Torn Earlobe from Participating in Physical Education!

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In my almost two decades of being in childcare education, I have not come across a child having torn earlobe from participating in physical education in the UK. My aim on this topic is to bring a balance equation from both a professional and parent perspective. Research shows no incident or accidents of pupils wearing earrings or studs has occurred during physical activity or swimming. I will be glad to be proven wrong, and the evidence based on a real ratio. The keyword such as ‘Serious accidents have occurred as a result of contact between pupils wearing earrings or studs’are included in school policies and educational establishments., but none on a real accident that occurred. It bothers me that the same swimming pool the public swims is the same pool our children’s activity takes place. The public is not told to take off their earring before swimming, just a thought. In a nursery school setting, I can understand toddlers pulling other toddlers earring, which can result to torn earlobe. However, a more realistic explanation should be provided as to why children in most UK primary schools are being instructed not to wear stud earring.

The Department of Education suggests that ‘Common sense should be used in assessing and managing the risks of any activity.’ Some UK schools have lost common sense when it comes to the health and safety of children activities. The UK Health and Safety website supports this on pages 9-11 of their newsletter.

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Parents are baffled as to why this rule exist and have asked questions on various parenting forums on if a child has being hurt from wearing stud earring. As a parent, I have experienced this too, thou the earring was the tiniest nose stud. I believe it is more unhygienic to keep having the earring taken in and out of the ears due to an infection transferred from day to day hand germs. As a childcare professional I understand rules of risk assessment are put in place to prevent any litigation. However these rules have to be based on common sense, cultural diversity and respect for the choice of parents for their children.

Feedbacks In Childcare Business

It takes a brave childcare company to ask for feedback from parents or clients as you do not know what to expect. Most expect a positive feedback or are too scared to ask parent to give one if not sure of their childcare service.

Feedback is a great way of:suggestion, feedback

  • Improving your child care service.
  • Getting FREE recommendation that can help your service.
  • Providing parents/clients a positive approach to express their concerns.
  • Telling your side of the story.
  • Letting you know what is working or not working, which can help save money/human resources/time.
  • Letting parents/clients know that their contribution is important.

Note, it is important that when feedback is given, an action and a result should be derived from the feedback. Let use the example of Eden Mobile Creche, when the company started we only provided a full creche service. However, we got a lot of feedback for the need of childcare staff only service. This service met the needs of clients with smaller budget or clients that have venues with toys but not the qualified childcare staff. This feedback helped Eden Mobile Creche add a new childcare service. Feedback can also be a sudden trend or the most request service by parents or clients.

Feedback for childcare business can help make the business grow positively. An example of getting feedback within a nursery school is providing parent with a yearly form, which can be a questionnaire format or suggestion. Forms can remain anonymous to give parents privacy. This is beneficial to the early years setting as it provides an opportunity identifying what parents are happy with and what they are not. A man once told me he only knew a client was not happy with his service when he gets a call from another company asking for the clients’ folder to be transferred. It does not have to get to the point of parents removing their child from an early years setting before problems are identified. A feedback process can help reduce this possibility.

In conclusion, let a matured member of staff deal with feedback. A people person, which may not be the must senior member of the team. However, some feedback will need senior management attention to get the desired result.

SOS Childcare

Due to some of the childcare service Eden Mobile Creche provides, mobile creche and hotel babysitting, there has been several times friends, families and clients have contacted me for short term childcare. However, you might say this should not be news as of cause, Eden Mobile Crèche is there for short term and emergency childcare. This however is a complete different type of emergency childcare. The conversation tends to be:

” I have to travel and be at a meeting but I need some one to be at my house for 7 am when am leaving.”

“My shift at work has changed for the week so I need someone to pick my children from school, until late into the night.”

“I need to travel for a short period but I do not want to take  my kids with me.” sos

These are examples of parents, especially mothers, needing short term childcare. I call it Save Mummy’s Soul childcare service. As with myself, there are times when parents need immediate or emergency childcare needs for occasions that have to be attended to urgently. Here are my suggestions:

  • Look for a local child minders:  Contacting your local family information service is the best way of finding a child-minder within your location. On contacting them, you are sent a comprehensive list of the local childminders in your area (this can also be seen on OFSTED when you type in your postcode). It is important to remember this is short term, so if no available space within your immediate area be ready to expand the search to about 10 miles of your locality. Some child-minders offer night or sleep-in childcare service.
  • Speak to your immediate network of childcare practitioners: If your child already attends a nursery, pre-school or school, you can ask one of the staff you are close to and your child relates to the most. This seem to work with must parents. This will save you time on background checks has contact is already established, but it is still advised to ask to see documents such as DBS (formally known as CRB).
  • Ask a close family member: This might be the obvious choice but it is always good to ask. Although you might say it’s my mum, dad, sister, brother or friend, it is still courtesy to ask them first of their availability before mentioning the situation.
  • Contact a childcare service company: If you are a parent that is good at planning ahead (some of us are not) then you can contact childcare companies such as Eden Mobile Creche or childcare web data base such as Find-a-babysitter.

Changing The Hair Style of your Childcare Business

As a woman, I know how important it is to have my hair style changed quite often. This keeps my look fresh, clean, innovative and unpredictable from people around me. I hear quite often, when this change takes place, ‘You look different’. This contribute in boosting my confidence and self-esteem. These hair style changes are not because I need confirmation that I look good but because I know how the change makes me fell good and confident.

This can also be related to your childcare business. Change is important for any business because it shows you are innovative and ready to move with the times. As a children’s nursery such change can involve repainting your setting environment at least once a year, moving the equipment around, having yourself and staff all have an innovative training. It is a way of ensuring a confident boost for your childcare business and telling parents and carers that you care about the environment and space their children are being looked after.

A childcare business or any business that has an open door policy for ideas generated by staff will have no problem changing the hair style of their business. This is one of the way companies such as Google has used in staying in the competitive market on SEO, internet and WWW marketing. By ensuring that all good suggestions or ideas, from staff is acted upon, you then ensure to pass on the praise and acknowledgement has this boost confident and enhance the process of generating more great ideas from staff. Another way of encouraging changes in your business is getting the children in your childcare setting involved. You can ask them to draw a layout of how they will like their childcare setting to look. This can help provide insights from a child’s perspective and a great way of getting children included within the childcare community.

Not all hair style fit all faces, so you have to do a style that fit’s your face. With your childcare business, not because you see a school, nursery, creche or play centre carrying out a particular initiative or idea does not mean it will work for your business. You have to think of your location, clients, staff, children and other things before you put the plan into action because as you know our face shape are not all the same. As it is said, change is good, but ensure the change is for a positive rather than negative because a negative change can help set your business backward and undo the hard and smart work that may have already taken place. Ensure to carry out research or test the ground to see what works and what may not work.

Expiry Dates and Cupboard Medication

Has it happened to you before that your child had a temperature and you got kids paracetamol out of your kitchen cupboard without checking the expiry date. OR all the medication your child gets, from visiting the Doctor when ill, has just been dump in the kitchen cupboard after the child gets better.

I recently cleared my kitchen cupboard and found paracetamol with date 2008 and medication that had expired 2 years ago. I know some parents are very good with keeping up to date with this. But for some us who have to juggle so many things with being a parent, STOP! today to have a look at your medication cupboard and you might just find a medicine that should have been thrown in the bin 2 years ago. There are different In-Use shelf-life date for different medication that has no expiry date. This varies from 4 weeks to 1 year so ensure you know the shelf-life of all your children medication ans if not sure, BIN IT! 

Let me know the most expiry medicine you find in those medication cupboard in your homes.