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
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.
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.
“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.
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 →