One of my mindees has unfortunately been signed off from school with suspected scarlet fever. Earlier this year there were a number of reports in the news that there has been a steep rise in scarlet fever cases. I’ve taken this opportunity to educate myself on the signs and symptoms.
Great News! All babies from September 2015 are to be offered the Meningitis B vaccine…..
There’s some really useful information about spotting the signs and symptoms of Meningitis on the Meningitis Now website:
Here at Aston Childcare a laptop is provided for children wishing to access the internet or hone their IT skills! The laptop is installed with special child safety software to ensure children are kept safe online. One of my fears as a new parent is my child growing up in a world prevalent with the internet and social media. The simple “zip it, block it, flag it” message encourages children to:
- Zip it – keep your personal stuff private and think about what you say and do online
- Block it – block people who send you nasty messages and don’t open unknown links and attachments
- Flag it – flag up with someone you trust if anything upsets you or if someone asks to meet you offline
There are some more helpful pointers about internet safety online for parents on the NSPCC website – http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
The weekend saw the arrival of our chickens and proved an incredibly popular addition after school today! We have gone for 2 “Oxford Brown” chickens known for their lovely calm demeanour and standard brown eggs. A new pet policy and risk assessment are now in place. The chickens are housed in their own spacious coop in the garden. Rest assured that stringent hygiene measures will be adhered to at all times.
……one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower”. Hans Christian Andersen.
Birthday celebrations were afoot here at Aston Childcare this afternoon as we celebrated a 7th birthday.
Here at Aston Childcare we are “All weather walkers”. With the unpredictability of the British Weather that can mean raging gales on the school run one day and basking in the sunshine the next! On colder, wetter days we are thankful school is just a 5 minute walk away!
This week is CAPT (Child Accident Prevention Trust) ‘Child Safety Week’ so we’ve enjoyed some activities and lively discussions about safety within the home. We discussed “Stop, drop and roll” – a simple fire safety technique taught to children in the event of a fire within the home.
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