starting pre-school

A Cohesive Education and Childcare System for UK working parents?

by ParentalChoice
in Work life balance, starting pre-school, schools, Parenting, nursery, Family, Childcare, Career
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It has long been the case that education and schooling sat in one corner whilst childcare, whether pre-school for babies and toddlers or after school and holiday care, sat in another, with parents responsible for finding, organising and, crucially, paying for the latter. Such childcare was and is currently provided by a combination ...

The Value of Ofsted Reports

by ParentalChoice
in Teenagers, starting pre-school, schools, nursery, Childcare
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Whether you are choosing a nanny, child-minder, school or after-school club there is a role that Ofsted can play in your decision making process. At each stage the inspection and reporting framework works differently. Early Years Ofsted is responsible for the registration and inspection of all childcare providers. It operates two re...

Reading with your child

by ParentalChoice
in teaching reading skills, starting pre-school, reading, Family
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It’s never too early for children to start reading; the right book can live long in the memory and help get them hooked from an extremely early age.   Reading is essential for babies’ development. Experts claim that babies respond to familiar faces, voices and being held close straight from birth so even newborns will ...

Starting Nursery – The Nursery Manager’s View

by ParentalChoice
in starting pre-school, nursery, Childcare
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We spend a lot of time focusing on what it’s like for children and their parents when they hit the major milestone of starting nursery but what about the people who deal with it every day. We wanted to understand what it is like to work in the nursery and how they help our little ...

Choosing a nursery, the NDNA’s advice

by ParentalChoice
in starting pre-school, nursery
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Picking the right childcare for your family is a difficult task. Choosing a first nursery can be daunting and making the right choice is important for you and your child.  We asked Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) to share her tips on choosing a nursery. Quality Make sure that t...

Spread your wings little bird

by ParentalChoice
in starting pre-school, Parenting, nursery
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Given that our theme this month is all about your child starting nursery for the first time I wanted to write about how it feels for Mum (or Dad but I’m using Mum because I am one) watching their little bird spread their wings into a whole new world. In the name of research I hit a ...