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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.

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.

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.

Check out our New Menu!

We’re proud to present to you our new Winter Menu. Created with the latest research into child nutrition and with parent feedback in mind, we’ve created a 5 week rolling menu providing healthy, homemade meals cooked on-site in our Dartington, Dartmouth and Newton Abbot nurseries. Take a look at our new ‘High Teas’ – Continue reading