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How to prepare your child for preschool

Wandsworth PreschoolGuest Post by Wandsworth Preschool.

It’s hard to think about your baby spreading their wings at such a young age and experiencing a world outside of the home, and it can be hard for a child to adjust to the change. There are a few steps you can take as a parent/carer that can make the transition less traumatic.

It’s important to make the preparation of preschool as fun as possible! Children shouldn’t feel that going to preschool is a chore, learning is enjoyable and its essential your child doesn’t feel that every trip is going to be educational.

Set some expectations of what your child can expect

The majority of children will feel anxious at the thought of starting preschool. You may feel tempted to address this by telling your child “school is always going to be fun, and you will enjoy every moment you are there” or “you don’t need to be scared everything will be fine,” try not to undermine your child’s anxiety and fears, instead give them information to of what they can expect, what they may be doing in class and who they might meet. Continue reading

The Gruffalo arrives in MK for 1st Birthday

The Gruffalo at Childcare HubThis weekend, The Childcare Hub in Milton Keynes, the home of nature-based play, run by Kids Play Nurseries, celebrated it’s 1st Birthday and The Gruffalo was there to host the party!

Over 100 Pre-Schoolers were on the Guest List and the event was packed full of giant sized Gruffalo fun. After meeting The Gruffalo, the children joined in with special Forest school activities, listened to Gruffalo stories, and had their faces painted with a finale being a themed birthday cake and special guest, The Gruffalo.

Sharon Elliott, Childcare Director said, “The Childcare Hub has been a fantastic venue over the last year, giving children a great opportunity to learn more about our natural world. The Gruffalo seemed the perfect guest to host our children’s party”.

The Childcare Hub is the home of nature-based play and opened to the public in July 2017. The newest venue for Kids Play Childcare, this site really is the beacon for their ethos of nature-based play. The Childcare Hub plays host to Forest School sessions for all MK nurseries, has natural resources for all ages of learning and a rooftop garden!  At the event, the children had the opportunity to wear their best Gruffalo fancy dress costumes.


The Childcare Hub incorporates a Nursery, Pre-School, After School Club and during School Holidays, Camp MK Activity Day Camps.

MK Parents Unaware of 30 hours Childcare Grant

30 Hours Childcare GrantA new eBook has been created by Kids Play Childcare following a recent Kids Play survey revealing huge confusion concerning the new 30 hour education grant for Pre-School children, starting on 1st September 2017.

Addressing the knowledge shortfall from the survey, the childcare group’s eBook outlines the eligibility criteria for 30 hours, accessing the 30 hours and the deadlines in place to register.

The feedback from nearly 200 parents with children 4 or under in the Milton Keynes and Bury St Edmunds area (where Kids Play Day Nurseries & Pre-Schools are located) and whilst 90% of their survey were aware of the grant, a staggering 51% didn’t know the eligibility criteria, 71% didn’t know there was a deadline for the September grant and 64% were unaware they needed to apply for it and how. Continue reading

Photography ‘experiment’ launches at London nursery aiming to bring families closer together

Parent's Photo in the Nursery

Parents are worried that long working hours are increasing separation anxiety – are photos in the nursery the answer?

Research from one of Europe’s leading photo printing specialists, Albelli, reveals a growing trend in the number of British parents (58%) using photos, webcams and Skype (and 9% are using CCTV) while their children are at nursery in the hope of staving off the feeling of missing out on their children’s development.

The poll, which surveyed 1000 British parents, found that 63% are increasingly concerned that long working hours are leading to increased separation anxiety for both parents and children.

When asked what the main reasons were for missing out on quality time with their children, work commitments triumphed (59%), while 1 in 10 (11%) attributed it to smartphone addiction Continue reading

A Natural Education – How Forest Schools help children to develop

By Nicola Valentino, Akeley Wood School

Playing out until sundown in the fields and woods surrounding home is unlikely to be something that small akeley-2children get to enjoy too much in today’s fast paced, safety conscious society. Weekend clubs and events can take up such a large part of a small child’s diary that interacting with nature can sometimes fall to second place.

The introduction of a Forest School, a facility that sits on site at school, can help to bridge the gap by bringing outdoor learning, resilience and self-esteem development into the school day. Continue reading