I am so sad to hear that Mothercare will be closing all their stores. Mothercare was the first store we turned to as parents-to-be to buy our sons pram and first blankets and bedding. Over the past 5 years I have bought some lovely clothes for him too and it is still a store I regularly turn to.
Matt Hancock, the health secretary has said he is “looking very seriously” at making vaccinations compulsory for all children going to school in England.
My own son suffered terribly with teething so I have tried a wide range of teething gels so this makes for interesting reading…
French toymakers have signed a pact to rid games and toys of the gender stereotypes which the government blames for keeping women out of maths and science careers.
As you will probably know, all childminders are required by law to be registered and regularly inspected by Ofsted in England so this proposal from Labour to scrap Ofsted has certainly got everyone talking!
We shouldn’t forget that having a baby has a huge effect on Dads as well as us. Sleep deprivation and the stress of a new child coupled with holding down a job can take a huge toll on any of us. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49564467
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.”
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