To anyone unacquainted with the idea of Early Year Foundation Stage monitoring, a child tracker observation has the ring of something unpleasant – an overly stringent teacher keeping tabs on everything a child says or does, rather like a nosy neighbour, constantly peeking through the curtains to tut and disapprove of normal childhood games and fun! But in fact, the truth is much more useful, and all but invisible to the child, when done right.
The Department for Education has released its 2019 Childcare and Early Providers report, which exposes a continuing decline in childminder numbers and subsequently, childcare places. The figure marks the third year on the spin that there has been a significant drop in the number of registered childminders in the UK.
Children are very curious and are usually naturally drawn to science-based activities. It comes with a strong feeling of being able to understand and make sense of the world.
Childcare is always something that creates stressful decisions for parents. Parents beat themselves up about the work/life balance constantly and despair at the cost of childcare in general. Over the years we’ve used a combination of nursery and playgroup for all the children. At some point all of them have been to nursery and two […]