At some point last year we took part in some filming in partnership with the local authority to show the benefits of early years education to parents and children alike. To see some snippets of our nursery have a look at the video below.
As part of our commitment to strengthen the bond between home and nursery we are currently adding more and more home learning opportunities across the setting. The first part was the introduction of our online learning journals and we have now introduced a new friend to Baby and Toddler Room.
The children were immediately excited when they saw their new friend and they chose to name him Floppy because of his “big floppy ears”.
Floppy will be going home every weekend with a different child and he brings his own diary, so you can record his adventures. We kindly ask that you just go about your weekend as normal, but take Floppy with you wherever you go, so you can snap some pictures and write a diary entry about what your child did with Floppy. Please return him and his diary on the first day you come back to the setting.
We can’t wait to read everyone’s amazing adventures with Floppy!
Self-care skills are essential for young children to develop. They allow infants to become independent from their carers and learn to manage their own needs. Overall this gives them a huge confidence boost and a sense of accomplishment. And this starts with something as simple as shoes…
Let me set the following scenario from yesterday. I entered our Baby and Toddler Room around 2.30pm and found 13 highly excited but frustrated children between the ages of 14 and 32 months sitting on the carpet in front of me. I asked them if they were excited to go outside and received a resounding: “Yeeeeah!”. Then I asked who is putting their shoes on… and there was no answer. The children’s shoes were everywhere apart from on their feet and 2 teachers were present pulling on the children’s shoes and getting frustrated with shoe laces on converse. I gave a helping hand and it still took 3 adults nearly 15 minutes to get 13 children’s shoes on. To us (and your children!) these are 15 minutes of valuable outdoor play time these children have just lost – all over shoes. Out of 13 children 2 wore shoes that were remotely easy for children to open, slip their feet in and close.
Things don’t need to be like that, if we choose practicality over fashion when children are in nursery.
Children that are toilet training need to wear clothes they can attempt to remove in about 20 seconds or less; Jogging Pants, Leggings, Trousers with stretchy waistbands are all great items of clothing. Dungarees however should not be put on a child that needs to toilet themselves unless you like the straps to get inside the loo when they are using the toilet.
Any shoes with a simple buckle or velcro strap are great to promote children’s independence, first when it comes to taking their shoes off and then later when learning to put them on. Hi-top Converse with massive laces however will leave children (and adults) dreading outdoor play.
Your child’s success can be hugely impacted by the simple choices we make daily.
It is a huge part of our curriculum (EYFS) and we are working very hard to teach children to become independent in caring for themselves. The expectations around self-care can be found in the area of Physical Development.
Early Years Foundation Stage – Curriculum
Physical Development Outcomes: What are we expected to teach?
8-20 months: “Can actively cooperate with care routines”
16-26 months: “Shows a desire to help with dressing/undressing routines.”
22-36 months: “Helps with clothing and is beginning to be independent in self-care, but still needs adult support.”
30-50 months: “Dresses with help”
40-60 months: “They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.
The younger children have also been joining in with the international month. They enjoyed singing the continent song at circle time and many of the children learnt the names of the continents during this week. The children were leaving to go home waving and saying “bye Africa, bye Europe…”
The children also enjoyed making their own continents. They firstly coloured their paper plates blue to make the ocean and then glued the continents onto it. Again the older children enjoyed naming the continents.
Talk to your children about the places they live in and places they go and how other places for examples in stories you read are “far away”. You can teach your children new concepts and language through lots of songs. Join in and sing the continent song at home:
Links to the EYFS (Curriculum)
8-20 months: Communication and Language: Moves whole bodies to sounds they enjoy such as music or a regular beat.
16-26 months: Communication and Language: Listens to and enjoys rhythmic patterns in rhymes and stories.
22-36 months: Communication and Language: Learns new words very rapidly and is able to use them in communicating.