Creating a Daily Routine For Toddlers At Nursery

As adults, we’re often told that having a daily routine can improve our productivity and wellbeing. But what about our children? Would they benefit from a daily routine? And if so, how do we go about creating one?

If you’re not sure where to start, don’t panic! Here’s all you need to know about creating a daily routine for toddlers:

Why is routine so important?

Creating a daily routine for toddlers isn’t easy. It requires patience, consistency and a lot of trial and error. Yet, despite its many challenges, a well-established daily routine can be incredibly beneficial to your child’s development and wellbeing.

Here are just a few of the many benefits of creating a daily routine for toddlers:

Stability – during their early development, children experience a lot of change. Having a daily routine can help ground them and prevent them from becoming anxious or overwhelmed.

Independence – once children become familiar with their daily routine, they can start performing some of their tasks independently (i.e. dressing themselves), allowing their confidence to grow as they develop a sense of autonomy.

Habit formation – creating a daily routine for toddlers provides them with the opportunity to hone important skills like washing their hands and brushing their teeth.

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How to create a routine for your toddler

Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to creating a daily routine for toddlers. After all, every child has different needs, and we all have various responsibilities.

So, instead of outlining a rigid (and wholly unrealistic) routine for you to follow, we want to explore how to develop the best routine for you and your toddler.

Here are 3 fundamental elements to creating a successful daily routine:

1. Get organised

Despite our varying circumstances, we can all benefit from some good old fashioned organisation. (After all, the easier it is to follow a routine, the more likely you are to maintain it.) So here are some organisational tips to help you master your daily routine:

Organise yourself first – You can’t hope to create a consistent routine for your child if you can’t maintain one yourself. So, before you set unrealistic expectations for yourself, take a good look at your own schedule. Remember, the perfect routine for your toddler is one that suits your lifestyle.

Plan ahead – If you ever hope to maintain a daily routine, you need to start planning ahead. Simple tasks like laying out your child’s clothes and preparing lunches the night before can save you so much valuable time.

Create a routine chart – Creating a checklist can help ensure you (and any other caregivers) remain consistent with your toddler’s daily habits and rituals. You can even get your child involved and make them their own chart filled with small tasks they can complete themselves.

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2. Work with your nursery practitioners

Creating a routine is essential for babies and young children as they can’t always communicate their needs.

Therefore, if you have a young child in daycare, please do not hesitate to share your routine with the nursery staff. Working together will ensure your child maintains some consistency whilst adapting to spending time away from home.

Alternatively, if your child is adapting well to their nursery schedule, don’t be afraid to alter your home routine to match. As we said previously, it’s all about finding out what works best for you and your child!

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3. Accept that things won’t always go to plan

Whilst we strongly recommend creating a daily routine for toddlers, we want to acknowledge that not all days go to plan. And that’s okay! If every day looked exactly the same, life would lose its excitement.

So don’t worry if your routine goes out the window once in a while. As long as your child is healthy and happy, that’s all that matters!

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Each day is a fresh start

So there you have it, our top tips and advice for creating a daily routine for toddlers.

Just remember, no routine is perfect. Every day presents new obstacles and challenges. But with the right support and organisational skills, you can create a consistent routine to comfort your child and support their development.

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Why Join a Schoolhouse Day Nursery?

We at Schoolhouse Daycare are so proud of our community. We love nurturing our children, supporting their families and creating a fun-filled environment for all! But what is it that makes our Schoolhouse Day Nursery so unique?

Throughout this article, we will explore all you need to know about our nursery – from our accolades and achievements to our values and reviews.

So, without further ado, here’s an exclusive insight into our Schoolhouse Day Nursery:

Who are we?

Here at our Schoolhouse Day Nursery, we care for children of all ages by delivering fun daily activities and deliciously nutritious home-cooked meals. We also work closely with our parents and guardians to develop suitable routines, provide regular updates and offer daily support and reassurance.

Our mission is to provide your children with a safe and stimulating environment that nurtures their development, inspires confidence and encourages joy.

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What makes our Schoolhouse Day Nursery so special?

