School starting age

I was interested to read this story in the news regarding differing school starting ages –

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-43562029

My son, a Summer born baby, will start school just aged 4 which I feel is extremely young but what age is a good age to start school and just how long should we keep children learning through play?

In the news…Working Dads

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-43463335

I completely agree with Maria Miller of the Women and Equalities Committee here who says “Workplace policies have not kept up with the social changes in people’s everyday lives,” and adds that “outdated assumptions” about men’s and women’s roles in relation to work and childcare” is a further barrier to change.

Happy Mother’s Day!

The children have really enjoyed making Mother’s Day cards for their Mums this week. It was a lovely, simple activity that they could all enjoy from the youngest at 2.5 years old to the eldest at 5 years old.

Stickers feature heavily in our setting because all the kids love them and they don’t require any preparation. Its great for them all to sit around the table and chat and to develop their concentration and fine motor skills.

Areas of Learning covered: Communication & Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development (Fine Motor Skills)

 

Happy Chinese New Year!

This week we have been looking at Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the dog.

I love the Newsround website for great, simple explanations of celebrations –

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/38668427

Here at Aston Childcare, we love a good collage – all that cutting, gluing and sticking is great for the children’s fine motor skills, and sat around the table together is great for their communication & language and personal, social and emotional development.

We have used some beautiful Chinese inspired printed papers with pictures of beautiful lanterns and cherry blossom for our collages this week, have been dressing up in our fantastic traditional Chinese dressing up outfit and made New Year Cards for Mums and Dads.

Gung hay fat choy!

Areas of Learning covered: Understanding the World, Communication & Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development (Fine Motor Skills) Literacy and Expressive Arts and Design.

 

Only half of pre-school children being read to daily

I came across this story today in The Guardian which states that only half of pre-school children are being read to daily.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/feb/21/only-half-of-pre-school-children-being-read-to-daily-study-finds

It is such a shame that this is the case but I completely see why. Working parents work long days. I am a Mum of just one and don’t have a long commute either side of my day which affords me quality time to spend with my son reading, which, quite frankly, if I worked elsewhere I would be pushed to get given his 7pm bedtime.

Although I know my mindees all have literary rich environments at home, it reinforces the need for us as early years carers to ensure all children in our care, whatever their age, have access to age appropriate reading material.

Our village pre-school is excellent at reading to the children and fostering a love of books  in children too.

Do you find time to read to your pre-schooler?

First aid

Did you know that all childminders are required to complete a 2 day paediatric first aid course covering all manner of topics including baby CPR.

I recently refreshed my training with St Johns Ambulance. Apparently the first aid emergency that parents are most worried about is their baby not breathing, yet only 1 in 4 know what to do. They have produced a catchy tune with some playful nursery rhyme characters to help make baby CPR unforgettable. Be sure to share it with friends and family.

http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/support-us/our-campaigns/baby-cpr-nursery-rhymes-inc.aspx