Ooh arr!

The children all enjoyed some pirate themed arts and crafts last week.

They all enjoyed colouring in their own pirate ships, using some fun Pirate foam stickers and perhaps their favourite of all, decorating their very own Pirate swords!

The children (aged 2.5-4 years old) had great fun extending their vocabulary and learning lots of new words such as treasure, sails, mast and plank whilst the eldest of the group (aged 5) was able to teach them new phrases such as “x marks the spot”!

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School starting age

I was interested to read this story in the news regarding differing school starting ages –

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-43562029

My son, a Summer born baby, will start school just aged 4 which I feel is extremely young but what age is a good age to start school and just how long should we keep children learning through play?

Happy Mother’s Day!

The children have really enjoyed making Mother’s Day cards for their Mums this week. It was a lovely, simple activity that they could all enjoy from the youngest at 2.5 years old to the eldest at 5 years old.

Stickers feature heavily in our setting because all the kids love them and they don’t require any preparation. Its great for them all to sit around the table and chat and to develop their concentration and fine motor skills.

Areas of Learning covered: Communication & Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development (Fine Motor Skills)

 

And we’re off!

The start of a new year and back to work.

The playroom has undergone a good clean, the high chairs are back out, the nappy changing area set up, the book shelves organised, the toys cleaned and set out, the carpets and furniture vacuumed and vaxed, the garden tidied and tired outdoor toys hosed down and cleaned all ready for a new year of fun and play. Happy New Year everyone!

 

 

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?