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.
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.
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:
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 settingas 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.
As a child, I remember taking part in arts and crafts both at home and in school. I learnt how to sow buttons unto material, make scarf through knitting and make beads, and bangles through recycled materials. These skills stayed with me and I have never forgotten them.
Craft has been useful to me as a parent in situations when a bottom or two on my children’s clothing had needed repair.
Arts and crafts are very good skills for children. It helps them develop a life skill that is practical and creative. It helps by boosting kids self-esteem in seeing what they have created or made come alive and into form. Not all children are academic due to having more creative and artistic skills. It is the parent or careers responsibility to encourage these skills in the child ensuring he/she fell valued as a creative person. Arts and crafts can also contribute positively in enhancing parent-child relationship. Parents coming together with their children in making creative items and objects enhances relationship and memories that can not be forgotten.
Do some arts and crafts with your child today and see the results. Watch out for our shop page coming soon, which will have lots of kids arts and crafts items.
When it comes to parenting and good parenting tools and skills, I have come to realise that persistence is the key.
If you want to get your child into a sleeping routine, persistence is the key.
If you want to get your child eating 3 main meal, with healthy snack, persistence is the key, without making excuses for the child.
If you want to get your child toilet trained and ready for pre-school, persistence is the key.
If you want to manage a particular negative behaviour from your child, persistence is the key.
If you want to encourage manners such as please and thank you into your child, persistence is the key and you lead by examples.
If you want to encourage tidy up skills, persistence is the key and maybe with some rewards.
If you want to encourage reading or maths skills, persistence is the key.
As the saying, practise makes perfect. The more you persist and practice your parenting skills in these areas and more, the better and should I say perfect you become (if there is anything a perfect parent). Am sure you have seen all the parenting TV programme. It shows you that parenting has more to do with persistence, saying what you mean, doing it and sticking to your guns, if I may say so.
Of cause every parent try their possible best to impact on their child’s life positively. Some parents are natural at being parents, while others do their best and others are crying out for help. As parents I feel we all need some help at some stage regardless of if we are the best or worse parent. Getting help can be direct or indirectly. Direct help can involve asking support from a professional childcare practitioner be it a counsellor, teacher, educationalist, nursery nurse etc. Indirect help can involve learning from other parents, friends or families experiences on how they dealt with certain issues with their children. You have not ask for help directly but from what was shared you were able to pick one or two things that could help your parenting skills.
I asked the question, Am I a good parent? My definition of a good parent, for today, is someone that can reflect on their parenting skills. See what is working and what is not and is willing to improve on it. We all aim to be the perfect parent but if you do not reflect on your parent skills, you and your child might be heading for troubled times ahead. Reflecting on your parenting skills can include:
Changing the way you talk to your child as he/she develops. Is it that you were quite soft but now you need to be firm or you were quite firm but now you need to negotiate.
Listening to your child’s opinion, sharing yours and concluding on the one that best suite your child at this point in time.
Reflecting on our parenting skills helps us to become better parents and helps us to develop, knowing we are making progress for ourselves and children’s seek.