Choosing childcare is one of the biggest decisions you will make as a parent. So to help you reach your decision, we’ve listed just a few of the reasons we think our Schoolhouse Day Nursery is so special:

Our values

There are 5 principles at the heart of Schoolhouse Daycare: Nurture, Inspire, Enjoy, Learn and Encourage. These values represent all we stand for at our Schoolhouse Day Nursery and create the perfect foundation for a healthy, happy learning environment.

Our daily reports

One of our parents’ biggest concerns is missing out on special moments or milestones. So we provide our parents with regular feedback, photos and daily reports to ensure they don’t miss a thing!

Our accolades

Here at Schoolhouse Daycare, we’ve been fortunate enough to receive many awards and accreditations. But one of our proudest achievements is being considered one of Wales’ leading independent providers of daycare.

Our team

Without our highly educated, experienced carers, Schoolhouse Daycare would not exist. After all, they play such a pivotal role in caring for our children and reassuring our parents. So we wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate our wonderful carers!

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Why join a Schoolhouse Day Nursery?

Although we are very proud of our accolades and achievements, we know they aren’t always enough to convince some parents to enrol their children in nursery. And that’s perfectly okay!

For those parents who are still considering whether no not to send their child to nursery, here are some of the benefits your child could receive by attending our Schoolhouse Day Nursery:

Better immunity: being in a new environment around other children will increase your child’s exposure which will benefit their immune system in the long run.

Improved communication skills: your child will quickly learn to communicate their thoughts and feelings with their friends and carers.

Greater independence: as they spend more time away from home, your child will learn to complete small tasks on their own, helping to improve their confidence.

Regular exercise: here at our Schoolhouse Day Nursery, our days are filled with lots of fun activities to help improve your child’s stamina.

Preparation for school: the valuable skills your child will learn in nursery (like following instructions or socialising with other children) will help with their transition into school.

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A few words from our parents

One of the most rewarding aspects of our job is hearing how much our parents and children value our nursery. To offer you an insight, here a just a few of the kind words our parents have said about our Schoolhouse Day Nursery:

“My daughter absolutely loves going to nursery. She has come on so much with her speech and language, toilet training and independence…I can’t thank the staff enough for the love and care they give her.”

“The staff are amazing and so friendly. The school app is also amazing as you are able to check up on your little one whenever you like. I honestly couldn’t recommend them more.”

“The staff are very caring, kind and always keep us updated on changing needs. Management has always been very responsive and helpful when we’ve needed to engage with them. Both my children are thriving in this environment!”

See more of our reviews here.

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Join the Schoolhouse family

Here at Schoolhouse Daycare, we love welcoming families, creating new connections and nurturing young children. So, if this article has piqued your interest, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! We always enjoy meeting new faces and fostering new friendships.

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How to Teach Your Child about Charity

Supporting charities is a great way to help those less fortunate than ourselves. With so many valuable skills to develop (like generosity, selflessness and gratitude), partaking in charity work can be a great learning experience for the whole family. But what about your young children?

If you‘re wondering how to teach your child about charity, here are 5 fun ideas to spark their interest:

1. Discuss what charity means

When we search the definition of charity, Oxford Languages provides us with two definitions:

  1. an organisation set up to provide help and raise money for those in need.’
  2. the voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need.’

So why is this important?

It’s important because being charitable doesn’t always mean donating to an organisation. There are many ways we can give back, whether that’s visiting someone who feels lonely or unwell, smiling at a stranger or helping with chores and errands.

So whilst the lesson is still centred around helping those in need, it shows our children that they can still be charitable, even if they aren’t old enough to make their own financial contributions.

2. Let them choose a charity

Sometimes, the question isn’t how to teach your child about charity, but rather how to get them excited about giving to charity. A fantastic way to do this is to let your child pick a charity they want to contribute to. Whether that means sponsoring an animal with WWF or donating their old clothes to charities like Bernardo’s, the goal is to find a charity that engages their interest and makes them want to help.

A rail full of baby clothes to represent how to teach your child about charity by teaching them about donating old clothes

3. Set a positive example

Leading by example is one of the easiest yet most effective ways to teach your child about charity. By simply making a conscious effort to donate to charity shops and food banks, you’re showing your children that being charitable and helping others can be a small but significant part of our everyday lives.

