starting pre-school

The Importance of Endings and Goodbyes

by ParentalChoice
in starting pre-school, Parenting, Children
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Goodbyes are an important ritual in our culture for a good reason. They signify that something has come to an end and that it is time for something new to happen. Even when the new event is fun or exciting, this transition itself can be difficult, especially for young children, and it is often important ...

Spread your wings little bird

by ParentalChoice
in starting pre-school, Parenting, nursery
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Given that it is the time of year when many children are 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 ...

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 ...