Category: News stories

In the news…not enough play

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42773557

This is a really interesting story in today’s news. Here at Aston Childcare, as well as adult led play, I ensure the children have lots of free unstructured play time.

Do you think children spend enough time ‘just’ playing?

In the news…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-42167739

As childminders we do our best to ensure a child is school ready for when they enter their reception year. Part of our job is to read to our mindees, ensure lots of mark making materials are readily available, monitor their pencil grasp and ensure they can follow instructions and routines.

These formative years shape a child’s future and it is imperative that we give children the opportunities they need and deserve.

 

In the news…tax-free childcare scheme delayed

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-42001173

I am signed up to the new tax-free childcare scheme but have also signed the petition to keep childcare vouchers open beyond April 2018. The petition has reached more than 100,000 signatures and therefore Parliament will debate the petition on 15 January 2018.

What does the new scheme mean for you, are you pleased or not?