4. Get them involved

Volunteer work is an incredible way to teach your children about charity. Why? Because, unlike most monetary donations, they can physically see how their contribution is making a difference. Plus, it reiterates to your children that they can still help others, even if they can’t afford to make a financial donation.

As we mentioned before, try and find a charity that interests your child. If they love animals, why not volunteer at an animal shelter for the afternoon? Or perhaps go litter picking if they’re enthusiastic about the environment!

Two children feeding a sheep demonstrating how to teach your children about charity by volunteering at an animal shelter

5. Have fun fundraising

If you’re looking for more specific suggestions for how to teach your child about charity, then here are some fun fundraising ideas to get you started:

– Host a bake sale

– Run a car wash

– Do a sponsored walk

– Sell old books and toys

– Create a raffle

– Throw a barbecue

– Organise a charity football match

– Host a coffee morning

These events can help show your children that fundraising isn’t only a great way to support those less fortunate, but it can also be a lot of fun.

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Be creative

So there we have it, five ways to teach your child about charity!

It’s so important that we help others and give generously, so we hope you feel inspired by our suggestions. Most importantly, we hope you have learnt how to teach your child about charity. The lessons they will learn through partaking in charitable activities are invaluable, and their contributions can truly change lives.


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Our Snowdon challenge: how this fundraising event has made a difference to our Schoolhouse Team

On April 30th 2022, eleven of our lovely SchoolHouse employees are climbing Mount Snowdon to raise money for ‘Talking Hands’.

‘Talking Hands’ is a charity that supports deaf children and their families by delivering activities and hosting events across Wales. Our goal is to raise enough money to supply their Rhymes and signs Mother and Toddler Group with lots of new BLS books and toys (along with other helpful resources).

Why we chose ‘Talking Hands’ as our Charity of the Year

At the heart of Schoolhouse are 5 Core values: Nurture, Inspire, Enjoy, Encourage and Learn.

These values are at the centre of all we do and all we stand for at Schoolhouse. We truly believe they are essential to creating a happy and healthy learning environment.

So, when we learnt about the incredible work ‘Talking Hands’ are doing to educate, inspire and encourage their members, we knew we wanted to support a charity whose values aligned with our own.

Our community mission also urges us to contribute to causes close to our hearts. So as huge Strictly Come Dancing fans, we felt inspired to learn Sign Language ourselves. With 446 children currently in our care, we want to ensure we’re doing all we can to encourage our children and young babies to communicate with us at every opportunity!

Our target is to raise £5000 throughout the year, both through our Snowdon challenge and the other exciting fundraising events!

If you wish to make a contribution to our Snowdon challenge, you can follow this link to our GoFundMe page. 

A photo of the Schoolhouse team at the top of a walking trail after training for their Snowdon challenge

 

How our Snowdon challenge has helped our team!

Our tagline says, ‘Together we enjoy learning, encourage confidence and love life.‘ And we believe our fundraising efforts have really proven that! Already our Snowdon challenge has:

Brought our team closer together – working together to achieve a common goal has been really inspiring for us. Our Whatsapp group is filled with kind words and photos of our training walks. It has become a source of genuine support, positivity and motivation.

Made us happier and healthier – the preparation for this charity event has encouraged us all to become more active. We’ve been challenging ourselves to walk 10,000 steps a day and have even endured squat challenges! The additional exercise has really boosted our endorphins. As a result, we’ve all noticed a big improvement in our mental and physical well-being. 

Encouraged growth personally and professionally – the skills we have learnt throughout this process (from learning Sign Language to climbing mountains) have proven that we’re capable of achieving amazing things when we put our minds to it.

Created a sense of purpose – to know our efforts are helping a good cause has been incredibly motivating for us. It has encouraged us to give our best (even when we haven’t felt our best) and continue promoting positive change.

Selfie of the Schoolhouse team on a walk in preparation for their Snowdon challenge

 

Support our Schoolhouse staff

Our charitable efforts have taught us that working together can not only help charities like ‘Talking Hands’, but they can also help us right here at Schoolhouse Daycare!

