Category: Diversity

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.

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Happy Chinese New Year!

This week we have been looking at Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the dog.

I love the Newsround website for great, simple explanations of celebrations –

Here at Aston Childcare, we love a good collage – all that cutting, gluing and sticking is great for the children’s fine motor skills, and sat around the table together is great for their communication & language and personal, social and emotional development.

We have used some beautiful Chinese inspired printed papers with pictures of beautiful lanterns and cherry blossom for our collages this week, have been dressing up in our fantastic traditional Chinese dressing up outfit and made New Year Cards for Mums and Dads.

Gung hay fat choy!

Areas of Learning covered: Understanding the World, Communication & Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development (Fine Motor Skills) Literacy and Expressive Arts and Design.


Around the world; exploring diversity

Happy New Year!

If you’re anything like me you like a fresh clear calendar for the year ahead and so I wanted to share this particularly fab Multicultural Calendar for 2017 that I recently got which helps children to enjoy art projects and festivals from cultures around the world!

It features 12 different countries ( UK, Ireland China, Australia, Japan, Russia, Canada, India, Israel, Kenya, USA and Mexico). Each month features one country, its flag, a traditionally dressed child, a country outline, instructional art projects, a famous landmark and a child-friendly recipe or game.

Beautifully designed, the calendar pages are illustrated with bright colours and patterns that are unique to each country.

It features holidays and festivals from around the world. There is a world map with dateline & 24 time zones and over 200 stickers!

The target age group is 4+ and whilst my current eldest mindee is just 2.5 I can’t see why we can’t take some of the activities and adapt them for a younger audience. I know for sure that the stickers if nothing else will be popular with my 2.5 year old sticker fans here!

This is a great introductory look at diversity for young ones and an opportunity to get us talking and exploring other countries and communities.

It’s a great resource for a number of the EYFS (early years foundation stage) areas of learning including – Understanding the world, Communication & Language, Literacy and Expressive Arts and Design and I can’t wait to get started with it.