Say No to CO

You may have read the story in the news about Sharon and Neil Shepherd who devastatingly lost their two children Bobby and Christi Shepherd due to carbon monoxide poisoning on holiday back in 2006. After a 9 year battle, an inquest last month ruled that Christi and Bobby were unlawfully killed and that Thomas Cook had breached its care of duty.

The dangers of Carbon monoxide form part of my Risk Assessments here at Aston Childcare and I have an alarm installed in our living room. Make sure you have one too……..

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New government legislation

With the ever present threat of terrorism around the world, the Government have issued a new “PREVENT” strategy, effective from today, which aims to protect children from terrorism and radicalisation. I have read and familiarised myself with the document and incorporated the strategy into my safeguarding procedures.

The PREVENT strategy requires all childminders and early years providers to identify any children who are considered to be at risk of being involved in terrorism or radicalised and refer them to the Local Authority.

Definitions – 

Terrorism – the Terrorism Act 2000 defines terrorism as: “The use or threat of action designed to influence the government or an international governmental organisation or to intimidate the public, or a section of the public; made for the purposes of advancing a political, religious, racial or ideological cause; and it involves or causes: serious violence against a person; serious damage to a property; a threat to a person’s life; a serious risk to the health and safety of the public; or serious interference with or disruption to an electronic system.”

Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism.

Any questions, please ask!

Sand and Water play

With the nearest beach over 80 miles from us, we bought the beach to us today, well, kind of! Sand and Water Play is great for helping promote a child’s development and is perfect for days like today.

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Our cooking creations


Cooking offers children a variety of learning experiences. It’s a practical way to teach children basic life skills, as well as academic skills involving reading, science and maths so what better excuse for making and consuming fairy cakes! We went for pink icing and chocolate sprinkles today!


The week has got off to a good start with our chickens laying their first egg! There have been a number of worrying reports in the news that children don’t know where their food comes from with some children thinking that tomatoes grow under ground and that potatoes grow on bushes or trees. Keeping chickens offers a wonderful opportunity to teach children where food comes from and to respect and appreciate the food they eat.

Our first egg!

Heatwave on its way….

According to reports we are due a heatwave next week! Children cannot control their body temperature as efficiently as adults during hot weather and so are more susceptible to heat related illnesses. I have a “heatwave plan” in place and will be taking measures to keep children cool and safe during the hot spell.

In the news this week….

Great News! All babies from September 2015 are to be offered the Meningitis B vaccine…..

There’s some really useful information about spotting the signs and symptoms of Meningitis on the Meningitis Now website:

Zip It, Block It, Flag it

Here at Aston Childcare a laptop is provided for children wishing to access the internet or hone their IT skills! The laptop is installed with special child safety software to ensure children are kept safe online. One of my fears as a new parent is my child growing up in a world prevalent with the internet and social media.  The simple “zip it, block it, flag it” message encourages children to:

  • Zip it – keep your personal stuff private and think about what you say and do online
  • Block it – block people who send you nasty messages and don’t open unknown links and attachments
  • Flag it – flag up with someone you trust if anything upsets you or if someone asks to meet you offline


There are some more helpful pointers about internet safety online for parents on the NSPCC website –

Chick chick chick chick chicken

The weekend saw the arrival of our chickens and proved an incredibly popular addition after school today! We have gone for 2 “Oxford Brown” chickens known for their lovely calm demeanour and standard brown eggs. A new pet policy and risk assessment are now in place. The chickens are housed in their own spacious coop in the garden. Rest assured that stringent hygiene measures will be adhered to at all times.