The lessons we’ve learnt both personally and professionally will stay close to our hearts long after our Snowdon challenge. So, however much we raise, we can smile and be proud, knowing our contribution has made a difference!


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Tips and Tricks for helping your little one through their teething journey

As a parent, you can often feel powerless during a teething phase. After all, a teething baby can be difficult to console. So what can you do to help?

We’ve outlined some helpful tips and tricks to support you and your child through their teething phase. Everything from what symptoms to expect, how long the teething phase should last and, most importantly, what you can do to help. So without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about teething:

What to expect

Typically, teething begins around the 6-12 month mark. But don’t worry too much if your child starts teething slightly sooner or later – most children can still expect to have their first set of milk teeth by 3 years old.

Now, depending on whether it’s just one tooth or a group of teeth erupting, the symptoms and duration of each teething phase can differ quite dramatically. One month your child could experience no symptoms at all – the next, they could be uncomfortable for weeks.

So, how can you best support your baby through each teething phase? Firstly we recommend getting familiar with the most common symptoms of teething. Teething symptoms include:

  • Swollen gums – check if your child’s gums are red and sore to the touch
  • Flushed cheek(s) – if only one cheek is flushed, they could be teething on that side of their mouth
  • Constant chewing – notice if they’re chewing and gnawing on things more than usual
  • Drooling – excessive dribbling can indicate that your baby is teething
  • Rashes – raised (or flat) red patches that appear on their face
  • Mild temperature – reaching up to 38C
  • Grabbing their face/ears – pay attention if your child uncharacteristically starts grabbing the face or ears

Teething baby lay on the sofa chewing their fingers.

Tips for your teething baby

Now that you know what to expect (and what to look out for), we can start exploring practical ways to support your teething baby! Here are five tried and tested ways to help your child through their teething phase:

Be affectionate

Teething is uncomfortable (if you’re lucky enough to have your wisdom teeth, you’ll understand), so be sympathetic with your child and offer them additional care and attention.

Activities like playing games and reading can distract them from any uncomfortable sensations, whilst gentle rocking and cuddling them can help to soothe them.

Always carry a cloth

Perhaps not the tip you expected, but a useful one nonetheless! If, during their teething phase, your child is drooling more than usual, having a cloth on hand can help prevent further discomfort from teething rash or chapped skin.

Teething baby chewing on grey cloth

Try teething rings

Teething rings are a lifesaver for any teething baby. Both durable and safe to chew on, teething rings help to relieve the pressure in your child’s gums. Just place them in the fridge beforehand to reduce inflammation.

(Note: never place teething rings in the freezer – if they freeze, they could end up damaging your baby’s gums.)

Gently massage their gums

If your teething rings have gone awry, you can always use a clean finger to massage your baby’s gums. Not only can you relieve some of their discomfort, but you can also feel where their teeth are coming through and how they’re progressing.

Use pain relief

Sometimes distractions just aren’t enough. If your baby is in pain and nothing else seems to be working, you can use pain relief to alleviate some of their more severe symptoms.

Pain relief like paracetamol and ibuprofen are safe for children 3 months or older and are proven to be far more effective than teething gels. However, if you’re unsure, ask for advice from a pharmacist or GP.

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Teething is temporary

If your child is experiencing teething symptoms, we hope that these tips and tricks can help them along their teething journey. Although we cannot speed up the process, we can do our best to make it more comfortable for you both.


 

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How to stop your child from biting

Biting is a troubling topic for many parents. And although it is relatively common amongst young children and toddlers, it is still greatly stigmatised.

So to help break the stigma, we are unpacking all things biting. We will explore the common causes of biting, how to stop your child from biting and how to prevent biting in the future.

So, without further ado, let’s dig in:

What causes children to bite?

If you want to learn how to stop your child from biting, you must first understand why they are biting.

