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6 Summer Holiday Activities for Children
It’s finally the summer! That means you’re probably looking forward to weeks’ worth of quality time spent with the kids.
At our nursery in Exmouth, we know what a challenge it can be to keep children happy and engaged for weeks on end. That’s why we’ve made this list of 6 summer holiday activities that you can do with the kids this summer holiday.
SUMMER HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES AT HOME
If you love quality time with your little ones, then these at-home activities are the perfect choice for you this summer.
1. Summer Picnics
Nothing says summer quite like a picnic.
Grab a blanket and some sandwiches and head over to your local park to bask in the sun, or stay indoors and build yourself a den in the living room.
So long as you’ve got plenty of nibbles, this activity is sure to be a hit this summer that you can do over and over again.
2. Paddling Pool Parties
Paddling pools are widely available both online and in shops and are super easy to set up. Just inflate and fill it with water for hours of splashing summer fun.
You can always make it interesting with inflatables or toys that’ll keep the kids entertained for hours!
If you don’t have a garden, then don’t worry! Local leisure centres often host kid’s swims that are full of fun inflatables and water toys that are perfect for swimmers of all abilities. However, don’t forget to check what restrictions your local pool still has in place.
If you’re looking for a simple break that the kids will love, these activities are perfect.
3. Camping Trips
Whether it’s for a week break or a weekend, it’s time to make the most of the stunning countryside right outside your door.
Camping holidays are easy, affordable and available across the country. Whether you want to reconnect with nature or stay somewhere with some creature comforts, there’s something for everyone.
And if staying in a tent being beholden to the elements doesn’t appeal to you, there’s always cabins and pod holidays to consider!
4. Beach Holidays
In Devon, we’re extremely lucky in the fact that we’re rarely more than an hour away from a beach.
These locations are great for people who want a couple of days – or even weeks – away from their normal routine to just bask in the sun and sand.
Most beach towns will also have children’s activities, surf lessons and arcades that’ll keep kids occupied for hours!
FAMILY DAYS OUT
You don’t need days away to make a summer special. You can create amazing summer memories that’ll last a lifetime with great days out across the country.
Here are just a couple of the great attractions available in Devon.
5. Crealy Theme Park & Resort, Exeter
With rides, animals and 75,000 square feet of undercover play areas, this award-winning park is the perfect day out for the whole family no matter the weather.
Keep an eye on their calendar, as Crealy is also known to have action-packed events throughout the years, including special guests and appearances from kids TV characters.
6. Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
Paignton Zoo is the perfect attraction for the family this summer come rain or shine.
They have over 2,500 different animals spread out across 80 beautiful acres for you to roam and explore.
As well as educational animal talks, Paignton Zoo is also a registered charity and part of a network of zoos that care for and breed rare species.
We hope you enjoy trying out some of our 6 summer holiday activities. Make some fantastic memories this summer! We look forward to hearing all about your adventures from your child.
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5 Ways to Support Your Child’s Mental Health
We thought we would share 5 ways to support your child’s mental health. It’s important to consider children’s mental health. Parents and carers have an essential role in helping them develop and adapt to life’s challenges as they grow up. Mental health problems affect around one in ten children and young people. This is often a response to what is taking place in their lives.
With mental health becoming more and more talked about in today’s society, we are looking at ways adults can help support children’s mental health in various ways.
SPEND TIME TOGETHER
Parents can become distracted with the requirements of everyday life. There are bills to pay, dinner to be made, work life and demands from children. As such, it is essential to make time with your child one-to-one. You can help put worries and distractions aside and listen to them. Just asking about their day; what happened at school and what they played with their friends can help you tune into their worries.
Carrying out a quiet activity together makes it easier to talk to your child without it becoming an interrogation and encourages your child to open up naturally. Modern life is hectic and it can be difficult to find time to sit down together regularly. However, it is important you do so, as it will benefit both you and your child in the long run.
Children are very observant and will question everything that goes on around them. Adults are considered role models, and it is important our behaviour demonstrates how to deal with emotions, particularly anger and frustration. Providing a stable and consistent environment, particularly for younger children, helps your child feel secure and confident about the world around them. One way to build a good environment is through the relationships with the child and the relationships they see.
It is beneficial for young children to have people around them who support each other and don’t hide their own issues. An unstable relationship can be a risk factor to a child’s mental health. As mentioned above, children are observant and can pick up on issues even if they do not understand the cause. Being open with your children helps them understand what is going on and helps them deal with issues much easier.
Children learn about themselves and the people around them through play. Particularly with younger children, playing can provide them with a way to express themselves if they can’t put it into words. Creative activities offer a bonding opportunity between family and friends, as children can tell a story through what they are doing. Role-playing games, either with dress up or toys can also offer insight into how a child is feeling. We love role-play at ABC Day Nursery and make sure that our children have plenty of opportunities to express themselves.
Physical health is often linked with mental health, and a physically healthy child is more likely to feel better about themselves mentally. It is important to keep your children active through activity. This is even more important as they get older. In addition to that, eating a balanced diet and staying away from indulging in sugary and fatty foods is part of a healthy lifestyle. If you notice your child is not eating well, not enjoying sports and not getting outside to do exercise, it could be a sign there are underlying mental health issues.
FINDING THEIR PASSION
One way to support your child’s mental health is through finding their passion and a hobby they love. A passion or hobby can provide a much-needed outlet, no matter how young a child is. It also gives them something they can control.
