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Humpty Dumpty Childcare Team become a “Crew” for the weekend.

This weekend saw the return of the annual Rotary Charity Longboat Race the event raises funds for well deserving charities. Our crew faced stiff competition from 15 other teams who entering the event. Our Humpty Dumpty Childcare paddlers can be proud of their achievements by being race winners in the B-Final and coming in fifth overall.

An incredible time was had by all and our thanks must go to the Rotary Club for organising such an entertaining event.

Learning to Learn

“How to Learn” boosts children’s development – Meta Cognition

Children as young as three can benefit from developing how to learn skills, which can boost children’s attainment by seven months, according to new research.

When a child starts to understand their own way of thinking it is called meta Cognition.

There are seven practical, evidence-based recommendations to support teachers. The report contains a number of myth busters.

So what is the benefit of Learning to Learn?

During the child’s early development this could mean that they develop different strategies to remember shapes, letters and ultimately become more literate.

It was previously thought that these learning skills could only be applied to older children. But this new report destroys that myth, suggesting children as young as three would benefit. The children who have learnt these skills show greater attention, recognition and retention. The report is aimed at teachers and childcare professionals, but we thought our parents would benefit from having access to it. The report can be found here: Metacognition and self-regulated learning.

Should we take a little glitter out of life and add some sparkle to our oceans?

The Glitter Debate

Children love glitter and we love creating cards and crafts with them. However, what you may not know is that glitter is a microplastic; it ends up in the oceans and is consumed by animal life and eventually our children!

Although, compared to the enormous quantity of plastic winding up in the oceans glitter is likely to be only a small part of the problem. Personal care products, household cleaners and tyre wear making up the majority of this pollution.

We are sure you have all noticed that when the children bring their carefully crafted artworks the glitter flies off in the car, in the house and even covers the cat and dog. Where does all this glitter end up? In our oceans.

So will stopping to use glitter make any difference?

Well we believe it will make a huge difference. Firstly, directly in the reduction of pollution. There are 22,000 nurseries in the UK using massive amounts of glitter. That’s not taking into account all the glitter used at home. But the real opportunity is in educating our children about the environment and how to protect it. A simple act of ridding our nurseries of plastic glitter could educate a whole generation of people who care about our oceans and planet.

But we want your opinion. Is it more important to give children glitter to play with or protect the oceans – have your say.

If you want to rid your home of glitter please don’t wash your glitter down the sink, that’s the problem! Seal the glitter and dispose of it in the bin. If the glitter is in a liquid it can be strained through a coffee filter and disposed of, or of course, stick it to a final great creation.


Perhaps the rain has finally stopped!

Little ones are more sensitive to the sun and so we need to take extra special care of them. Getting children outdoors is essential and something that is important to us here at Humpty Dumpty Childcare. So being optimistic that the warmer weather will return, let’s get ready!

We would be really grateful if you could apply sunscreen to your child before they come to nursery. To keep their protection levels topped up could you also provide your child with sunscreen (minimum factor 15 / higher is preferred), which is clearly labelled with their name. To round off their outdoor adventure kit could we also have a sun hat and a few T-shirts.

We will try to be outside as much as possible before 11.00am and again after 3.00pm, unless the garden has sufficient shade. As you would expect we have a full policy on keeping children safe in the sun, which you can find by clicking the link.

To apply sunscreen to your child we need your permission could you please complete the Sun Safety Form.

Moving to big boy and girl cups.

Should children use sippy cups and sports bottles?

We understand the benefits of sippy cups and sports bottles, to prevent spills and mess, but do they have an impact on our little ones? Sippy cups and sports bottles require the child to suck to make them work. This means the baby or toddler isn’t making the necessary transition to sipping.

What should a baby or toddler drink from?

A free-flow feeder cup is better, as it doesn’t have valves and the flow of liquid is unrestricted. This means that children learn to drink normally. At Humpty Dumpty Childcare, we try to encourage all our children to drink from an open top cup – from weaning age to starting school.

The NHS website supports our policy: “it’s a good idea to introduce a cup rather than a bottle from about six months. By the time your baby is one, they should have stopped using bottles with teats”.

The NHS then goes on to encourage the use of open top cups “using an open cup or a free-flow cup without a valve will help your baby learn to sip rather than suck, which is better for their teeth”.

So where does all this advice about drinking cups get us?

We have a wide range of open top cups available at nursery and drinking water is always available. But we need your help, we would kindly ask not to provide your children with sippy cups and drinking bottles when they come to nursery and if possible restrict their use at home, sorry for the odd spill but their teeth with thank you!

Our Bottles cups and dummies policy.