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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.

children sugar levels

Young children are exceeding daily sugar amounts

Children aged between four and ten are consuming twice as much sugar as recommended, a new survey has revealed.

The National Diet and Nutritional Survey, funded by Public Health England (PHE) and the UK Foods Standard Agency, found that children are also not eating enough fruit and vegetables, though consumption of red meat and saturated fats remain high.

Children sugar levels

According to the NHS, the maximum daily amount of added sugar should be as follows: five cubes for four to six-year-olds, six cubes for seven to ten-year-olds and seven cubes for children aged 11 and over. This is being regularly exceeded by young children and there are a number of government plans to lower levels of sugar intake and decrease childhood obesity.

“While it is encouraging that young children are having fewer sugary drinks, they still have far too much sugar in their diet overall,” comments DR Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE.

Peterborough nursery healthy food

At our Peterborough nursery, we love having happy, healthy children – we believe the quality of the food we provide is essential to this. That is why we only serve healthy, fresh and nutritious food to help your child with their learning and playing.

The data shows that we all need to eat more fruit, vegetables and fibre whilst cutting back on salt and sugar. Our chefs at Apricot Nursery are well aware of this and our experienced cooks use the freshest ingredients – even growing vegetables in our garden! We are proud to say that all of our food is freshly prepared on site. You can view one of our sample food menus here.

If you’re looking for childcare or day nurseries in Peterborough, find out more about how Apricot Nursery can help you and your child. Call us today on 01733 390 969 or pop in to have a look around.