The truth is children bite for a whole host of reasons. Sometimes, it can be as innocent as exploring the taste/texture of a new object. Other times, the motivation is different. To help you understand why your child is biting, here are some of the most common causes for biting:

  • Teething – biting down on something can help relieve some of the pressure/discomfort in a child’s gums.
  • Attention – when children crave attention but don’t know how to ask for it, they can act out to trigger a response.
  • To understand cause and effect – young children are naturally curious. They might bite someone/something just to find out what happens.
  • Coping mechanism – some children (especially those with Sensory Processing Disorder) need oral stimulation to help them self-regulate and relieve anxiety.
  • Communicate – articulating emotions like anger or frustration is incredibly difficult for young children. Biting can demonstrate how they feel without saying a word.

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How to respond sensitively to biting

If your child has bitten someone else, it’s important to address the behaviour immediately. Here are six actionable steps you can follow to address biting and minimise distress:

  1. Be calm and firm. Immediately say ‘no biting’ or ‘stop, biting hurts’. Make your instructions clear and easy to understand.
  2. Comfort the child who was bitten by validating their feelings. Offer them your full attention and assess whether they need medical attention.
  3. Discuss the implications of biting. In a clear, unemotional voice, explain that biting not only hurts people but upsets them too. Point this out by drawing attention to the victim and their pain/upset.
  4. Ask the child what they can do to make the person they bit feel better. Suggestions like finding their favourite toy, book or friend are all welcome. Sometimes offering a hug straight after the incident can make the victim feel uncomfortable, so always ask for their permission first. We want to encourage positive actions here as some young children won’t fully understand remorse or what it means to be sorry just yet.
  5. Ask the biter what happened. If you want to understand how to stop your child from biting someone again, you must understand why they felt the need to bite someone else in the first place. Try to understand their motivation whilst acknowledging their emotions and comforting them if need be.
  6. Come up with different solutions to these emotions/situations. Instead of biting, discuss a range of ideas for handling similar feelings or scenarios in the future. For example, if someone takes your toy in the future, you will find another toy/ask for it back/go and tell an adult. It’s really beneficial for children to offer their own suggestions here.

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For more help on biting and responding sensitively, download our full guide for free here. 

How to prevent biting in the future

Once you understand the motivation behind your child’s actions, you can explore how to stop your child from biting altogether. For example, if the problem is teething, you can invest in some teething rings. However, in the likely case biting is an emotional response, here are some ideas for how to stop your child from biting:

  • Explore non-verbal communication – if your child struggles with communicating their emotions, try using facial expressions. That way, they can still express their emotional needs even if they can’t articulate them.
  • Create a calm zone – if your child is anxious or overstimulated, having a quiet space can help them decompress.
  • Talk about their feelings – give your child plenty of opportunities to discuss their emotions, both good and bad. Use these conversations as opportunities to explore how to handle emotions healthily.

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Be empathetic

If your child is biting, the chances are they’re suffering themselves, so it’s important to respond calmly and empathetically. Only then can you find the root of the problem and work together to find a better solution.

For more help on biting and responding sensitively, download our full guide for free here. 

 


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3 Easy Steps to Teach Your Child Kindness

We often regard kindness as more of a trait than a skill – but why can’t it be both? If you’re stuck wondering how to teach your child kindness, don’t panic because we’ve listed our 3 favourite ways to encourage kindness and generosity. And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve listed a whole bunch of random acts of kindness for you to try out too!

So, in the spirit of kindness week, here are our favourite ways to teach children kindness:

1. Lead by example

From their first words to their first steps – many of the skills our children develop are learned by observing others. So, if you’re wondering how to teach your child kindness, don’t worry! All you have to do is lead by example.

By regularly performing random acts of kindness, your child can witness the joy and positivity you can bring to others and undoubtedly follow in your footsteps. After all, kindness is contagious!

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2. Praise acts of kindness

Positive reinforcement is a tried and tested teaching method – even for teaching kindness. So each time your child performs an act of kindness, praise them for their selflessness. Not only will it encourage them to continue being kind to others, but limiting these rewards to verbal praise will also promote kindness for kindness sake.

3. Practise, practise, practise

Repetition is the key to mastering any skill – so why not do the same when teaching your child kindness? Practise performing random acts of kindness together! Soon, paying compliments and smiling at others will become a simple, sweet habit.

