People who help us in our communities and at Apricot Nursery, Peterborough.

People who help us

People who help us

What a great topic that we have adopted for the month.  It provides fantastic learning opportunities and is so much fun for the staff and children alike.  We covered many different areas;

  • British values
  • Personal social and emotional development
  • People and communities
  • The world

At Apricot nursery we believe in the importance of building a sense of community from a young age. We want the children to have a sense of pride in who they are and how they can act in the community in a safe manner.   Here’s just a snippet of some of these activities we cover;

Baby Room – We have mums and dads coming to play in the morning together to share experiences, create memories and to build relationships.
Toddler Room – creating mothers day cards and sharing experiences.
Pre-School Room, We planned for the local fire service to send us a fire engine and crew to get all the children (and some staff) excited. Unfortunately the local fire brigade had a call out and so our team worked with the children to talk about safety and made fire engines and engaged in some really effective role play.

The true benefit that this topic brings, is amazing. The children are open to so many learning opportunities from understanding how things work, being safe, the local community and how others can help.

Things we can do at home

Promoting safety – This can be whilst you are walking next to a road or in a busy car park and even in the local park. Remember to talk about where the dangers are and how to keep safe.
Our services – Talking about police officers, firefighters and paramedics when you see their vehicles, is a great way to start a conversation about what they are doing and who they are going to help.
Mums, Dads and Carers – The most important ones – talk to children how you help others and why its important to help others.

British values
This whole topic promotes all four areas of British values and can be seen through all these experiences.

Democracy
So, let’s start with democracy.  Think of democracy as a situation where everyone is treated equally and has equal rights.

Rule of law
This is about understanding that rules matter.

Individual liberty
The remaining two values are both embedded within PSED (personal, social and emotional development) and Understanding the World.  For individual liberty, we focus on children’s self-confidence and self-awareness and people and communities.

Mutual respect and tolerance
Finally, mutual respect and tolerance: we learn to treat others as we want to be treated. We learn how to be part of a community, manage our feelings and behaviour; and form relationships with others.

We hope this shows how we are sharing with our children, experiences to help them understand more about those who help us.

Apricot Nursery

Apricot is a day nursery in Peterborough (PE2) offering childcare services to pre-school babies (3 months plus), toddlers and young children. We also run a holiday club and out-of-school club for older children up to the age of 11. Click the bold links or call us on 01733 390 969 for more information.

Information communication and technology (ICT) in a nursery environment

Information, communication and technology

Our new interactive screen at Apricot Nursery for the children

Information, communication and technology (ICT) is often overlooked in a nursery environment.  It is tempting to just find a CD player and get the children to use the buttons to stop and start a song and feel that we are using ‘technology’.  At Apricot nursery we have decided to take a much more proactive approach.  We understand that technology is a part of everyday life for children and adults alike. As the world fills itself with more technology we want to enable our nursery children to have a great introduction to this development.

At Apricot Nursery we will be supporting children’s learning using various apps on our new interactive screen for the children.  We have invested in this so that we can introduce toddlers and preschool children to the benefits of technology in a safe and controlled manner.  The apps we use relate to all seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), in particular we have enjoyed using Yellow Door apps that are designed specifically for toddlers to help extend their learning using imagery and audio in a fun and easy to use interface.  The interactive screen also allows many learning experiences to be shared as it is large and easy to see for a large group of children.

The benefits of technology in a safe and controlled manner

Our practitioners play a vital role ensuring that technology is used to promote awareness and development of key skills.  They do this by linking technology to the world around them and showing the children the purpose of technology in a positive light.  Using technology to gain knowledge can be fun and educational at the same time.

Apricot nursery wants this new generation of children to feel safe not only in their environment but also in the virtual environment of technology.  Whilst supporting children’s learning Apricot nursery acknowledges the dangers of the web for children.  We will be working with parents and carers sharing ways to keep children safe online.

What you can do now:

1 – Set parental controls – all tablets, phones and personal computers have parental controls that are easy to set up.
2 – Talk about Safety on the tablet – even at an early age it is ok to discuss the how to be safe on a tablet, phone or computer
3 – Set boundaries – time limits are great discipline to put in place, they allow children to be aware of limits and ensure that they are not becoming dependant on or addicted to screens.

Some great FREE applications to help children’s development include:

Beebot – this helps with language and communication and understand positional language.
Number Train – Number train supports maths and is a simple to use application.
Letter School – has in-app purchases – this is a great app to develop ABC’s and letter writing and helps with fine motor skills.

The NSPCC has great guidance online; please follow this link.

For more information about Apricot’s nursery in Peterborough, contact us on 01733 390 969 or click the bold link.

Father’s Day Breakfast

Father’s Day Breakfast

Father’s Day Breakfast

For Father’s Day we invited fathers and grandfathers to join us for breakfast and to take part in some creative activities. It was lovely to see the fathers playing alongside their children and enjoying some quality time together.  A big thanks to all the dads and granddads for coming along, from the whole team at Apricot Nursery in Peterborough PE2.

