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How Your Child Can Get The Most out of Day Care Nursery

A few simple day care nursery tips

Going to a day care nursery can be scary, especially for a sub-5 year old. It’s great they’re going, but are they getting the most out of the experience?

There’s no doubt they’ll grow and develop, but there are some things you can do to help that process, and even experience some wonderful things yourself.

If you’re looking for some ideas to help your child get the most out of nursery, you’re in the right place. Let Sandhills Day Nursery Birmingham show you how:

Photo not mine

Photo not mine

Review What They’ve Learned

When they’re at home, go over the things they learned that day (and previous days as well).

Draw, play, and create with them. Reinforce the ideas, knowledge and concepts they’ve grasped.

Sing the ABC song; give them math’s problems; help them arrange fridge magnets.

Let them teach you what they’ve learned; get messy with finger paint; play with blocks and brio, etc.

At home, going over the things they’re currently learning —whether that’s the alphabet, countries of the world or simple math’s—is extremely helpful to improve their preschool nursery experience.

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Although going over what they’ve learned is great, learning new things with them is even better. They can then go back to day care nursery and maybe teach others their newfound knowledge.

Try reading and writing with them, or simply find answers to the never-ending stream of ‘Why’s’!

Stay in The Loop

What are they doing in preschool nursery? What are they learning? What new friends do they have?

Becoming a part of not only your child’s time at nursery, but the community’s as well is a great way to improve the experience for everyone.

And instead of only dropping your child off and picking him/her up later, stick around for a while to see how they’re getting on; talk with some of the parents about their time; ask the staff how he or she is progressing.

At Sandhills day nursery Birmingham, we regularly discuss with parents their child’s progress and how their child is settling in, as well as their education. Childcare is important to us, and we base these discussions on their relationships with the staff and other children, their participation in activities, familiarity with routines and the whereabouts of resources.

Arrange Playdates (with Children From the Nursery)

Playdates are a brilliant way to help your child get the most out of day care nursery; they help strengthen the relationships they build with other children —crucial to their progress.

And instead of being the paint-partner or toy-teammate, you can watch him or her interact with another child and see how they’re getting on; how they play, talk, share, etc.

Day care nursery in and of itself is a great experience, and a critical learning curve. The amount of learning and growing they do in these years is astronomical, so making it the best possible experience is key.

Hopefully these 4 ideas can help you to help your child not only do well in nursery, but excel!

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Fun Winter Activities for Kids That Won’t Break the Bank

It can be hard enough to keep your kids entertained during the warmer months, when at least they have the whole outdoors to entertain themselves with. But when the weather turns and things start getting chilly, it can be harder and harder to figure out how to answer the dreaded “I’m boooored!” lament.

Here are some great ideas for wintry weather fun that will keep your kids amused without breaking the bank:

Bake…anything. Making cookies, cakes, muffins, or whatever else are your specialty from scratch can easily take up the better part of a stuck-indoors afternoon. Your kids get to feel helpful by pitching in where appropriate, and if you’re baking the sort of goodies that are decorate-able, the entertainment time doubles. Plus, they have yummy treats to enjoy afterwards—it’s a win-win!

Give the neighborhood critters a snack. Popcorn garlands aren’t just for Christmas time; any time of the year, there are birds and squirrels around your yard that would love their own special treat.  Pop some popcorn and have your children string the pieces together on string or yarn. (Young kids can use a thick plastic needle that will puncture kernels just as easily with less ouches.) Then, drape the garlands festively over your fence, railings, and trees, and kids can enjoy watching the birds and squirrels come out to enjoy the snack they’ve made for them.

Good, old-fashioned board games. Kids are so digitally diverted these days, you may be surprised by some of the staples you grew up with that your kids don’t even know about. Take them to the toy store or local discount retailer and cruise the board game aisle, letting each kid pick out a game they want to try. (Classic games, mind you, not the latest talking/flashing games.) You get to pick out your childhood favorite, too, so you can introduce them to the joys of Battleship, Connect Four, or however else you used to pass your long, wintry days.

Homemade sports. You’d be amazed how much extra fun normal sports become when made with whatever you can find around the house. Bowling with empty soda bottles, playing volleyball with inflated balloons…ask your kids which sport they feel like playing, then come up with your own wacky, DIY version. Start creating “house rules” and give the game your own special name, and kids can spend endless hours evolving the game, teaching it to friends…and later remembering all the weird rules and weekend-long tournaments they used to have when.

Snow spray paint. If the weather permits some outdoor time, but your kids are already all sledded and snowballed out, try this unique twist on winter fun: get some spray bottles at the dollar store and fill them with water and different colors of food coloring to create snow “spray paint.” Let your kids go wild—there is nothing more fun than writing all over something you’re not normally allowed to deface. (If you’re really bold and curious to see what the neighbors will say, let your little Picassos have creative reign in the front yard as well as the back!)

Kelly Gurnett is a writer for QuickQuid, a short term loans lender that provides online services to customers all across the United Kingdom. She also runs the blog Cordelia Calls It Quits, where she documents her attempts to rid her life of the things that don’t matter and focus more on the things that do. 

Instill Good Values To Your Kids

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Parenting these days is more difficult than the previous generations. Kids are exposed to so many unacceptable issues and lack of values which are highlighted in the media and other social networking sites. There are plenty of temptations around and wrong signals given to them. And as the adult, we should guide them to a different direction.

Being a parent now is more of a challenge because as a parent too, our primary goal is to raise our kids with a strong hold on good values, right conduct and steadfast spiritual standing. We can achieve this by exposing our children at a very young age to an environment where good values such as respect, humility, appreciation, sharing, consideration and other values worth emulating. And as the adult in the household, we should set a good example by practicing what we preach to encourage the young ones to imbibe the same good values we practice.

Children are like sponge. They soak in everything they hear and see and this is the opportune time to show them the good qualities they should have to become kids with proper values; values that they will instill in their system and will pass on to the next generation.

Wouldn’t that be a good thing to have in this planet – good people?

Cold and Warm December

This is quite a cold and warm December. Last year was not that cold but manageable. This December is rather weird. It’s cold during dusk to the wee hours of the morning but just okay during the day. We’re having a tough time deciding what to do because of the weather. One moment the wind is biting your face and the next day it’s a bit warm. Now that the kids are off from school and the whole family are here, we want to make sure they enjoy their stay.

My husband and I are actually thinking of booking hotel suites over the weekend to enjoy the ushering of 2012. We want to watch the fireworks in Burj Khalifa too up close but the kids want to swim. I am checking hotels and some are still available; albeit in a much high price. I also hope if ever we end up booking rooms, the hotel amenities like the pool area has rheem pool heater. The kids want to have fun and so are the adults. I am just happy to see them happy. I also hope we find a good hotel or else we will end up having picnic in the park waiting for the fireworks in downtown Dubai.

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