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30 random acts of kindness

If you’re looking for some specific examples for how to teach your child kindness, here are 30 random acts of kindness you can do together to encourage generosity and selflessness:

  1. Pay someone a compliment
  2. Help tidy up
  3. Donate to a charity
  4. Write someone a kind note
  5. Give someone a hug
  6. Help pick up litter
  7. Bake for a friend
  8. Carry a neighbours shopping
  9. Smile at a stranger
  10. Call a friend or relative
  11. Hold the door open for somebody
  12. Draw someone a picture
  13. Invite others to play with you
  14. Offer to make somebody a drink
  15. Make your bed without being asked
  16. Let someone go ahead of you in a queue
  17. Say hello to a stranger
  18. Thank your teachers
  19. Donate old clothes and toys
  20. Send flowers to a relative
  21. Buy groceries for an elderly person
  22. Tell someone you love them
  23. Share your snacks with someone
  24. Tell somebody your favourite things about them
  25. Donate to a food bank
  26. Feed the birds/ducks
  27. Buy someone a gift with your pocket money
  28. Write somebody a card
  29. Lend a friend your favourite toy/book
  30. Recycle any household plastics

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So there you have it – 3 methods and 30 different ways to demonstrate how to teach your child kindness. We hope they have inspired you just as much as they have inspired your children. And remember, kindness isn’t always about big gestures and expensive gifts – it’s about the small, thoughtful actions we perform each day.

 


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How to Connect with Your Child Using Their Love Language

Every relationship relies on the five love languages. They allow us to communicate our emotions whilst highlighting how we (individually) like to express and receive love. So why are they important?

Once you understand your child’s preferred love language, you’re able to express your affections in a way that benefits them the most. (Think of it as a ranking system – once you know which love language is #1, you can focus on that, rather than wasting your efforts on #5.)

Throughout this article, we will discuss how to identify each love language before exploring how to nurture your child based upon their chosen love language.

Identifying your child’s love language

There are five different love languages (quality time, physical touch, words of affirmation, acts of service and receiving gifts), and each person responds to these love languages differently. For example, someone may value physical touch over receiving a gift. It isn’t to say that person doesn’t appreciate receiving gifts – they just prefer physical gestures.

To help you identify which love language your child resonates with most, we’ve outlined each of the five love languages, explaining what they mean and how to recognise them.

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Quality time

Quality time is all about creating valuable moments and memories with your children, either by engaging in activities or holding meaningful conversations. These moments aren’t reliant on a special occasion, activity or setting – they’re simply about being present and enjoying some one-on-one time with your child.

Signs your child’s love language is quality time:

  • They crave your attention
  • They constantly want to be around you
  • They prefer doing things together, rather than doing things alone

Physical touch

Physical touch allows you to express your love non-verbally. Spanning from hugs to high-fives, these small moments of physical contact are one of the simplest ways to show your child affection.

Signs that your child’s love language is physical touch:

  • They are very tactile
  • They like to be within your personal space
  • They crave physical contact when distressed or emotional

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Words of affirmation

Words of affirmation allow you to communicate your emotions and express your love through kind, complimentary language. Whether that’s through praise, encouragement or terms of endearment, this positive language affirms your loving relationship with your child.

Signs that your child’s love language is words of affirmation:

  • They pay you lots of compliments
  • They love praise
  • They find verbal insults particularly hurtful

Acts of service

Acts of service are essentially helpful gestures that will support your child or reduce their stress. As a parent, you may feel as though you’re constantly performing acts of service but, (unfortunately) the gestures we’re talking about lie outside of the daily tasks.

Signs that your child’s love language is acts of service:

  • They ask for your help even when they don’t need it
  • They present you with problems without trying to resolve them themselves
  • They are particularly grateful when you help them accomplish a task

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Receiving gifts

Receiving gifts is rarely about the presents themselves – instead, it focuses on the act of giving. By offering your child a gift, you’re showing them that your love, much like a gift, isn’t conditional.

Signs that your child’s love language is receiving gifts:

  • They express feeling loved after receiving a gift
  • They always remember when someone has given them a gift
  • They hold onto their gifts for as long as possible (months, maybe even years)

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How to nurture your child through their specific love language

Once you have identified your child’s primary love language, you can start to express your affections more intentionally by focusing on what makes them feel most loved. To inspire you with new ways to appeal to your child’s love language, we have created five different lists catered to each of the five love languages.

