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The Importance of Empowering Children

The Importance of Empowering Children

Confidence and self-esteem enable children to feel happy.

At Humpty Dumpty Childcare, we will always want the best outcomes for the children we care for and educate. We want to see our little explores flourish and reach their full potential.

Staff from all our nurseries recently attended a training session on ‘Empowering Early Years’ delivered by the Early Years’ teacher, trainer and higher education lecturer (FdA Early Childhood), Hannah O’Donnell, from

Young children learn and develop effectively through being engaged in high-quality play and fun so that they can explore, be active, hypothesise, develop ideas, be creative and develop their sense of self and a life-long love of learning. At Humpty Dumpty Childcare we believe passionately in providing learning opportunities which are fun, exciting and hugely impactful for all aspects of a child’s life now and for their future. To empower children is to guide them to feel valued, capable and to realise they play the role of creator in their own lives and futures.

Here are 5 reasons why we should empower children:

Grow confidence and self-esteem
Confidence and self-esteem enable children to feel happy and comfortable with who they are, as well as try new things. They are more likely to manage their own behaviour.

Encourage independence
Allowing children to have a say in their lives and make choices that affect them helps them to be independent.

Build resilience
Empowerment is a key factor in building resilience, which enables children to bounce back from whatever life throws their way.

Develop self-respect
When children understand that they are powerful creators in their own worlds, they develop a sense of self-respect. Self-respect enables children to better respect and value others.

Make them better learners
A confident, independent child has the best chance of being an effective learner and shaping a fantastic future for themselves.

How to empower children

+ Celebrate accomplishments

+ Involve children in family life

+ Lead by example

+ Support and guide children on their journey


Let’s empower children today and help them to become more resilient, effective learners. What better way to set them on a path to reach their full potential?

ParentZone FAQs

At our nurseries we combine care with education by following the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which means that our nursery staff carry out regular observations of every child, ensuring that their learning and development incorporates their interests and needs.

Observation is the formal term for one of the most important aspects of day-to-day professional practice when working with children.  Observation allows the Key Person to log the activities of a child or group of children, much of it will be informal and will cover all areas of the EYFS, as well as recording special moments, like your child’s first steps, kindness towards others or even eating something for the first time.  All of your child’s experiences at nursery are recorded via ParentZone in their unique Learning Journal, enabling you to look over your child’s time at nursery for years to come.

The evidence collected from these observations is analysed regularly to make assessments of the children’s learning and development. Under the EYFS all practitioners working with children are required to use formative assessments and observations to support the children’s individual planning.

We use ParentZone to give you information about your child’s day at nursery and learning developments.

You will need to register to login

Register and login to ParentZone here:

Your questions answered…

What is ParentZone?
ParentZone is a smartphone app that brings you closer to your child’s development in the nursery.
You can view a timeline of their day, photos, videos and notes on their daily activities, as well as book extra sessions, pay invoices and update contact information – all from your phone.

How do I get ParentZone?
You can download the app for iOS or Android on the App Store or Google Play. You can also access ParentZone online at

How do I get a log in?
Access is by invitation only. Provide us with an up-to-date email address and we’ll send you an email to activate your account. Then follow the link to create your unique ParentZone login.

Can I change my password and details?
It’s easy to change your password and even add security questions for extra security. We suggest you change your password every three months to make it even more secure. You can edit any of your details on the profile screen, such as your address and contact details. This will immediately update us with any changes.

Can I see my bill on ParentZone?
You can view invoices and make payments from the ‘Finance’ tab. You can also email invoices to yourself by selecting them from the ‘Communication’s tab.

How do I make payments?
The ‘Finance’ tab shows any outstanding balance. Simply type in the amount you want to pay and select ‘Make a Payment’. You will then be prompted to enter your card details.

What is a ‘Day In The Life Report’?
A Day In The Life Report shows you an overview of your child’s day at nursery. You will see their sleep times, nappy changes and meals, as well as any accidents and observations that have taken place that day.

How do I get a Day In The Life Report?
From the ParentZone home screen, select ‘Day In The Life Report’, which you will find underneath your child’s photo. Then select your chosen dates and the report will be emailed to your registered address.

How safe is my data?
All data on ParentZone is protected by a 256-bit, Transport Layer Security (TLS) certificate. Typically, your Internet banking will have 128-bit security, so ParentZone is twice as secure.

Where is my data stored?
Your data is hosted on secure UK-based, highly resilient servers. The secure data centres are certified to international ISO27001 standards, meaning they are tested against a strict security standard.

Who can view information on ParentZone?
You can decide if you would like other family members or carers to view information, but log ins can only be created by the Nursery Manager. Your data on ParentZone, including photos and videos, can only be viewed by you and designated family members or guardians, and our staff. Our Nursery Manager can set permissions for staff so that they can only access data for their key children. Staff can only log in within their working hours. If they need to log in out of hours, they have to get a pin number from our designated safeguarding officer.

Will my child’s photos end up on Google?
No, all data is securely stored and is only accessible via a secure log in, no search engine or external source can access it.

Can I delete my data when my child leaves?
We do not remove records automatically, as you may wish to continue to log in to ParentZone to download images and notes after your child has left Humpty Dumpty Childcare. As a requirement of Ofsted, we need to keep certain data for a number of years. If you would like any data removed, please speak to one of our Childcare Managers.

Who owns the data in ParentZone?
As Data Controllers, the nursery owns the data. Connect Childcare, the makers of ParentZone are the Data Processors and are responsible for the storage and security of your data. Connect Childcare are registered with the ICO (Information Commissioners Office), which means that they must comply with strict data protection legislation. More information can be found on the ICO website

Protecting your child.