Children develop faster at nurseries than staying at home

Children with working mothers and fathers develop faster than those whose parents stay at home to look after their child, a new study has found.

The social and everyday skills developed by those attending a nursery have been found to be better than children that stay at home with their parents. Scientists at Oxford University and the London School of Economics suggest that those who stay at home are less advanced.

Benefits of attending nursery

The study tested children against four measures of development. The results showed that staying at home had a five per cent negative impact on children’s everyday and social skills. Conversely, attending nursery delivered a 10 per cent positive impact on everyday skills.

Researchers explained that the benefit of nursery increased with the amount of time spent there. Dr Laurence Roope, of the Oxford Health Economics Research Centre, said: “We’re not saying that they should be spending 24 hours a day there, but it does seem spending more time there had significant benefits.

“It should give parents some reassurance that nurseries are not going to harm their children, and are likely to be beneficial.”

In general, children are often exposed to greater and more varied stimulating activities at nursery and they have the opportunity to interact with new children and adults – all helping towards their development.

Our Peterborough nursery is no different. Our aim is to provide the best development for your child. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum programme which is designed to teach and educate your child through fun and engaging activities. We ensure that your child is given the opportunity to learn through high quality play experiences.

You can have a look here for what to expect from your child through their early development and up to the age of five.

If you are looking for the best childcare options in Peterborough, Apricot Nursery is well worth considering – so why not come and visit. We have an open door policy so you can come and have a look around with your little one at any time. Just let us know that you’re coming by calling us on 01733 390 969.

pre-school children tablet

Number of pre-school children with own tablet increases

New research has found that nearly half of three and four-year-olds have their own tablet device to use.

The research, conducted by Childwise, found that the majority of children this age are competent technology users and can open apps, adjust volume, turn devices on and off and take pictures.

One in three children under five has their own tablet, up from one in four last year. But as tablet use has increased, figures show that access to mobile phones has decreased as a result. The findings are based on interviews with over 1,000 parents of children aged between six months and four years.

“Pre-schoolers and their parents have rapidly adopted the tablet computer,” comments Jenny Ehren, Childwise research manager. “It has quickly emerged as a most-wanted device for children, even among the very young – and parents have encouraged this, considering tablets and the games and apps on them, a great way to keep small children entertained and provide a learning benefit.”

While many parents are comfortable with the amount of time their child spends watching video content each day, a significant number are less enthusiastic.

As the particular effects of early electronic usage have not yet been found, there is no reliable way of determining the impact on development in children who are using mobile devices regularly from a young age.

Whilst these devices can be a useful learning tool, it is beneficial to limit children’s reliance on them and only allow a set access period each day. Ideally, this time should be spent using educational apps instead of watching programmes, which is what they are currently most commonly used for.

For information about how our nursery in Orton Longueville, Peterborough can help you and your child, call us on 01733 390 969.

nursery to primary school

Stepping from nursery to primary school

Children may find the move from nursery to primary school one that is both exciting and daunting – the parents do too! However, a solid pre-school education can ensure a smooth transition for your child.

At any stage of anyone’s life, a change of environment can be unsettling – for a child it can be even more so. It is a critical time; children are expected to take on new learning experiences all whilst coping with new surroundings.

A well-managed move from nursery to primary school can settle children more easily and give them a head start in learning and development.

Researchers recently estimated that the UK’s 15 year olds would have been ranked higher on the PISA literacy test had they all experienced more than a year of pre-schooling. This claim is based on an analysis of the test scores and their correlation with the early educational experience of pupils in the UK.

Apricot Nursery curriculum

At Apricot Nursery we build a curriculum planned around your child’s interests and stage of development. These are observed and monitored on a regular basis. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework is designed to teach and educate your child through fun and engaging activities.

These activities help to make the educational gap between nursery and primary much smaller and eases the transition for the child. Here is what to expect of a child throughout the EYFS stages from birth to five years old.

If you want to give your child the best advantage in their education, come and have a look at our day nursery in Peterborough. We have an open door policy so you can come and have a look around with your little one at any time. Just let us know that you’re coming by calling us on 01733 390 969.

pre-school children with own tablet

Number of pre-school children with own tablet increases

New research has found that nearly half of three and four year olds have their own tablet device to use.

The research, conducted by Childwise, found that the majority of children this age are competent technology users and can open apps, adjust volume, turn devices on and off and take pictures.

One in three children under five has their own tablet, up from one in four last year. But as tablet use has increased, figures show that access to mobile phones has decreased as a result. The findings are based on interviews with over 1,000 parents of children aged between six months and four years.

