Little Schoolhouse Day Nursery, Tycroes Ammanford

Little Schoolhouse Day Nursery – Tycroes, Ammanford

A warm welcome awaits you at our Little Schoolhouse Day Nursery. Please call Susan on tel: 01269 596 255 or email: little@schoolhouse-daycare.co.uk for more information.

Situated within the small village of Tycroes, Ammanford we have specially designed and dedicated rooms to stimulate, develop and inspire your children. As the name suggests, we are a small nursery providing care for only  18 children per day which means we really are a ‘home from home’ environment. Our outdoor area is spacious offering all ages the chance to explore, plant, build and play.

  • Childcare available Monday to Friday 7.30am to 6.00pm
  • All food freshly prepared on site with a menu designed to include the recommended ‘five a day’.
  • School run service available to local schools
  • Fully bilingual staff

Schoolhouse Daycare gets ready to Open it’s 7th setting…

We are proud to announce that a seventh nursery will be open this year. Being it’s smallest setting, Schoolhouse have decided to name the new site – ‘Little Schoolhouse’.

The Nursery is situated near to the shops on Ammanford Road on the primary route through Tycroes into Ammanford.

It will be open from 7.30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday caring for six babies under two years and 12 toddlers. For more information please contact Stephanie on 01269 596255

 

 

It’s Snow time…

We All love Snow!

 

Although snow can be very disruptive when we need to go to work and get out and about, the fun and enchantment it brings to children is magical…

 

Because our staff are like big children here at Schoolhouse, we would love nothing more than the opportunity to play out in the snow with your children.

 

So, if the weather fairy does manage to sprinkle a little of it our way, we will do everything possible to open our nurseries and to stay open.

 

Safety however, is always our main concern and so the safety of your child, our staff and you as parents will be evaluated day by day.

 

For up to date information, you can ring your nursery direct (numbers available on each individual page) or alternatively we will keep this bulletin updated for you.

 

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Sibling Squabbles – What can parents do?

Why do siblings fight?

Children fight for many reasons; control over personal space and belongings, lack of social experience, need for attention, trying out new roles, boredom, and just for fun! Where there is more than one child in a family, and any two of the children are closer in age than 6 years, there’s bound to be conflict of some degree between them. Sibling fighting, like marital arguments, is simply inevitable and just as normal. Young children battle it out by pushing and hitting. Older kids shout.  The bickering can often make you feel like bad parents—particularly when it happens in public. You are not bad parents of course, but if you can begin to see these situations as learning opportunities for your children instead of punishable moments, you will feel less stressed and you may even be able to avoid some of the squabbles.

 

Even though fighting jangles your nerves, realise there are hidden benefits. Your children have the opportunity with every scuffle to learn to solve conflicts on their own and resolve their differences. But understand, you can’t ignore every battle. Sometimes they really do need your help.

 

When a fight ensues, you have three options:

  • Step in and end the squabble. Take this approach when one child is unmercifully teasing, bullying, or hurting the other. Separate the fighters and say, “I love you both. I won’t allow you to hurt each other.”
  • Teach them skills for managing the conflict. Suggest strategies for trading or taking turns, such as using a timer to determine when time is up for each turn-taker.
  • Allow them to resolve the conflict themselves. Even if the older one is clearly taking advantage of, but not hurting the younger, stay out of it. How else will the younger child learn to stand up for himself? 

    Children’s conflict is natural, as siblings fall out with each other and compete for their parent’s attention.  With Schoolhouse Daycare Limited’s top tips you can equip your children with the skills and attitudes needed for a fulfilling relationship. This is not always easy to do, but here are some suggestions:
    Teach Supportive Communication
    Help children work out their differences by listening to them and identifying their feelings. When a fight starts, children might feel many emotions, such as anger, frustration, loneliness, sadness, jealousy, or disappointment. Begin by acknowledging your children’s feelings toward each other, e.g. “You both sound really angry at each other.” Listen to each child’s side without making judgments of who is right or wrong. Recognise the difficulty of the situation and express faith in their ability to work things out.
    Focus On Each Child’s Talents 
    Each child is a special and unique person. Children also need to know that the contributions they make to the family are valued. By focusing on the positive talents each child possesses, parents can build the child’s confidence which can lead to stronger family relationships.
    Avoid Comparing Children 
    Children who are compared will often feel resentful and angry both toward their sibling and you.

    Tell your child directly what you want or expect of them without comparing her to her brother/ sister.
    Use Positive Reinforcement
    Parents are role models for their children. If you want your children to be loving toward one another, then we must praise that behaviour when it happens, e.g. “You guys worked as a team, you picked up all the toys before the timer finished.” When we praise positive interactions, the likelihood of the behaviour reoccurring is greater.
    How you deal with sibling squabbles determines how the children treat each other. If you punish them, they will punish each other. If your approach is to work on solving the problem in a mutually respectful way, they will also take the same approach.

     

    And celebrate your children’s fights! What a great opportunity to teach relationship skills and conflict resolution skills that they are bound to need later in life.

Rachel Burley, Nursery Advisor

Manners

Bringing manners to you…..

Good manners and social skills are not just for special occasions.  They are a way of life!  From first impressions to table manners and beyond, this article will help you to make the basics of politeness simple and enjoyable for you and your child!

