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Building solutions manufacture and deliver new early learning facility

London Borough of Hounslow Council has appointed offsite building specialists, Actavo | Building Solutions, to manufacture and deliver a brand-new, modular, early learning facility to care for children aged 2-3 years. 

This new early year’s provision is being established as part of the Council’s statutory duty to provide sufficient free early learning and childcare places for disadvantaged 2-year-old children.  

The new, single-storey facility was manufactured and built by Actavo | Building Solutions in just 11 weeks. The new early year’s centre was completed at the end of December 2016.

Parents share their advice to new mums and dads in the just launched e-book

What the Parenting Manuals Don’t Tell You front cover

What the Parenting Manuals Don’t Tell You – from Bepanthen

To support new parents in the sometimes tough but wonderful transition into parenthood, nursery staff can direct new mums and dads to a brand new resource from leading nappy care ointment Bepanthen. What the Parenting Manuals Don’t Tell You, is a new e-book that gives an honest depiction of modern day parenting from those in the know. 

Developed in collaboration with parenting expert and midwife, Lisa Clegg, the tips that form the book were crowd-sourced from parents via social media and paired with humorous and warm-hearted sketches by illustrator and mother, Alyana Cazalet.

Cubetto, the smart learning toy that teaches young children ages 3-6 how to code

Cube to playset

School children as young as 3 are now mastering the universal language of coding with the help of a Montessori-inspired wooden robot powered by a coding language you can touch. Cubetto develops STEM skills through hands-on play and has become the coding standard for early years across 92 countries.

Cubetto is an education tool where learners can explore problem-solving, without the fear of failure, and inspires the younger generation to develop coding skills, an important 21st century literacy, essential for future creators, inventors and innovators. 

Pregnant women can test for leading cause of life threatening infection in newborn babies

Strepelle testing kit

Strepelle – a new DIY group B Strep test available in the UK

 

National charity Group B Strep Support is delighted to announce a partnership with healthcare company HiberGene Diagnostics to help pregnant women to test for group B Strep – the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies.

One in four pregnant women is unknowingly carrying group B Strep bacteria, which causes meningitis, sepsis or pneumonia in more than 500 newborn babies a year. 

On average, one newborn baby a week dies from group B Strep infection.

How will a 30-hour entitlement impact on parent partnerships?

Jo Verrill

Parent satisfaction with the quality of their relationships with nursery staff is high, as evidenced by continuous national benchmark research carried out by Ceeda on behalf of nurseries across the country. Here Dr Jo Verrill, Ceeda MD, shares the latest findings and explores how a 30 hour offer may bring about new challenges in building effective parent partnerships.

Measured across a range of questions from receiving a warm welcome to feeling involved, consulted and informed about their child’s progress, the average rating for this vital aspect of provision is 8.98 out of a possible 10.00, based on feedback from 9,034 surveys in the last twelve months. 

Supporting Children’s development is one of six new free online courses

adults and children running

Supporting Children’s development is one of six new free online courses developed by the Open University-managed Social Partnerships Network, for anyone looking to improve their skills and knowledge, move up in their career, or take a new direction. 

Supporting children’s development may be of particular interest to Teaching Assistants, Nursery Nurses, Nursery Assistants, other support staff in schools and nurseries, as well as childminders, parents and those considering a career working with children. It will help learners to develop a deeper understanding of children's development. Topics covered include the development and management of relationships, encouraging reading, behavioural management, special educational needs and the importance of reflective practice.

Music hubs: A welcome cash injection but don’t ignore the early years…

Music

It’s great news to hear that practical music teaching in England, delivered by a network of 121 hubs, is secure for another four years following the Government’s recent announcement of a cash injection of £300m.  This is a great relief to many industry educators, despite previous earlier concerns that music hubs were failing to make a decent enough impact on the quality of music education in schools.  Removing the focus on music education would have a detrimental effect on the younger generation’s current and future educational opportunities. 

Helping children with SPD in nurseries

child with digger

Working to help children with sensory processing disorders (SPD) at a young age can have an invaluable, positive impact on their ability to cope in education as they grow older. The relative freedom that the nursery and pre-school environment affords children makes it the perfect place to help them to learn both the intellectual and practical skills that will set them up for primary school and beyond.

Diagnosing SPD

SPD is not one thing, rather, it describes a group of similar sensory disorders. To make matters more complicated, it is not yet recognised as an officially diagnosable illness by psychiatrists - they are not convinced at this time that diagnosing SPD is the best way to treat the symptoms.