What is treasure basket and heuristic play? Heurisitc play involves babies and young children playing and interacting with everyday objects, from the \'real world\', rather than \'traditional\' toys. It is proven that this type of play helps to provide a wide range of sensory stimulation. Babies learn about the world around them through sensory motor development, as it helps them to understand and learn about different physical characteristics. Heuristic play therefore creates rich
Imagination is important Imagination. A key factor in everyone’s development. Whether it be as simple as a drawing, to creating a fort, to trying to prove a hypothesis. We all have it. So why don\'t we challenge it more often? Benefits of Imagination for Children There are multiple benefits to constantly challenging your imagination. Not only can it improve your memory or enhance your problem solving skills, but it can also improve your confidence and social interactions. Moreover,
Effects on Child Development According to a recent article on Nursery World, an OFSTED inspector found that 53% of children had fallen behind in their personal, social and emotional development, due to the pandemic. As well as this, physical development has had a fall back of 19% and literacy and mathematics a fall back of 25%. During the pandemic, children were deprived of essential experiences, including social contact. Due to the changes and restrictions that were put in place, they
Parent Partnership is something that we are very passionate about at St. George’s Nursery and we feel that for your child to develop his/her full potential, it is essential that parents and our team work together towards a common goal. Parents/carers are the most important influence in a child’s life. Any educational initiative can only be fully effective if there is partnership between parents, children and providers. Collaborative Home & Nursery Learning initiative At St.
September 2021 marks the beginning of a new journey here at St. George\'s Nursery. The Department of Education (DFE) has revised the EYFS. As a result of this, the way we interact with your child will change. One of the main reasons most of us chose to work in this profession was so we could help children with their development. The children are our main focus. This is the perfect opportunity for St. George\'s Nursery to get back to helping the children at our nursery to develop their
“The greatest gift of Easter is hope!” https://www.justgiving.com/fun.../st-georges-nursery-schools 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
In November, we asked parents to help us with our Big Collection by donating items such as warm clothing, unopened food tins and other dried food, hygiene items such as nappies and female sanitary products. We would like to thank everyone who donated so generously and help us to support so many families in need across Leicestershire💛 Here is the link to our feature on BBC East Midlands today:
“To grow up healthy, children need to sit less and play more.” Children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in prams and seats, get better quality sleep and have more time for active play if they are to grow up healthy” - World Health Organization (WHO). Screen time is a sensitive subject at the best of times for most families. However, now in a world of virtual birthday parties, and Zoom classes and with both parents and children
\"Confessions of a Working Mumma!\" \"Being a mother comes with a lot of things; responsibilities, constant learning but most of all emotions. Every day we go through a whirlwind of emotions with our little people. From feeling loved up to moments of frustration due to exhaustion. All these feelings are valid and normal. We can’t always be super happy and it can be difficult to constantly know what to do and what is right. Guilt.
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
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
At St. George’s Nursery, we take pride in the fact that we have such dedicated long-term staff, who are passionate about both childcare as well as St. George’s Nursery. Every single one of our staff makes each child and their families feel welcome, ensuring that all children are safe, happy and learning. They go above and beyond to foster an environment where our children, their families and our fellow colleagues feel a part of the family. 22 members of the St. George\'s family have
\"For some children lockdown has been an opportunity to flourish. All that quality unstructured time spent with parents and siblings has been precious, if at times challenging. But in the case of too many other children it’s been a very different story. With no grandparents, nannies or nurseries to keep their children entertained and stimulated, working from home parents have had little choice but resorting to iPad or TV screen as digital childminder for up to eight hours a day. Cooped up
Encouraging good mental health for children starts from the reflection of good self-care implemented by the people around them. Caregivers & parents are great role models to teach children the importance of self-care and encouraging good mental health habits, here are some simple ways we can implement good self-care and mental health within children:🏡 Creating a safe, welcoming, and non-judgemental space where children are allowed the freedom of their emotional
\"Nursery schools present \"very little risk\" and are Covid-safe, vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi has said, as he defended keeping them open. Mr Zahawi contrasted nurseries with schools, which were closed because they had been \"vectors for the new variant\".\" - BBC News Mr Williamson said evidence from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) found that early years education had a very small impact on transmission rates. The health, safety and well-being of every child,
The British Red Cross states that first aid is giving assistance to someone hurt or ill, before expert medical help is given. Not only does first aid help in everyday accidents and illnesses but can also save lives. Current guidance from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) states that only one person with a paediatric first aid certificate needs to be on site and available within a childcare setting. However, at St. George’s Nursery, we go above and beyond these minimum requirements.
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
What a better place to learn and develop than in the wonderful outdoors, admiring and appreciating the nature surrounding us? At St. George’s, we take every opportunity to take our learning outdoors and to teach our children to respect and understand the world around us. Especially now more than ever, the Government is urging nurseries to use outdoor spaces where possible. Our staff have been making even more use of our outdoor areas and constantly cleaning everything (to find out more
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