June 2019. Devon County Council has asked us to share a letter of notice. Public Health England is seeing an increase in the number of cases of scarlet fever and/or chickenpox.

Chickenpox is a mild and common childhood illness that most children catch at some point. It causes a rash of red, itchy spots that turn into fluid-filled blisters.
For most children, chickenpox is a mild illness that gets better on its own. But some children can become more seriously ill and need to see a doctor. Contact your GP straight away if your child develops any abnormal symptoms.

Scarlet Fever is also a mild childhood illness but unlike chickenpox, it requires antibiotic treatment. Symptoms include a sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting, followed by a fine red rash which typically first appears on the chest and stomach, rapidly spreading to other parts of the body.
If you think you, or your child, have Scarlet Fever, contact your GP straight away or contact NHS 111 as soon as possible.
Please click on the download button to read the letter of advise from Devon Cornwall and Somerset Public Health England Centre.

If you think you, or your child, have Scarlet Fever, contact your GP straight away or contact NHS 111 as soon as possible.

Please click on the download button to read the letter of advise from Devon Cornwall and Somerset Public Health England Centre.

Are you tick aware?

When the sunshine makes an appearance, what better way to enjoy the weather than spending time in the outdoors?  There are some beautiful walks throughout Devon, from dramatic coastlines and sweeping bays to secluded valleys and the moors of Dartmoor and Exmoor, all waiting to be discovered.

Enjoying the outdoors is great for our health and wellbeing and has many positive benefits.  Coming into Summer, Public Health Devon are encouraging the public to be ‘tick aware’ to maximise enjoyment outside.

Ticks are small spider-like creatures that feed on the blood of animals, including people.  They are found in woodland, grassland and moorland where there is a dense vegetation layer and can be found in some urban parks and gardens.  Ticks don’t jump or fly, but they attach themselves to animals or people as they brush past something the tick is on.  Adult ticks are more active in late spring and summer.

Some ticks carry may carry an infection which can pass on to you when you are bitten, including Lyme Disease.  Not all ticks carry Lyme-causing bacteria and not all bites from an infected tick result in Lyme Disease.  Lyme disease can be treated effectively with antibiotics, but if it is not treated or if there is a delay in treatment it can lead to complications.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease

Mild flu-like symptoms including fever, headache and tiredness.  Sometimes people develop a ‘bulls-eye’ rash but not everyone develops this rash.

There are some simple steps to reduce the chances of getting a tick bite:

  • Walk on clearly defined paths to avoid brushing against vegetation
  • Wear light colour clothing so you can see ticks and brush them off
  • Use an insect repellent that can repel ticks
  • Wear long trousers and long-sleeved tops to reduce the direct exposure of ticks to your skin

Tick check

Ticks are very small and their bite is not painful so you may not realise you have one attached to your skin.  After you have enjoyed your walk, do a tick check to make sure there are none attached to your skin, by looking and feeling for ticks.  Look out for anything as small as a speck of dirt or freckle.

What do I do if I find a tick?

If the tick is removed from your skin within 24 hours you are less likely to get an infection.  The safest way is to use fine-tipped tweezers or a tick removal tool.  Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull upwards slowly and firmly.  Once removed, wash with soap and water or apply antiseptic and keep an eye on the area.

If you being to feel unwell contact your GP and remember to tell them you have been bitten by a tick.

You can find more information about ticks on the NHS Choices website:

Protecting your child against mumps and measles

May 2019. Devon County Council has asked us to share a letter of notice. Public Health is seeing an increase in the number of cases of mumps across Devon.

Mumps is a virus spread in the same way as colds and flu. Mumps is most known for painful swellings at the side of the face under the ears, giving a person with mumps a distinctive “hamster face” appearance. Other symptoms include a high temperature with joint pain and loss of appetite. Swellings are not always present – mumps can sometimes have the same symptoms as other viruses such as glandular fever.

It is important that you contact your GP if you think your child may have mumps so that a diagnosis can be made and advice given.

Please click on the download button to read the letter of advise from Devon County Council.

Top 10 tips to help children enjoy reading

Reading should be fun.  What you can do to help turn your kids into little bookworms.

Top 10 tips to help children enjoy reading

1. Make books a part of family life – Always have books around at home. That way you and your children are ready to get reading, even if it’s only for ten minutes.

2. Join your local library – Get your child a library card. They’ll be able to get their hands on hundreds of fantastic books, as well as the latest video games, blu-rays and DVDs. Let them choose what they want to read to help them develop their own interests.

3. Read about something they’re interested in – Help your child find the right book for them. It doesn’t matter if it’s fiction, poetry, comic books or non-fiction.

4. All reading is good – Don’t rule out non-fiction, comics, graphic novels, magazines or leaflets. Reading is reading and it’s all worthwhile.

5. Get comfortable! – Snuggle up together somewhere warm and cosy, whether it’s in bed, on a beanbag or on the sofa. And make sure your child has somewhere comfy to read on their own too.

6. Ask questions – To keep them interested in the story, ask your child questions as you read. Start with ‘Where did we get to last time?’, ‘Can you remember what’s happened so far?’ and ‘What do you think will happen next?’.

7. Read whenever you get the chance – Have a book or magazine with you for any time your child has to wait, like at the doctor’s or the dentist.

8. Read favourites again and again – Encourage your child to re-read the books and poems they love. Re-reading helps to build fluency and confidence.

9. Enjoy bedtime stories – Read with your kids at bedtime as often as you can. It’s a great way to end the day and to spend valuable time with them.

10. Make the most of rhyme and repetition – Books and poems with rhymes and repeated words or phrases are great for getting your kids to join in and remember the words.

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