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 https://www.empoweringearlyyears.com
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?
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.
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 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
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.
Find out what FREE childcare you are entitled. Did your child turn 3 years old between 1st April 2019 to 31st August 2019? Free childcare is available for all families in England. Apply before the 1 September 2019, apply now on https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
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.
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.
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!