Parents of autumn-winter birthday kids often face a tough choice.
Chances are, you are like me and wondering if your child is ready for school come next January. This decision can be an agonising one as we are often given conflicting and inaccurate information.
Truth to be told is that you are right to be concerned. Research shows that children who enter school but should have stayed back another year have been to shown to:
• do less well in school
• develop a dis
Starting school or childcare is an exciting time for children but it can also be very daunting. There is a great deal of change and some children (and adults!) adapt quicker and easier than others. Not only do you have to find the right placement for your child but it is also very important to prepare your child for this new step. There are a few things that you can do to help your child prepare.
Firstly, prepare your child by talking about school or childcare. Tell them w
Preparing your child for the first day of childcare or school can be a daunting task physically, financially and emotionally. If you are preparing for school you may possibly need a whole new wardrobe of school clothes, shoes, a hat and school bag which will be filled with pencils, books, a lunch box and drink bottle. For childcare you will need similar items which of course all need to be labelled including spare cloths, undies or nappies and possibly bedding if your chil
If you are looking to start toilet training your toddler, summer is a great time. Wet pants aren’t so cold and there's plenty of time outside where accidents aren't so messy. I suggest you use light undies or those with a thick gusset as they are uncomfortable when wet, especially when wee is trickling down their legs. This helps encourage the use of the potty or toilet. Use a nappy or something similar when putting your toddler to sleep to avoid accidents. Parents also n
Toilet training issues - when, where and how - can be a controversial topic. I have had interesting conversations with other health workers and parents, some from different cultures in regards to toilet training. In China, for instance, children and babies do not wear nappies, so toilet training starts very early. A Korean client was training her baby from birth and claimed her mother had trained her children by six months. From this example you can see it is more the moth
Much preparation needs to occur before a child is ready for effective academic learning, and it appears that our creator has designed us to acquire the needed skills through the natural movements and play common to all children. First we learn to roll, then to creep, then to rock on hands and knees, then to crawl - and all the time we are learning and preparing ourselves to learn. We are progressing through important developmental stages. Our muscles build strength and co-ord
Many parents have asked me what is my opinion on child care? I often ask them what is their reason for putting a child into child care? There are many as you can imagine. Some parents have no alternative as mum needs to return to work. In this case some babies attend child care as young as three months. I believe that if a child begins child care even for half a day a week at an early age they adapt quickly. The older the child the more challenges and tear you may face. I
If you are a client of Cradle 2 Kindy you will know how we stress ‘tummy time’. Tummy time is time on tummy. Due to SIDS stressing that you should not sleep your baby prone most parents are nervous about putting their baby tummy down. Because babies these days generally sleep, play, and are in the car or pram on their backs their development of back, shoulder and neck muscles is hampered. There can also contribute to misshapen heads and torticollis (taut neck muscles caus