At our nursery in Exmouth we take our children’s mental health seriously and aim to teach them ways of expressing and explaining their emotions. We hope to ensure children leave us for primary school ready to tackle life’s challenges ahead. Find out about how we approach children’s learning and development here.
A Bug’s Life at ABC Day Nursery!
It’s a bug’s life at ABC Day Nursery! There have been some exciting developments in the Inventors’ garden as a bug hotel has been created. Our children have been very excited to see what creepy crawlies take up residence. They have left vegetable scraps as food for the new arrivals. We hope to see lots of different species about which to learn.
The new ABC bug hotel provided the perfect opportunity for the children to learn through play. We encourage them to be naturally inquisitive, supported by our curiosity approach to their learning. Read more about our approach to our children’s learning and development here.
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ABC Day Nursery’s Guide to Preparing for Reception
Here is ABC Day Nursery’s guide to preparing for Reception. September is fast approaching and some of our children will be leaving us to start ‘big’ school. Some of our little ones are not so little anymore!
Often, the transition to Reception can feel like a significant change. With more time at school and less time at home, many fear how their child will adapt to the new routine.
Here at ABC Day Nursery, we support many of our children throughout their pre-school education. Here is our guide to preparing for Reception.
We share our best advice to help Reception parents introduce the longer and more structured new school routine into your child’s life.
WHY TRANSITIONING TO RECEPTION CAN FEEL SIGNIFICANT
The transition to Reception can feel like a significant step. This is because it sets the precedence of the school routine which pupils will follow for the rest of their time in formal learning.
It means that more time of your child’s day is spent in the educational environment than previously experienced. With longer days away from home, it might feel like a big change.
Creating a positive experience from the get-go is essential to ensuring your child feels confident and encouraged to see school as a place of safety.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ROUTINE
A routine is a form of safety and security for young children. It is always vital to implement a routine for children, regardless of age. However, it is especially important for younger children. As children start school, a clear routine can help them transition from Nursery to primary school.
Unable to tell the time, a young child establishes their life through the events that happen, consequently becoming reliant on these occurrences.
Without a set routine, many young children can feel insecure. Sometimes, this feeling can advance into their teen years and affect their sense of self and how they adapt to their surroundings.
Provides a Safe Environment
Routine promotes confidence as children can predict what should happen next, as opposed to feeling fearful of the unknown.
In safe and predictable environments, children are more likely to learn integral life lessons, including trust. It encourages them to feel relaxed, and they will be more willing to explore the world around them without feeling anxious.
There are also many practical benefits of having a set routine including learning about time management, implementing important daily habits (like brushing teeth) and familiarising children with chores.
Challenging Times of Day
Routines can also help ease stressful times of day, like getting ready for school and going to sleep.
A set routine leaves little room for any dispute as your child knows what to expect.
Prepare in Advance
We recommend slowly introducing elements of school routine to your child’s current routine. It’s a great way to familiarise them with what will be expected when they start Reception. By the time Reception starts, it will feel like a more normalised part of their routine and reduce any emphasis on it being an overwhelming step.
Schedule Their Day Similar to School
Why not combine school and home routines? It is a great way to prepare your child for a new routine, without the overwhelming rush of doing it on the day.
You may want to start introducing small, little changes a few months or weeks before they start the new school year.
It could include practising things such as:
● Wake up at the correct time.
● Go to bed at the expected time.
● Eat meals and snacks at the same time as the school lunchtime and breaktimes.
● Get dressed.
● Eat breakfast on time
● Practise the school run.
CREATE PICTURE CHARTS
As highlighted, many children preparing for Reception do not know how to tell the time or have a clear concept of time management. To help them establish a sense of routine and order, use a picture chart. Include any new changes to their morning and bedtime schedule in the chart too.
A picture of each task, in the order they need to complete it, will help them to visualise and familiarise themselves with what is expected in the rush of the school morning, for example.
Many children have their own comforts which help them to feel safe and secure, such as a blanket.
As they head into Reception, they will no longer be able to rely on these items of comfort and spend less time with them.
It might feel challenging, but instead of going cold turkey when they start school, it might be worth slowly reducing their interaction time with the item, depending on how attached they are.
It is not uncommon for children aged three or four to still have naps. However, to help their mind and body get used to the energy required at school, try to phase them out in preparation for Reception.
A good bedtime routine is essential to support this, so make sure you implement wind downtime each evening as they adjust.
SHARE STORIES AND DISCUSS FEELINGS
It is essential to maintain an open conversation about how your child feels about school before, during and throughout their school life.
If they seem anxious, familiarise them with pictures or visits to the school, as well as sharing your own positive stories and memories of your own school experience. You could show photos of yourself at school as a great way to help children visualise and familiarise themselves with the concept of starting school.
TRY NOT TO OVER EMPHASISE CHANGES
As important as it is to discuss school, try not to over-hype it. Any changes into a new school routine need to feel natural and normal, so any conversations need to reflect this. Try to avoid words such as ‘big steps’ as this can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed.
TALK THROUGH ANY CHILDCARE ARRANGEMENTS
Always make sure to explain any changes to pick up and drop off arrangements in advance. It will help them to know what to expect and avoid any last-minute panics. Add any changes like this to your picture chart to help your child understand and remember the arrangements.
We are so proud of our pre-schoolers in the Inventors room, many of whom have been at ABC Day Nursery since they were babies. We aim to ensure all of our children leave us fully prepared for joining Reception. We hope parents find the ABC Day Nursery guide to preparing for Reception useful. Get in touch with us to find out more.