The importance of music in early education

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Young children have an almost natural musicality; adoring all sorts of fun, musical interactions, be it through song, rhymes, moving or playing an instrument.  We’ve all seen the joy in a child’s face when they’ve pulled out the pots and pans and are banging away merrily with a wooden spoon or dancing and twirling around the kitchen to an upbeat tune on the radio.

 

Even from a very young age music can be a powerful mood enhancer making children feel happy, excited, calm or even sad.  Children seem to recognise and appreciate the beauty and transformative qualities that music has to offer. 

 

Diversity in Doll Play

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Children in an adult world may often feel small and insignificant. Doll play can be instrumental in developing young children’s confidence in their ability to solve problems and interact with their environment. Pretend play, especially doll play, has a crucial role to play in all areas of development for young children.

Child care comes top in career change

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It has been revealed that child care courses are the top qualifications women are looking to do when they want to change their career.

 

The research conducted by Oxbridge Home Learning found that the number one qualification searched for on their site is their child care courses. The results are based on the top searches using google analytics from 2016 to 2017.

 

The top five courses people searched for:

 

Child care (9%)

Teaching assistant (5%)

Counselling (4%)

Psychology (3%)

Dog grooming (2%)
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Brush-baby says help your baby learn-to-love the dentist!

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Brush-Baby, the specialist baby and kids oral health company, understands the importance of the earliest adoption of an oral care routine for babies to help them learn-to-love the dentist and enjoy cleaning their teeth as they get older.  To this end, Brush-Baby has developed a range of dental wipes, teething wipes, teethers and first brushes and toothpastes to encourage parents to routinely clean their babies’ gums and mouths. There are a number of benefits to starting your babies’ oral care routine as early as possible, and these include reducing decay-causing bacteria, keeping the mouth clean for when the first teeth arrive and getting little babies used to having their gums and teeth wiped and brushed on a regular basis.

Could parents be the answer to the teacher recruitment crisis?

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With nurseries and pre-schools struggling to find enough staff and competition growing tough, how can you recruit the people you need?  Natalie Hancock, mum and teaching assistant, gives her opinion on what pre-schools and nurseries can do to stand out from the crowd.

 

When the company where I was working as an office manager went through a takeover, things changed.  As a mum with a young family it meant that the previous job flexibility no longer existed, the demands on my time at work were increasing and I didn’t want to compromise the care of my children for the sake of work.  Speaking to my husband we came to the decision that I should look at other careers providing the flexibility we needed as a family.

 

New study shows British children need to get out and play more

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With stories of childhood obesity never far from the headlines, it’s easy to believe that each generation of children is lazier than the last. But a new survey of 6 – 11 year olds suggests that British children believe they’re wrapped in cotton wool by their parents and would like more freedom to play outside. 

 

The research by family skincare brand Sudocrem found that almost 3 in 5 children (57%) said their parents worried too much about their safety and almost two-thirds of those aged 8 – 11 (64%) thought they should be able to go to the park with their friends, unaccompanied by an adult.

Helping children to write their name

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From a very early age a child writing their name is the first significant academic milestone. There is a lot to be done before this stage in terms of development of fine motor skills, such as sticks in playdough, tracing in gloop, the list is endless.

When it comes to learning to write their name a child should be first encouraged to trace dots in various shapes such as waves, zigzags and then specific shapes such as circles, squares, triangles and rectangles. Once they have achieved this they can start to trace over letters and numbers. These are featured in a free practice kit available when you join the free newsletter.

Award-Winning Charity Launches Free Training For London Nurseries

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AN AWARD-WINNING charity with twenty years’ experience bringing the benefits of music therapy to vulnerable people in the UK and around the world is launching a new awards scheme for their highly acclaimed training course.

 

Music as Therapy International is a South London-based registered charity who believe passionately in the power of music to make the most of people’s potential, overcoming obstacles such as disability, trauma and mental illness. Their unique approach sees them train care staff to use simple music therapy techniques and musical activities, providing them with resources and professional support to make sustainable change.