Developing social skills truly does start at home.  Young children will use manners with family and friends, at nursery or school, restaurants, parties and whilst out and about.  The three principles of good manners; consideration, honesty and respect – are timeless.  It is important that you lead by example.  Children don’t come into the world knowing to be kind and thoughtful, you have to teach them what is kind and what is rude.  If you expect children to use their manners, be certain you are using yours too!

Like most good parenting techniques, teaching manners requires repetition and reinforcement. So start young and teach them healthy behaviours with these tips from Schoolhouse Daycare Ltd:

Introduce magical words everyday: Saying “Hello” “Please” “Thank you” “May I?”  “Excuse me” “Pardon me”  “I’m sorry” “No Thank you” “You’re welcome” “Goodbye” are the most important words to be used and will go a long way in aiding your child towards success now and as an adult.  These words can be used around baby from day one, a gentle prompt to at least say ‘taa’ when they are handed their bottle or toy will help mould them into the individuals they will become.

Practice appropriate mealtime manners: You can introduce a basic level of table manners from a young age- for example, you can teach your child not to get down from the table with their mouth full.  When a little older you can start fine-tuning table manners such as children should be encouraged to come to the table with clean hands and faces, only to start eating when everyone else does, eating with their mouth closed and thanking the person who prepared their meal.  Mealtimes are a shared, social occasion and the ideal time to start to teach your children manners.  Even young children should be expected to say “Please” and “Thank you”. 

Join in with life skills such as learning to help around the house: Tidying toys away, making their bed, laying the table, putting their clothes in the wash basket can help children to respect their belongings as well as yours.  Young children can learn how to do simple daily self-help activities- they just need to be taught what to do.  Simply making tasks fun and getting children to join in lays down a good foundation for later life.  All children like to feel independent, but sometimes they need your encouragement to feel that they are capable and that adults believe that they ‘can do it’.  Make these tasks into a game, ‘Who can tidy up the fastest’, ‘who can find the yellow bricks’.  Involve your child and offer praise when they help.

Show consideration and be kind to brothers and sisters:  Sure it doesn’t always work.  Children do fight and argue and don’t always have respect for one another.  But on the whole true sibling relationships have a varied lot of ingredients and it is key that as parents you promote how to be civil to one another.  Children can learn to sort things out for themselves, but encourage them to think about the way in which they talk to you, each other and their friends.  Then think about the way in which you speak to others.  Is it with the same consideration and tone?

Learn to share and take turns: No one likes to lose or be last- especially not very young children.  Children need clear lessons in sharing and taking turns.  Simple games where two or more can play help to teach them give and take.  But don’t just leave them to it.  Sit down with them, show them how the game works.  Tell them what the rules are.  Share with your children so they know the importance of sharing with others.  Compliment them when you see them sharing with others.

Discover diversity: Explain why people dress and speak differently, why our friends come in all sizes, shapes and colour.  It is important to teach children not to comment on other people’s physical characteristics, unless of course it is to compliment them, which is always welcome.

Use manners when out and about: It is important that if your child has spent time at their friend’s house, or been to a party, they are encouraged to say “Thank you” to the child’s parents for having them and for the good time that they had.  When out shopping or at a restaurant stay connected with younger children by keeping them physically close to you and maintain frequent verbal and eye contact.  Help older children feel part of the action so that they are less likely to get bored.

Offer encouragement: Give children positive reinforcement.  When they use their manners acknowledge it.  “That was lovely manners, well done”.

Most importantly, be patient.  Children won’t be full of graces and become amazingly well-mannered little people overnight.  As with everything when it comes to children learning new things, learning basic manners takes time!

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Children Taking Risks

Learning to assess hazards and understand risks in life is a normal part of an adult’s every day – but how did we learn to do this – and how can we teach our children to do the same?

Taking risks, and learning from them is an inevitable and important part of growing up. As a parent or carer, it is our responsibility to encourage healthy risk-taking behaviour. By understanding different types of such behaviour and the motivation behind them, you can set children up for success and reduce their risk of harm in future life.

Children take risks for a number of reasons. As some children develop mastery of a task, they take risks to improve their skills, for example, as a pre-schooler, they may try balancing on logs in their favourite park, which then, can lead onto them walking on top of a wall by a river as they turn into teenagers! Some risk-taking behaviours stem from an effort to assert independence and develop autonomy.

We tend to associate the term risk with dangerous activities, but risk taking behaviors can be healthy too. For example, when your child steps outside of their comfort zone and participates in a new activity, or when they are joining a new leisure club, or auditioning for a role in the latest school play – these all come with risk and sometimes disappointment, but isn’t that a part of learning how to deal with new situations when they are older?

Such healthy risk-taking behaviors are a normal and important part of child development and should be encouraged as your children learn to make good choices and become more skilled and independent.

The tendency as parents to wrap children in cotton wool has transformed how some children experience childhood today. It is important to remember that risk taking is a normal part of a child’s development; it allows a child to define his identity and grow as an individual.

When children play, they go from what they know and can do – and what is therefore familiar and boring – to what is engaging, exciting, uncertain and new. Through taking risks, children build their capabilities, explore their emotions, expand their horizons, and test boundaries. They also gain practical experience of taking responsibility for their own safety.

So, talk to your children about the risks and discuss ways to reduce the negative aspects of risk. Give your child opportunities to participate in healthy risk-taking behaviour, as well as modeling appropriate risk-taking behaviour yourself. Be brave by stepping back and giving your child space but ensure you’re within reach comfortable to you!

Amanda Bennett, Schoolhouse Director