childcare

Starting Nursery – how to prepare your child

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Working Dad, starting pre-school, Moving house, Family, Children, Childcare
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Starting nursery school is a big step for both children and their parents.  For many it will be the first time they have regular and substantial separation from each other and in addition it marks the beginning of the child’s path towards increasing independence. This often gives rise to mixed feelings in both: children have ...

Being a New Working Mum – tips and advice

by ParentalChoice
in Working Mum, Work life balance, Parenting, New mum
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Being a new mum isn’t easy; being a new working mum is even harder so Parental Choice asked Luciana Andreoni, working mum at a leading cosmetics company, for her thoughts, tips and advice: “As I finished my last Zone visit before going on maternity leave, nothing felt easier than looking after a baby. The year leading ...

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 ...

Children’s Activities – how much should we schedule for them?

by ParentalChoice
in Parenting, Family, Children
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Last week as I was rushing from a dance pick up to a football drop off all with a toddler in tow, I thought about all the activities that my children undertake and whether all this is really beneficial for them (for all of us!)? We contacted Dr Annika and Dr Natalie, child psychologists at ...

Childcare – more for less

by ParentalChoice
in Childcare
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When I was originally asked to write this article on the theme of “doing more with less”, the first thing that sprang to mind, given that I am a mother of three children, was getting the most you can where childcare is concerned. It’s never been more relevant than now when most families are feeling ...

Stranger Danger

by ParentalChoice
in safety, Parenting, children's safety, Children, Childcare
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Stranger danger is a strong term that means the same to all of us, the risk of harm to our children from people that they don’t know. Almost all of us teach it to our young in some way from an early age along with other obvious safety lessons such as fire can burn and ...