Will they hug my child?

Jun 17 2020

The image of a three-year-old standing in the middle of a Hula Hoop in order to social distance jars uncomfortably with the Early Years teacher. It challenges the idea of attachment which is one of the first child development theories all Early Years teachers learn as students. From the early work of British Psychologist, John Bowlby to modern neuroscientists such as Alison Gopnik we learn that creating a safe haven, where children can test their emotional boundaries supported by warm, sensitive and reassuring adults is crucial for children to develop healthy attachments and a powerful predictor of a child’s later social and emotional outcome. The theories of attachment have resulted in nursery practice which include the settling in procedure, the role of the “key person”, and the importance of transition.

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Creating a Nursery that Enriches a Child’s Experience

Nov 18 2019

For many parents, while they might love the idea of continuing their job as a stay-at-home mum or dad, often, this is a situation that is short-lived. Finances usually play a huge part in why parents have to go back to work, and so the feeling of worry about how their child will continue their development journey is much higher. When it comes time for them to go back to work, they want to know that their child is not only in safe hands but is also having an enriching experience. As a nursery worker, you have a responsibility to provide the children in your care with such an experience, and here is how you can do so.

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Childcare schemes: Thousands of London families to benefit from almost £9 million boost to childcare schemes

Jan 11 2017

Thousands of new childcare places for working parents around the country are being created thanks to a £50 million grant scheme that has been recently announced by the Education Secretary Justine Greening. London parents can be delighted to know that the Capital alone will receive £8,681,038, spread across 32 projects. The confirmed projects will create almost 9,000 free places for eligible three and four-year-olds, saving parents around £5,000 per year when it is rolled out from next September.

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