Category: Babies

Baby Bjorn High Chair Review

We are all familiar with the phrase “Buy Nice or Buy Twice” and that was certainly the case when I purchased high chairs for the children.

Our Baby Bjorn highchair has been in use for the past 6 years and I see no reason why it won’t go on and on. A couple of high chairs I purchased from a leading high street retailer went in the tip after just a few months.

Although the initial price tag was a little eye watering(!) it has proved it’s worth in the long run.

Our Baby Bjorn high chair has seated many happy babies and toddlers over the years and is still going strong.

We not only use it for snack and meal times but its used for many of our activities too. I love that the tray is removable and can be put in the dishwasher and the whole chair is made of plastic so can be wiped down and cleaned with antibacterial spray after each use. Its easily folded for easy storage too. What’s not to love?!

In the news…Early Years Education

In the papers today, the former children’s commissioner for England says that nurseries are currently facing a staff recruitment crisis due to a lack of training and low morale.

The article states that “Government Statistics show that 28% of four- and five-year-olds finish their reception year at school without the early communication, language and literacy skills they need to thrive”. 

Sir Aynsley-Green said the government was ignoring new science about brain development in very young children, which shows that the brains of babies and toddlers can make thousands of new connections every minute if they are intellectually and emotionally stimulated.

He goes on to compare us with Scandinavian countries, where he states that jobs working with babies are highly sought after and most staff are graduates with higher degrees in child psychology, qualification levels for nursery workers in the UK remain low, and access to ongoing training is very limited.

He says “Staff need to be properly trained to understand babies and their brain development, and to work through the science of play,” he said. “Play is vital for babies. It’s the essence of thriving.”

Read the full article here:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/sep/08/childcare-experrt-call-for-inquiry-nursery-crisis

On our bookshelf: Elmer’s Friends by David McKee

Here at Aston Childcare, we love our books!

We have a wide range of books to appeal to all children. Here we are having a closer look at what is on our bookshelf.

I’ve recently been reading Elmer’s Friends to the younger children – aged 22 months, 2 and 4 years old.

It’s a fantastic story about a colourful, patchwork elephant. Elmer’s Friends is a lovely, fun book about how we are all different but worth the same. I think this is a lovely message to give to children and is at the heart of Aston Childcare.

Read more about the author here:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/jun/01/this-much-i-know-david-mckee-elmer-book-illustrator

Buy the book here: