“The greatest gift of Easter is hope!”

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In the lead up to Easter, we will be raising money for Women’s Aid Leicestershire. The money that we raise for this local charity will provide vital assistance to victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

In March 2020, all domestic abuse charities sounded the alarm. From the beginning of the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, their helplines experienced a sharp rise in calls from victim-survivors, and saw early evidence of domestic abuse cases escalating, featuring high levels of physical violence and coercive control.

Domestic homicides more than doubled in the first three weeks of lockdown. The three Lockdowns have led to an escalation of Domestic Violence with an increased demand for Women’s Aid’s services.

Let’s come together and win this fight against violence and domestic abuse. Let’s help to provide strength and freedom to those who need it the most. #TogetherWeCanMakeADifference

In the run up to Easter, we will be carrying out various fun activities for our children, parents and staff, in order to raise money for this great cause. Activities include Easter egg hunts, an Easter quiz Easter card making, a an Easter Zoom Fundraising Showcase, and dress up days for children and staff!

Lockdown 2.0 is here… Does that mean you are back to working from home with the children around? Crying babies? Toddlers singing and dancing? Paperwork go missing? Zoom meetings with your boss whilst your children are doing a fashion show in the background? Yep you’re not the only ones!!

Check out some of the pictures below of some of the hilarious work from home situations some parents found themselves in!

Mental health problems affect roughly 1 in 10 children and young people. The most common mental health problems seen in children are anxiety, ADHD, conduct disorders or learning disabilities.

Alarmingly, 70% of children and young people who experience mental health problems have no had appropriate interventions at the right age.⁣

The emotional well-being of children and young people is just as important as their physical health. Most children can start to show signs of mental health difficulties from a young age but often times these are misdiagnosed or ignored.

Because young people process information, events and emotions differently, nurturing children’s health is influential on their mental health as adults.⁣

Teaching children and young people healthy coping mechanisms, how to regulate strong emotions, how to create a safe space which is welcome to emotional and physical expression are all ways we can try to promote good mental health in children.

The start of good mental health in children leads to the development of well-round and resilient adults. Additionally promoting good mental health helps lead children into dealing with daily struggles and adversities much better in adulthood and helps them grow into strong self-confident individuals.

Head over to the http://www.theminddoc.co.uk/ for more on mental health.

The world is moving in a dangerous direction, and if we want our children to grow up into a natural world anything like our own, we need to act now. A warming globe and wasteful behaviour could threaten food stocks, increase extreme weather, lead to flooding, and destroy precious ecosystems.

Why do we at St. George’s Nursery need to be more sustainable?

Sustainability can be defined as ‘development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’.

At St. George’s, we’ve been working hard to think of lots of ways that we can act more eco-friendly. Why? Because we want to ensure that we are doing everything we can in order to help minimise the detrimental effects of certain human activities but more importantly we understand that the path to a more sustainable Earth will depend on how we educate the next generation. We want children to grow up with an understanding of how to look after the planet, and in turn, go on to influence others with their behaviour. The earlier you can teach these core principles, the better.

Children should be taught to respect and care for the world they live in from a young age, if they do, they are more likely to preserve it and consume more appropriately. This could help reduce the consumption of plastic in the future. One of the best ways for children to learn about the environment is to experience it.

Our aim is to empower our children, raise environmental awareness amongst parents, children and the wider community, and improve the overall school environment.  

So what are we doing to help?

Our eco-committees, made up of both children and staff, have been learning about various topics such as biodiversity, energy, transport, water, waste and litter and have been implementing various new measures around the nursery.

From reducing waste and using more eco-friendly products, to conserving water and energy, we want to continue to educate ourselves and our children to lead healthier lives, make more mindful choices and protect the beautiful world in which we live.

How can parents help?

Help to reinforce what the children are learning at nursery – from recycling, reducing waste and reducing energy consumption to walking more/ taking more public transport to reduce our carbon footprint.

Wherever you live, take your child outside into nature, whether it is in a local park, or just outdoors, they can learn so much about nature from seeing it and being part of it. They need to understand that they have a shared responsibility to protect the animals and trees that they love so much.

“Looking after the world around us has never been more important than it is today. It’s up to us to take positive actions now so that future generations have a whole, healthy planet to grow up in.

But most importantly of all, we act as role models for your children, showing them how to look after the planet, teaching them about the living world and its precious resources, and fostering their love for nature.”

Through a parent link app, parents are able to access information about their child’s day at a suitable and convenient time for them. Using the First Steps platform, we are able to increase our partnership with parents by allowing two-way communication between our parents/carers and St. George’s Nursery, including their child’s key worker.

Ideally every day at pick up time, every parent and key worker would talk and discuss in depth their child’s growth and development, but as you know this is not always possible – especially now since parents are no longer permitted to enter the building due to Covid safety regulations. We want to ensure that parents are still updated so that they don’t miss a moment of their child’s progress and wow moments!

This is why we use a Parent Link app, which allows parents to remain informed with events at the nursery throughout the day. Parents are able to log in to the app and observe their child’s activities at a time that suits them. Furthermore, parents are encouraged to add to their child’s learning journey and contribute notes and observations for their key worker to read. This in turn helps the key worker to create a more bespoke learning plan for each child and also improves and strengthens their relationship and bond with the parent. Even parents who are unable to collect their children themselves, they can continue to maintain good communication with their child’s setting.

From engaging with you in your child’s learning journal, to viewing daily activity, meals, nappy change and bottle change and sleep notes, we want to ensure that parents have strong connections to their settings and involve themselves in each stage of their child’s learning.

For more information on how to access the app, please see the link below:

https://firststeps.software/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FirstSteps-Parent-Link-for-Parents.pdf

At St. George’s Nursery, we love this eBook! It is all about letting children know that it is ok to feel worried once in a while. It also teaches them how to deal with these emotions, not just during this uncertain period but in their post-Covid lives.

“In this bright and friendly picture book, children learn that it’s okay to worry about coronavirus. Fun rhyming couplets keep the tone gentle and supportive, and you will find plenty of ideas for dealing with coronavirus in a positive way.

Everybody Worries offers your child the reassuring message that this crisis will pass, we are there for them, and we will get through this together.”