Tag: Pre School

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?

Autumn Leaf Suncatchers

This week we have been busy making these lovely Autumn Leaf Suncatchers.

We picked the fresh autumn leaves up off the ground in the garden during playtime after lunch then once back indoors decorated our paper plates with Autumn colours and stuck the leaves on to the contact paper. Once finished, we hung them up on the window and waited for the sun to shine through them. They are really effective and look beautiful when the sun shines.

It was a lovely craft do with the toddlers and pre-schoolers to explore and welcome in the new season.

Areas of learning covered: Understanding the World, Communication & Language, Art and Design, Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Magic!

A mindee (aged 2.5) arrived recently one morning desperate to make a fairy wand. It was 8am and I didn’t quite have my arts and crafts head on at that time(!) but with some quick thinking I summoned up some glittery card, a star shaped object to draw around, grabbed some drinking straws, sequins, pens and some sticky tape and off to work we set!

They loved the end result so much that we had to make a few!

Aren’t they fab?!

 

Stickers!

Here at Aston childcare the children all love stickers. They get immense satisfaction from peeling the backs off and sticking them down in their chosen spot.

At one time, I questioned whether they were slightly limited in what they can teach children but, after reflecting, I found that they are great for Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language skills and Physical Development (Fine motor skills). They also help children learn and talk about all manner of subjects (Understanding the World) so I think they do have their place when varied with other activities.

I always try and have a good stock of them. I find they are particularly useful say, at transition times, when we are waiting for parents to pick up at the end of the day when it’s not so suitable to have messy paints or arts and crafts out. I also have a range of reward stickers that the children always love to receive with positive comments such as “lovely listener”, “great helper” and ones to reward self care and healthy eating such as “I ate all my food” and “I used the toilet”.

Some of our favourites have been from the Usborne sticker books and some fab re-usable Melissa and Doug ones. We’ve covered all manner of subjects – sea creatures, wild animals, domestic animals, minibeasts, airports, trucks and transport, children of the world, letters, numbers and shapes  to name but a few!

Areas of learning covered: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Maths, Literacy and  Understanding the world