Month: July 2015

P is for…


With the rain beating down outside, it seemed like the perfect day to break out the playdough! It takes just minutes to prepare and is incredibly therapeutic, not only for children but for a busy mum and childminder too!

I’ll be adding some more colours to extend our play in the coming weeks.

Pink playdough

Potentially poisonous plants

You may have seen this story in the news today –

This particular plant was by a riverbank but of course our own back gardens can contain potentially harmful plants. Here at Aston Childcare I have fully assessed the garden and noted any potentially harmful plants using the Horticultural Trades Associations (HTA) list of potentially hazardous plants.

We are all likely to have at least one of these in our own garden and common sense should prevail as, ultimately, all non-food plants contain chemicals which could potentially cause mild poisoning (e.g. stomach upset or stomach pain) if eaten (though serious poisonings remain rare), so we need to ensure we avoid those plants which are the most toxic and educating the children not to eat anything (in the playground, garden at home, park or countryside) unless an adult has said it is perfectly safe to do so.

Say No to CO

You may have read the story in the news about Sharon and Neil Shepherd who devastatingly lost their two children Bobby and Christi Shepherd due to carbon monoxide poisoning on holiday back in 2006. After a 9 year battle, an inquest last month ruled that Christi and Bobby were unlawfully killed and that Thomas Cook had breached its care of duty.

The dangers of Carbon monoxide form part of my Risk Assessments here at Aston Childcare and I have an alarm installed in our living room. Make sure you have one too……..

.say no to co

New government legislation

With the ever present threat of terrorism around the world, the Government have issued a new “PREVENT” strategy, effective from today, which aims to protect children from terrorism and radicalisation. I have read and familiarised myself with the document and incorporated the strategy into my safeguarding procedures.

The PREVENT strategy requires all childminders and early years providers to identify any children who are considered to be at risk of being involved in terrorism or radicalised and refer them to the Local Authority.

Definitions – 

Terrorism – the Terrorism Act 2000 defines terrorism as: “The use or threat of action designed to influence the government or an international governmental organisation or to intimidate the public, or a section of the public; made for the purposes of advancing a political, religious, racial or ideological cause; and it involves or causes: serious violence against a person; serious damage to a property; a threat to a person’s life; a serious risk to the health and safety of the public; or serious interference with or disruption to an electronic system.”

Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism.

Any questions, please ask!