As a teacher my question is why would you not want your child to be independent? Parents are children’s first educators, we know how exhausting it can be.
We often find with our busy lives it is quicker and simpler to do everything for our children, like putting on their shoes and coat for example. As a parent you may feel doing everything for your child shows them how much you love and care for them. You may think it is not safe for your child to learn by themselves. However
It can be a very upsetting time when your child seems genuinely distraught when dropped off at nursery. The journey there may go so well, is even good as you walk hand in hand through the door, but as soon as you try to hand your child over to a member of staff, they wrap themselves around your legs and start to howl. No matter how many times a staff member reassures you that your child is fine once you’ve left or advises you to persevere, explaining that these are just teeth
Transitioning into “big school” is an extremely exciting time, but can be a little daunting for both parents and children, so a positive approach is always important. Our nursery staff are here to give support every step of the way. We can help with any worries or fears on the lead up to school because we offer children opportunities to talk about their concerns and to ask questions. Often these worries will be about practical issues, such as leaving friendship groups or a ke
There’s nothing like seeing your baby’s face for the first time. When they lay, draped along your chest, hungry mouth searching, little eyes locked on yours. It’s a magical and, some might say, addictive moment. It is also the springboard of all your future communication together. For when baby first makes their appearance, that time spent laying on you is time spent breathing in your scent, hearing your voice, looking into your eyes and sinking into your skin. It is forming
Once upon a time – in fact, in April 2019, long before Lockdowns and parents became accustomed to schools reaching their children via FaceTime or Zoom – teachers at Latton Green Primary Academy in Harlow were reported to be using Facebook to live stream bedtime stories to pupils whose parents didn’t have time to read to their children. Pupils as young as five were snuggled up in bed with iPads or smart phones and were enjoying the stories read by the pyjama-clad teachers! Now
Three cheers, Christmas IS going to happen after all! Hip hip… Yes, it promises to be a tad different this year, Boris cautioning us to be jolly but “jolly careful” etc but, after all we’ve waded through this year, it’s a happy prospect indeed! I don’t know about you, but 2020 has pinpointed what’s really valuable to me: friends, family for sure (they always were, but maybe I took them for granted a bit), the big kindnesses (the selfless commitment of NHS staff), the smaller
Did you know that it was during lockdown from Bubonic Plague in 1665 that Isaac Newton developed Calculus and the Theory of Gravity? Well, well done him *clapping emojis*. But before we get too hung up on the extent of our lesser achievements during a pandemic, take heart — Newton had a couple of things in his favour: he was a freaky genius and he didn’t have kids! For many of us, balancing working from home with the all-consuming business of caring for — let alone home-schoo