Having recently attended a couple of seminars discussing the benefits of outdoor play it is worrying to note that in recent years, childhood has undergone a massive shift – it has moved indoors for screen time, as opposed to outdoors for play time. This has had many negative health consequences for children which are only now coming into view.
Just look around your local area and you’ll see that there are so very many different childcare settings to choose from. And they follow many different educational philosophies. One such education philosophy is the Reggio Emilia approach...
Five Ideas for Looking After Your Unwell Child. Looking at my Facebook page, it's clear to see that, once again, it's that time of year when our children come down with all kinds of sickness and bugs. It’s often a miserable time for everyone when a child is feeling poorly. Here are a few ideas to help cheer them up, and keep them occupied, until they feel better.
With new funding schemes for the Education Sector coming into place let’s look at current reports and the views and experiences of concerned parents and those in the know. What will the consequences be for your children?
Having spent a lot of time teaching early years, it's quite clear that more and more children are entering childcare settings with speech and language difficulties. Problems with speech and language are the most common developmental difficulty that children encounter. Studies indicate that as many as 1 in 10 children in the UK have speech and language difficulties, and these are particularly prevalent in the early years. Ten tips for helping children with SLD in the early years:
At every Childcare Expo I go to, I always really look forward to the themed 'room' which this time is packed with lovely resources and ideas for activities around the theme of 'Fairy Tales'' - and who doesn't love a good fairy tale? I predict that the new 'Beauty and the Beast' film is going… Continue reading A Magical Place to Learn
My day started well - I had to get up to Kensington Olympia for Childcare Expo and Southern Rail was actually running trains! I KNOW - what a result! I was interested to hear what the new minister for early years had to say at the Keynote Speech but, if I'm honest, I didn't really… Continue reading A Very Busy Day For Early Years Childcare!
Melanie Pilcher, of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, informed us (as her seminar began) that she had changed the title of her talk several times. Billed as 'Delivering the revised EYFS' for months previous to today's Childcare Expo, the announced release date had crept from being September 2016 to December 2016 and finally, three weeks ago,… Continue reading Revisions to the EYFS – a Few Long-Awaited Snippets!
Many parents need to think about how their baby is going to be looked after once they go back to work. Some will choose a Baby Room/Unit within an Early Years setting, either full or part time, depending on their needs. There is a greater choice of Early Years settings with Baby Units now than… Continue reading How Can We Ensure The Baby Room is Stimulating Enough?
16th Annual Childcare Survey from the Family and Childcare Trust (2017) The findings of the report make quite disturbing reading to anyone involved in, or needing to use, childcare in the Early Years sector. It has found that parents are paying an average of £6,000 a year for childcare. Astoundingly, this figure is twice as… Continue reading What Does the New report from the Family and Childcare Trust Mean for Parents?