Month: June 2017


Here at Aston childcare the children all love stickers. They get immense satisfaction from peeling the backs off and sticking them down in their chosen spot.

At one time, I questioned whether they were slightly limited in what they can teach children but, after reflecting, I found that they are great for Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language skills and Physical Development (Fine motor skills). They also help children learn and talk about all manner of subjects (Understanding the World) so I think they do have their place when varied with other activities.

I always try and have a good stock of them. I find they are particularly useful say, at transition times, when we are waiting for parents to pick up at the end of the day when it’s not so suitable to have messy paints or arts and crafts out. I also have a range of reward stickers that the children always love to receive with positive comments such as “lovely listener”, “great helper” and ones to reward self care and healthy eating such as “I ate all my food” and “I used the toilet”.

Some of our favourites have been from the Usborne sticker books and some fab re-usable Melissa and Doug ones. We’ve covered all manner of subjects – sea creatures, wild animals, domestic animals, minibeasts, airports, trucks and transport, children of the world, letters, numbers and shapes  to name but a few!

Areas of learning covered: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Maths, Literacy and  Understanding the world

Focus on…Phonics

Here at Aston Childcare, with my son and mindee turning 3, my mind has turned to phonics and how I can support them in their learning. We have this lights and sounds phonics toy and I also have this I’m ready for phonics – Say the sound book both from the Early Learning Centre.

The book is a fun, bright book that helps children from the age of 3 upwards focus on the initial letter sounds at the beginning of simple words. It contains all 26 letters of the alphabet and words beginning with that letter. It claims to have been developed in conjunction with a literacy consultant and phonics expert and says it’s ideal for introducing phonics to your child.

Meanwhile the lights and sounds phonics ‘desk’ is an Interactive game unit teaching phonics, spelling and counting and colours has 8 different games to play. It claims to help with early reading and builds communication skills and is good for learning to sort and match.

I am also in the process of creating a ‘Letters and Sounds’ file with further activities we can enjoy.

Finally, there are lots of fun phonics songs on YouTube that are fun to watch too, here’s just some –