Although it may be tempting to forget about routines and structures at this time, it can help children to feel safe during periods of uncertainty when there is some structure and routine. Ideas for supporting this include-
- set times for going to bed and getting up in the morning where possible
- build in time for fresh air and exercise
- create a variety of activities such as games, art activities, music, play, garden activities and reading
- make a daily plan with your child and share this with them the night before
- limit their time on electronic devices where possible (but don’t cut yourself up if you have to use them to allow you to get things done!) Electronics can be great motivators for some children so if you have a daily plan, put electronics after the thing you want done.
- respect each others’ privacy and give space when you can
- take time to review the daily activities to help your child get a sense of accomplishment
In nursery, we use visuals to support children with routines and making choices and these can easily be adapted for the home. Why not draw some different images onto small cards and use to create sequence charts, choice boards, daily schedules or a weekly activity plan. Doing this together with your child will help them to develop an understanding of the choices available and the plans you have in place.
2 or 3 (or more) part sequence boards can help your child understand routines and help them see when they will be doing something.
Choice cards can be used to help your child make decisions and give them control of what they can do. Forced choices are when you present options which you have selected but your child gets the final say. For example, an apple or some grapes….. but not a biscuit! Drawing, hearing a story or playing with lego…. but no option of electronics!
This school timetable can easily be adapted to create your own weekly schedule.
Health and wellbeing is so important. This includes both physical health and mental wellbeing.
Why not start each day with some physical exercise, suitable for all the family.
Alternatively, perhaps some Cosmic Yoga may be more for you… we know this is a real favourite with our children in nursery.
Gonoodle is another favourite.
Children may benefit from this Social Story to help them understand the current situation regarding Covid19.
At a time when we are all experiencing uncertain times, positive mental health has never been so important.
East Renfrewshire Council has developed a guide, Healthier Minds, to promote the mental wellbeing of our children and young people. This resources aims to help you find the information you need to develop children and young people’s talents and abilities in a way that will support them to meet life’s common challenges, develop their resilience, and have healthier minds as a result.
We have been learning about the impact of plastic on the environment. We carried out a survey on our lunch packaging and produced a graph to show the types of packaging used in our lunch boxes. Many of us have reusable wraps, tubs and flasks…. can we do more to reduce our waste?
We have been enjoying some yoga sessions in nursery.
We recently held a series of Outdoor Parent Workshops. These included outdoor play, den building and fire lighting. Thank you to everyone who came along and to the staff team for hosting these sessions.
Parents gave lovely feedback and we look forward to hosting some more workshops in the New Year.
“It was a lovely adventure for me to attend the Family Centre …for the wonderful Outdoor Education sessions”
“I really enjoyed the hands on play/ learning sessions”
“I had never thought of building a den in the garden using material, pegs etc. I will definitely take this forward.”
We love to use mashers with play dough. Using mashers develops our gross motor skills as we make pivotal movements by pressing and pushing.
We extended this by using the sieves to press patterns in the play dough.
We discovered that the play dough stuck to the window and we used punching movements to knead the play dough on the window.
We created a cycle track by marking lines on the playground and using tyres to cycle around.
Our Children’s Committee met recently to discuss what we can do for Fairtrade Fortnight. They created a mind map of ideas.
The children decided to use some Fairtrade ingredients to bake banana cup cakes. We followed a recipe and we had lots of measuring and weighing to do.
The cup cakes tasted yummy! We thought it would be a great idea to sell the ingredients in our Family Fun Bags to allow everyone the chance to make Fairtrade banana cup cakes at home.
We have enjoyed some Chinese food for snack this week as part of our celebrations for the Chinese New Year.
“I don’t like the noodles but I like the rice.” Naomi.
“It’s good and yummy.” Marnie.
“I don’t like the stir fry. My daddy likes stir fry.” Euan.
“Lovely. I want some more. It’s delicious. I don’t like the corn.” Matthew.
We design and create all sorts of models in the construction area. Recently we have been making enclosures for animals and ourselves!
As we play we use measuring skills.
We work with others and develop our problem solving skills.
We develop our mark making skills as we plan what we are going to construct.
We loved flying a kite on a windy day so we decided to make our own! We used the internet to research and tried different materials. We liked using the recycled carrier bag.
We are all involved in planning and preparing our snacks. We are supported to make healthy choices and we have fresh fruit and vegetables each day.
We set the table and prepare the food and drinks.
Last week we made clootie dumpling for snack as part of our Burns celebrations.
Today we made our own salad sandwiches. We put spread on our bread and chose our salad filling.
Loss is a common occurrence which affects individuals in very different ways. Loss is most often considered to be a negative or painful process and one which requires time, space and the support of others to aid recovery. This is especially true for loss suffered through death. Regardless of age, the experience of bereavement is significant and can be life changing.
The following leaflets are designed to support children and families facing loss, grief and bereavement. Further advice and resources are available from staff.
Bereavement in Childhood Leaflet for Children and Young People
Final Bereavement in Childhood Leaflet Parents Final
The underwear rule is a simple way that parents can help keep their child safe from abuse. Talking PANTS teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they’re upset or worried. NSPCC offers further advice.