For the children who value quality time

  • Play their favourite games
  • Ask them about their day
  • Go on family walks
  • Read them bedtime stories
  • Do household chores together

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For the children who crave physical touch

  • Give lots of hugs
  • Hold their hand whilst walking
  • Praise them with a high-five
  • Kiss them good morning and good night
  • Play games like tag or twister

For the children who love words of affirmation

  • Tell them you love them multiple times a day
  • Hide kind notes amongst their belongings
  • Tell them you’re proud of them whenever they achieve something new
  • Create affectionate nicknames for each other
  • Praise them both publically and privately

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For the children who appreciate acts of service

  • Help them with their homework
  • Offer to make their favourite meal
  • Help them with their coat and shoes
  • Fix their broken toys
  • Occasionally help them with their chores

For the children who cherish receiving gifts

  • Buy them a book and read it together
  • Make them a homemade gift or bake them a treat
  • Pick some fresh flowers for them
  • Wrap up small, inexpensive tokens before gifting them
  • Treasure the gifts they give you

mother and daughter reading under the covers

So there we have it – the five different love languages. By identifying your child’s primary love language, you’re able to understand how your child likes to receive (and express) love, which will allow you to communicate more effectively and strengthen your bond.

 


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8 Healthy Foods for a Growing Child

With winter setting in and flu season upon us, it’s time to start thinking about supporting our immune systems. We all know that a healthy, balanced diet can help boost our families immunity, but what about our youngest? To shine some light during these dark days, we’ve outlined our favourite healthy foods for children this winter.

Berries

Berries like strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are rich in vitamins and minerals.

Packed full of antioxidants and vitamin C, they help protect your child’s immune system and maintain their healthy cells. Despite being out of season, you can still buy frozen summer berries or switch them out for their seasonal alternative – cranberries!

Pair your berries with a warm bowl of porridge or some refreshing yoghurt for a sweet recipe. Alternatively – tis’ the season for turkey and cranberry sauce.

berries

Eggs

Eggs are a terrific form of protein and one of the richest sources of choline. What is choline, you ask? It helps to support brain function and development.

Thankfully, eggs fit into almost any meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner). Whether you serve them with toast, cook them in an omelette, or make some custard for a treat – eggs are an easy but effective form of protein.

Milk

Whenever you think of healthy foods for children, this one is always top of the list. Milk is rich in calcium which helps support bone development and protects your child’s teeth. Whole milk is considered more beneficial for young children, but semi-skimmed also works.

Serve it warm in these cold winter months for a warming evening drink.

milk

Wholegrain foods

Wholegrain foods are some of the best healthy foods for children to eat, simply because they are so easy to incorporate into your diet. They include things like brown bread, rice and pasta, and are a fantastic source of fibre, which helps support your child’s digestive system.

Try swapping out your white bread for packed lunches and bulking out your winter soups with some wholegrain rice.

Fruits and vegetables

This may seem obvious, but they are essential for a reason. Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals (including vitamin C and potassium). They are also a good source of fibre and help to support your child’s gut health. Fresh or frozen, in any shape, size or colour, do your best to incorporate as many fruits and vegetables into your child’s diet as you can. But the question (like with all healthy foods for children) is how do you get them to eat their fruit and vegetables?

Our tip is to play to your strengths – if there is a particular fruit or vegetable they can’t get enough of, focus on that. Otherwise, try and work them into your meals as best you can. Add some extra vegetables into your turkey stew, hide them in a bolognese sauce or switch out your usual mash for sweet potato mash instead.

a boy reaching for strawberries to represent healthy foods for children

Meat and fish

Packed full of protein, meat and fish are staple ingredients in most diets – red meat provides a great source of iron, whilst oily fish are full of Omega 3s. Not only do they help keep your kids stay fuller for longer, but they also support healthy muscle growth.

There are so many ways to include meat and fish in your diet, so we recommend incorporating them into your families favourites meals.

