Home Alone – It’s not who you are but what you do that makes the difference to your child’s home learning

Nov 29 2020

Home Learning became a big issue during our first lockdown. The importance of connecting with children and families, the offer of teaching support and the nurturing of friendships was a surprisingly powerful wake up call for so many. This lockdown is a bit different because nurseries are still available for anyone who wants to use them. However, there were some lessons that we learnt during lockdown that we need to consider and develop further.

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What is the ‘Write’ way for our children?

Nov 22 2020

The other day, my neighbour stopped to chat and introduced me to her 4-year-old granddaughter. Before I could say hello, she said proudly that she can count to 100 and write her name.  This is not unusual and resonant of a growing pattern where adults seem to feel it is important to want their children to be able to read and write almost before they can speak.

So, what has prompted this urge?  Do we need children to be able to sign their names by the age of three? Do they have their own chequebooks?  I suspect it is part of our modern urge to teach children complex concepts far too early.

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Preparing your child for their return to nursery – and a new normal

Sep 02 2020

Being a parent is great fun but also full of challenges and anxieties.  The rise of social media and easy access to everyone’s opinion cannot help as it’s difficult to extract fact from opinion.  Never was this more alive than during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.  It was compounded by the Government guidance continually changing as they discovered new information.

We have about two million families in England with children aged under five, and nearly 87% of them use some form of formal childcare. What did they say about their lockdown.  It is a mixed picture.  Some families loved the experience of lockdown and had a ball, others didn’t do so well.  For some parents’ lockdown started fine but, as the weeks ran into months, pressure soon mounted and they began to burnout.  Parents working from home with small children found it very stressful and said they were exhausted and used the “screen” as a babysitter more than normally to try and get some work done. There were tussles as to the parent roster? Who did more of the childcare? Whose job could be done at night? Whose Zoom call was more pressing?  Double demands if you were a single parent.

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