In the news…glitter!

I may have to re-think our use of glitter after reading this story in the news today! –

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-42023245

 

 

 

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In the news…tax-free childcare scheme delayed

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-42001173

I am signed up to the new tax-free childcare scheme but have also signed the petition to keep childcare vouchers open beyond April 2018. The petition has reached more than 100,000 signatures and therefore Parliament will debate the petition on 15 January 2018.

What does the new scheme mean for you, are you pleased or not?

 

 

The decline of nursery rhymes

I came across this story today which I thought was interesting.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5052873/Nursery-rhymes-no-longer-sung-children.html

A while ago my son showed no interest in nursery rhymes (much to my dismay!)  despite my desperate attempts to teach him some. So I was delighted when he started pre-school and would come home singing them. I remember pacing up and down the living room with him as a tiny baby in a desperate attempt to get him to sleep by singing every nursery rhyme I could think of!

Here at Aston Childcare we enjoy nursery rhymes in books, on CDs we listen to and on poster cards.

I’m pleased to say that the other children in my care love nursery rhymes, I would have to say Twinkle Twinkle little star is their favourite! My personal favourite is Incy Wincy spider! What’s yours?

Autumn Leaf Suncatchers

This week we have been busy making these lovely Autumn Leaf Suncatchers.

We picked the fresh autumn leaves up off the ground in the garden during playtime after lunch then once back indoors decorated our paper plates with Autumn colours and stuck the leaves on to the contact paper. Once finished, we hung them up on the window and waited for the sun to shine through them. They are really effective and look beautiful when the sun shines.

It was a lovely craft do with the toddlers and pre-schoolers to explore and welcome in the new season.

Areas of learning covered: Understanding the World, Communication & Language, Art and Design, Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Whilst stocking up on new craft supplies in Poundland the other week, I came across this fantastic Very Hungry Caterpillar ‘Create a Scene’ sticker book which the children have really been enjoying.

It’s an A3 laminated picture scene and comes with lots of lovely colourful vinyl stickers to create your very own Very Hungry Caterpillar and Friends action scene. The stickers are reusable so the children can change the scene again and again. There are lots of stickers including sunflowers, a cow, a horse, a ladybird, a duck, a bee, a butterfly, a spider, a sunshine and of course a caterpillar!

I first sat down to do it with one of my 2 year old mindees and we had a lovely time as she sat and placed all the stickers in her chosen place and called out all the animals, insects and plants.

“We’ve got TWO caterpillars!” she exclaimed  and then  – “I love these stickers”

She sounded out the animal sounds as she placed each sticker down –  “Moo”, “Neigh”, “Quack”

“Wheres the pond?” she asked me as she laid down the duck sticker.

We have also been enjoying the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle which is a lovely story and great for counting. They have also been using their fine motor skills and enjoyed creating collages by gluing and sticking with some great Very Hungry Caterpillar picture cut outs which really help bring the book to life and they’ve learnt new words such as “cocoon”

Next year I hope to do one of these fantastic ‘Caterpillar kits’ from Insectlore which would be such a lovely activity.

https://www.insectlore.co.uk/butterflies/live-butterfly-kits/butterfly-garden-with-5-live-caterpillars.html

they are also available at Argos –

http://www.argos.co.uk/product/6125532

Areas of Learning covered: Understanding the World, Literacy, Mathematics, Arts and Design, Physical Development (Fine motor skills), Communication & Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development

 

 

Splish, Splash, Splosh!

With Autumn upon us, we can say goodbye to our Summer which we may all remember as being notably wetter than average!

Whilst many were bemoaning the rain filled days however, as a childminder it was an opportunity to indulge in one of the children’s favourite activities – Jumping in muddy puddles!

As adults if we see a muddy puddle our instinct is to avoid them, when children see them they want to jump in and splash in them.

The children love getting bundled up in their waterproofs and wellies and even a short drive to our chosen muddy puddle destination(!) is an adventure for them as we drive over bridges, spot sheep in the fields, pass big tractors, and drive along the bumpy country roads.

The children love it and it’s a great way for them to let off some steam whilst getting some fresh air rather than being cooped up in an overcrowded soft play on a wet day.

It gives great opportunities for the children to learn and discover and to indulge in some “risky play”.

Areas of learning covered: Physical Development, Understanding the World, Communication & Language, Mathematics, Personal, Social and Emotional development