Beans

Maybe you’re searching for healthy foods for children that are both high in protein and vegetarian friendly? If so, look no further – beans are a fantastic alternative to meat. They also contain lots of vitamins and minerals and are an additional source of fibre.

Why not swap out your mincemeat for a three-bean chilli this winter? Or if that’s too adventurous for your children, crack out your traditional baked beans – they are a classic for a reason.

a chilli

Cheese

As another fantastic source of calcium, cheese also provides your children with additional protein and vitamin D to further support their bone growth. However, younger children should avoid mould-ripened cheeses. Instead, stick to things like a mild cheddar or cream cheese.

Serve it in cubes or strings or as a topping for toast, pasta or pizza!

 

So there you have it! Our 8 favourite healthy foods for children! Remember, it’s all about balance, so don’t worry about cramming every ingredient into each meal. Just make adjustments (where possible), and you can rest assured, knowing your family will be satisfied and supported this winter.

 


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The Big Benefits of Outside Play for Nursery Children

Over the past year, we’ve learnt a lot about the benefits of fresh air and exercise. But do these benefits extend to our children? The short answer? Yes – and in more ways than one! So grab your coats because it’s time to explore the many (many) benefits of outside play!

1. Improved physical health

We all want our children to be as fit and healthy as possible (especially given the current circumstances). But did you know outside play not only helps to keep our children safe but also promotes better health and immunity? That’s right! There are a whole host of health benefits to be gained from playing outdoors, some of which include:

  • Greater fitness and stamina
  • Improved motor skills (i.e. walking, running, climbing, jumping)
  • Better calcium absorption and stronger bones
  • Regulated sleeping patterns
  • Muscles development and strength
  • Improved coordination
  • Stronger immunity

By simply getting your children out into nature, they’re able to explore and play whilst also reaping all the rewards of being outdoors. So long as they’re dressed appropriately for the weather, there’s fun to be had all year round!

A little boy throwing a pile of leaves in the air outside

2. Better communication skills

Yes, believe it or not, playing outdoors can really help develop your child’s social skills! Why? Because unlike in a classroom, outside play doesn’t follow any set rules or structures – it’s the children who are in control. This means they get to decide what games to play, which far-off worlds to travel to or which secret hideouts to build. As a result, they have to learn to listen to one another, communicate their ideas and work together to achieve their goals.

But the benefits don’t stop there! Being outdoors can also help to improve your child’s language skills. By placing them in a new, stimulating environment, you’re encouraging them to learn new words and phrases. How? By simply narrating their sensory experience (the texture of the leaves, the sound of birdsong), your child can absorb new words relative to their environment.

 

3. Supports emotional well-being

You may be wondering if it’s even possible for outside play to impact your child’s emotional well-being. But the truth is, there are several emotional benefits to playing outdoors. Some of which include:

  • Improved confidence. Whether it’s mastering climbing frames or learning to skip, the new skills your child develops from the independent play will help to boost their self-esteem.
  • Understanding empathy. Children become more aware of each other’s feelings when playing in a group. As they grow to understand these emotions, they can learn to empathise with one another and, in turn, start resolving conflicts.
  • Greater independence. There are very few things nursery children can do independently, so giving them the freedom to play outdoors affords them some well-needed autonomy and control.

outside play4. Promotes creativity

No need for toys or TV – outside play allows your child’s imagination to take the wheel. Not only is this a welcome break from screentime, but it also improves your child’s creativity. With an active imagination, your child can enjoy playing independently, increasing their overall happiness and reducing boredom.

Outdoor play is also a great way for children to process their emotions and express their feelings (usually through imaginary characters and scenarios). And if that weren’t enough, children with active imaginations are usually better problem solvers! Because of their vivid imaginations, creative children can visualise several different solutions to any single problem – a skill they will appreciate later in life.

Read: What Is Heuristic Play and Why Is It Good for Our Children?

It’s clear to see that outside play is hugely beneficial to our children’s health and development. Both mentally and physically, nature has a lot to offer our children – and unlike their greens, they’ll welcome these health benefits with open arms. So while they’re outside playing and having fun, you can rest assured knowing their bodies and minds are benefitting too.

 


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