20-hours Free ECE came into effect in 2007. Children aged 3 and 4 are funded by government at a higher rate for centres offering “20 Hours ECE”, but only for up to 6 hours per day and a maximum of 20 hours per week. Services are unable to charge for these funded hours, but there […]
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Outdoor play🏃♀️🏃🏃♂️ is a favourite past-time for most young children and an important part of their development, but parents need to be aware of the damage that too much sun☀️ exposure can cause. Experts advise that just one bad, blistering sunburn during childhood can double the risk of skin cancer later in life! Sun☀️ protection […]
The great outdoors 🌳offers a sense of freedom, with space to stretch🙇, leap, throw🤾♀️, run 🏃♂️and release energy! Encouraging physical play in early childhood is important for life-long health. Research has shown that children who are physically active, are less likely to have health problems later in life. Experts recommend young children 👧🧒👦should get 30 […]
𝗪𝗮𝗿𝗺 𝗙𝘂𝘇𝘇𝘆 𝗣𝗮𝗽𝗲𝗿 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘀 Because children👶👧🧒👦 have so much to learn, they often get things wrong❌. It’s important to keep reminding them of all the things they get right✅! Warm fuzzy paper chains give your child a running record of the good things they have done. Cut several sheets of coloured paper into strips, ready […]
A pet🐭 in the family can have many advantages for your child. From an educational point of view, pets🐹 can provide lessons about life – reproduction, birth, illnesses, accidents, death and bereavement. They can also help foster a sense of responsibility as your child learns to take care of their pet🐰. Emotionally, a positive relationship […]
1) Wear whatever hats👒, necklaces, rings💍 and bangles your child makes for you. Show them how much you value the creations they made for you with love. 2) Request a ‘kid fix’ – a big hug👩👦👨👧 and kiss from your child. Let them know how much better you feel after your fix. 3) Sing 🎼along […]
Most parents find family life pretty hectic – balancing home life 🏠with work-life 🏢and other commitments can fill days, weeks, and months with no respite. Weekends are often spent catching up on household chores,🧹 shopping, 🛍🛒and other errands, leaving little time for rest and relaxation (R&R). Yet we know that downtime is essential. Regular R&R, […]
How much is going on in your child’s life at the moment? Many families find that life is very ‘busy’, with activities and commitments coming thick and fast every week. Add to this the natural life changes that children have to cope with: the birth of a sibling; 🤱moving house; 🏠starting a new preschool or […]
Through constant exposure to books📗📙 and stories🧞♂️, children begin to develop an understanding that symbols♻️can be read and interpreted by others. This promotes the concept that thoughts,💭 experiences🎭 and ideas💡can be represented through words, pictures, 🖼photos and print. Read 📖to your child 👨👦every day – books, 📚magazines,📰 letters, and recipes – anything that reinforces the […]