“Pre-schoolers and their parents have rapidly adopted the tablet computer,” comments Jenny Ehren, Childwise research manager. “It has quickly emerged as a most-wanted device for children, even among the very young – and parents have encouraged this, considering tablets and the games and apps on them, a great way to keep small children entertained and provide a learning benefit.”

While many parents are comfortable with the amount of time their child spends watching video content each day, a significant number are less enthusiastic.

As the particular effects of early electronic usage have not yet been found, there is no reliable way of determining the impact on development in children who are using mobile devices regularly from a young age.

Whilst these devices can be a useful learning tool, it is beneficial to limit children’s reliance on them and only allow a set access period each day. Ideally, this time should be spent using educational apps instead of watching programmes, which is what they are currently most commonly used for.

For information about how our nursery in Peterborough can help you and your child, call us on 01733 390 969.

reading to children

Parents encouraged to share more reading experiences with children

As a toast to International Literacy Day, BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, has launched a campaign encouraging families to spend more time reading together.

The ‘Time to Read’ campaign was formed after research found that the typical family home has three children’s books but parents only manage to find time to read to their children just three times a week.

Reading to children

Parents are also noticing how little quality time they are spending with their little one, with two-thirds of parents worrying about a lack of family time. In today’s world there are many distractions; whether it be work, technology or social media, these are all playing a big part in us being in our own bubbles. But nine in ten parents want their families to have more quality time together and books can be the perfect answer.

“A lifetime love for reading is sparked by reading together; sharing the adventures on the pages is important not only in the nursery school years but right through childhood,” comments Nick Douglass, nursery manager at Peterborough based Apricot Nursery. “After a long day it can be great to relax with your little one and share the experience of a book, it is quality time as well as being educational.”

“We do plenty of reading with the children through nursery hours but it is important for parents to reinforce this – what’s better than a good bedtime story?”

So find just ten minutes a day to share a story with your child and brilliant things will happen.

Looking for a nursery in Peterborough?

At our Peterborough based nursery, we are committed to both the children and their families. We are passionate about providing the best environment for your child to learn and grow.

If you are interested in our nursery services for your child, call us today on 01733 390 969.

new childcare hours

Parents to work longer following new childcare hours

According to a recent survey by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), pre-school parents could start to increase the amount of time they spend at work when the Government introduces 30 hours of free childcare per week.

The plan is set to be piloted in parts of the UK during 2016. NDNA’s Free Childcare Survey 2015 is the first study of its kind to get the opinion of parents about the new 30 hour allowance. The study was carried out on Netmums, and revealed that as many as four in five families plan to make full use of the extended hours for children aged three to four.

More than 50% of survey participants revealed that they would look for more work to be eligible for the free childcare provision. On top of this, 75% of parents who are not currently in employment said they would consider looking for work.

Chief executive of NDNA, Purnima Tanuku, said: “The results show that the Government’s offer of more childcare hours is wanted and needed and already eagerly anticipated. The survey also suggests that reform will encourage more parents to work more hours, bringing the economic boost the Government wants.”

Information published by the Department for Education specifies that more than 1.3 million three and four year olds could be entitled to receive 30 hours of free childcare. The new provision could result in thousands of parents looking for extra work.

NDNA highlights the need for the nursery sector to receive support from the Government, in addition to improved funding and a consultation with childcare professionals in order to successfully provide 30 hours of free childcare.

The study of 1,000 parents and carers of children aged under five throughout the UK found that, 71% of families were already using day nurseries and more than 80% of families consisted of two working parents. Many of those surveyed said they would use their free time to work, whilst some said they would like to study to help them progress or further their careers.

Anne-Marie O’Leary, editor in chief of Netmums, said: “The proposed 30 free hours should – if properly funded – help make childcare more affordable for parents of three and four year olds, improve the choices UK parents have and ensure work pays for many more mums and dads.”

If you are looking for day nurseries and childcare in the Peterborough area, Apricot Nursery can help. Call us on 01733 390 969 for more information.

Pupil performance is boosted by pre-school education systems

Pupil performance is boosted by pre-school education systems

A new study has shown that the UK would rank much higher in the international pupil performance tables had a universal pre-school education system been established in the 1990’s.

Pupil performance is boosted by pre-school education systems

Researchers have estimated that the UK’s 15-year-olds would have been ranked higher on the PISA literacy test had they all experienced more than a year of pre-schooling. This claim is based on an analysis of the test scores and their correlation with the early educational experience of pupils in the UK.

The study shows that the benefit of pre-school provision is visible for all social groups, with children from the lowest socio-economic groups gaining the most from a universal pre-school scheme. Only 54% of those participants in the bottom socio-economic group had received pre-school education, in stark comparison with 73% in the most advantaged group.

The findings support the Government’s focus on extending pre-school provision. All three and four year olds are already entitled to 15 hours of free pre-school education for 38 weeks of the year.

For information about how our nursery in Peterborough can help you and your child, call us on 01733 390 969.