In light of the Government’s recent plans to slowly ease a carefully chosen number of children back to nursery, primary and secondary school from June 1st, with health and safety at the epicentre of our ethos, Wellies are literally taking ‘baby steps’ to ensure that when the youngest member of your family returns to us, we will make it our absolute objective to care for them in the safest environment possible.
For many parents, finding the right childcare provider stirs up a range of emotions. After all, you are ultimately leaving your child in the hands of someone you do not yet know, and this can be a time full of anxiety and worry. Picking the right childcare service forms a crucial part of parent’s lives.
Sharing stories and reading books every day helps your child’s development in lots of ways.
The importance of reading cannot be emphasised enough in young children, and we as parents need to make every day reading a high priority whether it’s reading a book at a play cafe or reading a book before bed.
Having a baby is one of the biggest life changes that you'll experience. Becoming a parent is a major life milestone for everyone and having a baby is probably one of the most life-changing events you will ever experience!
Young children are fascinated with exploring and the outside environment. One of the most important ways our children learn is by getting out into the world and exploring! Using real objects as toys is a great way to encourage creative exploration. Children of all ages can benefit from – and really enjoy – using real objects as toys, but when children are in the initial stages of learning to identify and name objects, it is especially beneficial.
We all know that young children learn through watching the world around them. But did you also know that your child, no matter what age are always learning by observing your behaviour? Without explicit instructions most children know how to do things like press a button to turn a light on or pull down a handle to open a door, all through observing others!
Your child sees you use numbers every single day in various different ways from dividing up strawberries onto separate plates for snack time to adding up money from your purse, but how can you help them develop their numeracy skills?
Look. Listen. Touch. Smell. Taste. Five fundamental elements of life that we often take for granted. When we talk about the senses, most children over a certain age can list them off without problem. Any and all of these can be incorporated into sensory play.
It's not just children who have difficulty with sensory integration who can benefit from sensory play. The truth is, all children need help learning how to use their senses.