In the news…Peppa Pig!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42322216

Do your little ones watch Peppa Pig and do you think there is any truth in this?!

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In the news…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-42167739

As childminders we do our best to ensure a child is school ready for when they enter their reception year. Part of our job is to read to our mindees, ensure lots of mark making materials are readily available, monitor their pencil grasp and ensure they can follow instructions and routines.

These formative years shape a child’s future and it is imperative that we give children the opportunities they need and deserve.

 

Goodbye Autumn

Today marks the end of Autumn, where has the time gone?!

I love Autumn, I am glad the heat of the Summer has passed, I am not rushing to cover the children in suncream or hats or frantically hydrating them and cooling them down and I love seeing the first blackberries on hedgerows and pulling on extra cosy layers.

As a childminder it’s a lovely time of year to be with the children. Here at Aston Childcare we have spent this season jumping in crunchy Autumn leaves, blackberry picking, collecting conkers, doing arts and crafts inspired by bonfire night and Halloween, exploring acorns, conkers and leaves in our nature tray and chatting about hibernation.

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter.

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?