Sunflowers in full bloom!

Our sunflowers have now all finally bloomed just as we say goodbye to Summer today.

This is, without doubt, our most successful year yet with some growing as tall as 7 feet! Others only reached 2 foot tall but were pretty nevertheless!

The have attracted lots of bees, ladybirds and butterflies. Our view from our playroom window has been made ever so more pretty too !

Summers last hurrah!

What amazing weather we have had this week! We have enjoyed visits to the park, trips to feed the ducks and playtime in the garden all to the backdrop of glorious bright, blue skies. Our sunflowers are now in full bloom, just as we are seeing our first conkers falling and a change in the colour of the leaves, all in time to say goodbye Summer!

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