As an Early Years Practitioner, it’s all about preparation, learning and achieving day to day. At Childcare Expo, you can do all of this in one day. By attending the show dedicated to the early years industry, childcare professionals can save both time and money along with filling up their bags and minds with heaps of useful and inspiring knowledge and tools that they can take straight back to their setting.
Thursday 29th September marks World Heart Day, an important day committed to raising awareness about the heart and cardiovascular diseases. It is also a great opportunity to help people understand the important role played by their hearts.
The heart is one of the most vital organs in the body and is fundamental to our health. It’s important to care for our hearts to ensure we live a healthy and fulfilling life.
It's reported that approximately 60,000 sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) take place outside of the hospital each year in the UK. When someone suffers from SCA, every minute is critical to their chances of survival. Therefore, it is important that people understand what to do in case of an emergency.
The firm launched the enterprise back in 2003 to provide comprehensive cover and bespoke packages to the childcare sector.
Since then dot2dot has grown into one of the UK’s leading insurers for the sector covering 70,000 children in more than 1,700 nurseries throughout the UK and protecting in excess of£1.7bn in assets.
One of the biggest challenges many parents face is having a picky eater in the family. Many children become fussy with food around the age of 18-24 months, often forming the start of a long term battle for many parents.
The Government recommends that all children eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, but research suggests that only 1 in 5 children achieve this - with many pre-schoolers often having days where they eat no fruit or vegetables at all. In contrast, the average child consumes more than three times the maximum amount of processed sugar recommended.
• 29 nurseries and nursery chains fell into insolvency last year, up from 16 in 2014/15
• High staff-child ratio results in spiralling costs for nurseries
The number of nurseries falling into insolvency in England and Wales has almost doubled in the last year, as 29 nurseries became insolvent compared to just 16 during 2014/15, an increase of 81%*, says Moore Stephens, the top ten accountancy firm.
Moore Stephens adds that the introduction of the National Living Wage** has increased staff costs, which has piled further pressure onto nurseries.
Moore Stephens says that whilst many nurseries would prefer to keep childcare fees low, the financial strain they are under has forced some to raise fees which risks pricing parents out of the market.
Sand is an incredibly versatile substance. It can be manipulated into almost any form, making it ideal for use in outdoor play. If your nursery has a sandtable, then it’s important that each activity is planned with a learning objective. With so much potential for fun and sensory stimulation, introducing games that get your child thinking and creating will significantly improve their development.
Since trips to the beach are both unpredictable and uncontrollable, sand play can be the next best thing. Finding time to include some of these activities in your children’s playtime will help them get to grips with a tactile material, without the unexpected incidents of the great outdoors.