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Letters to Father Christmas – an activity for Nannies

November 28, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Don’t forget to write your letter to Father Christmas, so that he can tell his Elves exactly what to make! This will need to be written and sent as early as possible to give his Elves enough time, and the deadline is Friday 9th December, so please make sure you have sent him a letter by this date. Father Christmas has said that he will do his very best to respond to each and every one of you.

Please send it to the address below so that Santa receives your letter:

Santa/Father Christmas,

Santa’s Grotto,

Reindeerland,

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Please make sure that you send your letter to the correct address and that it is stamped correctly! Don’t forget to include your full name and address so that Father Christmas can respond to you.

Father Christmas is busy making his list of who has been good. He is very busy preparing his sleigh for his long journey with his reindeer’s. He is very excited to deliver your presents on Christmas Eve and would like to remind us all to be good, and not to forget his Mince Pie and Carrot for Rudolph!

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Booster seats explained

November 28, 2016 | Leave a Comment

UPDATE: New approvals rules for backless booster seats look set to come into force before March 2017, and not December 2016 as originally expected. Under current UK law, all children travelling in a car must use the correct child car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall. In some European countries this height limit is 150cm. However, a committee of European safety experts has voted to amend the approval rules for backless booster seats (sometimes called booster cushions), under the R44 regulation, to limit their use to children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg. The regulations will apply to new products entering the market.

Read more: http://www.which.co.uk/news/2016/10/booster-seats-rules-change—update-453898/ – Which?

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A new law comes into place around December (date to be confirmed) that changes the rules on Children’s car booster seats.

It’s important as a parent or nanny with children that you are aware of the change and what it means.

These new rules only allow children that are taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg to be able to use a Booster seat purchased or manufactured as new from around December 2016. Please check the government website for this new law release date here: https://www.gov.uk/child-car-seats-the-rules/using-a-child-car-seat-or-booster-seat

Here is a list of things to remember when buying a new Booster seat

  1. Ensure it is high back;
  2. Ensure it has head protection;
  3. Ensure it has shoulder protection;
  4. Make sure that there are red guides to feed seat belt through;
  5. Choose a seat with Isofix fitting if your car has Isofix points (this stops the seat “swaying”, fixing the seat to the vehicle).
  6. Don’t be distracted by character design/colour;
  7. Avoid buying online, visit a retailer where expert advice can be given, and you can try the seat in your car with the help of an expert fitter.

Current law states that all children must use a booster seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall. This law will stay in place for Booster seats purchased prior to the change in law.

The new law is only for new Booster seats that have been manufactured and purchased after the expected December 2016 change. We strongly recommend that you switch to a high-backed booster seat for children aged 4-12 until your child reaches 125cm tall or 22kg. Recent research shows that a high-backed booster seat will offer a lot more protection for your child than the backless booster seat.

Further information about car seats and their use can be found on the ROSPA website here: http://www.childcarseats.org.uk/types-of-seat/booster-cushions/

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We are supporting Anti Bullying Week!

November 17, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Anti-bullying Week 2016 is being held between the 14th and 18th November with the theme ‘power for good’ and is organised by Anti-Bullying Alliance.

You can follow the Anti-bullying Weeks’ events, tips and articles with the following hashtags:
#antibullyingweek #powerforgood

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Do you Know how to help Children Love to Read?

November 4, 2016 | Leave a Comment

For the next couple of weeks the BBC’s LovetoRead campaign will be taking place and the time to start reading is now. The LovetoRead campaign promotes and encourages us to read. And for children, this is an important skill to learn and to continue with their development.  Reading is an important life skill that we must all know and on the weekend, the 5th and 6th of November, the LovetoRead weekend will arrive and the opportunity to stop what you’re doing, sit down, relax and read a book you enjoy will be here. Over the course of this campaign, it will be celebrated by many different platforms such as TV, where programmes on Saturdays on BBC 2 will be ‘Books Nights’ which shall involve reading and viewing different authors and much more. Also on radio 2, there will be a host of Authors spending time on the radio talking about their individual books and the enjoyment of reading and there will also be a social media campaign where you can communicate with fellow book readers and make or receive suggestions on books.

Here is a list of our top 5 books for Babies and Toddlers

  1. Dear Zoo – A child friendly book that allows children to lift up the flaps to discover the different animals the zoo has sent with colourful sketches and intriguing animals.
  2. Can’t you sleep little bear? – A lovely illustrated book that tells a story of how big bear cares for little bear who is struggling to sleep
  3. The Gruffalo – An intriguing story of when a mouse came face to face with different animals including a Gruffalo. With Strong colours and a clever story
  4. Dr Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! – A beginning into the world of the alphabet where imagery and creativity is used to begin the learning of the alphabet
  5. Winnie-the-Pooh – In this classic tale of Winnie-the-Pooh, follow the journey to the North Pole with the other animals in this visually stunning and fun story.

Here is a list of our top 5 books for Pre-schoolers/Primary School Children

  1. Don’t be Horrid, Henry! – In this fun tale of Horrid Henry when Perfect Peter is born, Horrid Henry is trying his best to get rid of him but not succeeding. This book is perfect for early readers, with fun pictures.
  2. Mr Tickle – This funny book is perfect for early readers looking for a challenge while having some fun enjoying the comedy and images of Mr Tickle
  3. Fantastic Mr Fox – This challenging book will really push your child’s reading skills with an interesting tale of “farmer versus vermin”
  4. Mary Poppins – The classic Story of Mary Poppins, a special nanny that uses the art of magic to make this story a very exciting read, this story is one to really intrigue your child and further their skills in reading.
  5. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – In this incredibly popular story that follows the character Harry Potter on his adventure into his First Year at Hogwarts. A much more difficult read but one that will sure improve your child’s reading skills and challenge them to a much longer book.

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