The week has got off to a good start with our chickens laying their first egg! There have been a number of worrying reports in the news that children don’t know where their food comes from with some children thinking that tomatoes grow under ground and that potatoes grow on bushes or trees. Keeping chickens offers a wonderful opportunity to teach children where food comes from and to respect and appreciate the food they eat.
According to reports we are due a heatwave next week! Children cannot control their body temperature as efficiently as adults during hot weather and so are more susceptible to heat related illnesses. I have a “heatwave plan” in place and will be taking measures to keep children cool and safe during the hot spell.
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 –
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 Early Years and Beyond 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.