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3 Decoration Tips for your Baby’s Nursery

Baby nursery decoration

Framed prints and photographs are a great way to align the baby nursery with the rest of your interior style.

If you’re about to welcome a new member of your family, you’re probably in the process of setting up the baby’s nursery room. Depending on the size of your nursery, it might take a lot of creativity to decorate it. But even if you’re dealing with a baby nursery which is the size of a suburban closet, it doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to make it cosy and pleasant. Here are 3 decoration tips for a baby nursery:

  1. Make it artsy

Framed prints and photographs are one of the best ways to align the baby nursery with the rest of your interior style. And if you choose styles that aren’t particularly babyish, you will be able to rotate your artwork or framed photographs around the house, exchanging it with visual delights from your bedroom and living room. Artwork will add a sense of style to space and ensure that your nursery feels personal. Continue reading

Making Your Blinds Child Safe

Blinds By PostGuest post by Stephanie Hudson from Blinds By Post.

It is important that everyone is aware of the dangers within our homes, especially when it comes to ensuring our children’s safety. Window cords are often a dangerous hazard for children in your home, as they are either long or end in a loop. This meaning, that within just a few seconds, your baby or toddler could end up wrapping themselves in it and causing them self some severe harm.

Quick Ideas To Make Your Blinds Safer:

  • Install Safety Devices
  • Decrease The Chance Of Temptation
  • Cut The Loop Out Of The Cord
  • Tuck Cords Out Of Sight & Reach (Temporary Fix)

Ensuring Your Blinds Are Significantly Safer

Rest assured there are a huge number of ways to improve the safety of all the blinds within your home. Not only this but, wherever your child may go too, such as their grandparents or any holiday homes you may have.

Something can is simple and easy, as well as being able to be completed straight away is tucking up the cords in a high place. This removing the ability for your child to reach it, even if they were to stand on something to raise their height.With a loop cord acting almost like a noose if your child was to end up falling with it wrapped around their neck. 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.

‘What if they need help?” Supporting your child with the transition to a new setting

Using a range of simple strategies will help starting a new nursery or pre-school as stress free a time as possible.

Using a range of simple strategies will help starting a new nursery or pre-school as stress free a time as possible.

Written by Mandy Grist, a Speech and Language Advisor at I CAN, Children’s communication charity.

When our little ones start at nursery or pre-school it’s a time of mixed emotions. We often feel excitement at this new phase of their journey, but this is often also accompanied by anxiety that they’re out there on their own, reliant on their own communication skills to get them through the day.

Many of us will find ourselves asking questions … ‘will they make friends?’, ‘will people be able to understand what they’re saying?’, ‘will they be able to ask for things like a snack or going to the toilet?’ and ‘how will they be able to tell me what they’ve done all day?’. This is even more the case for parents of children who struggle with their communication skills.

There is however a range of strategies that can be helpful in preparing both parents and children with transitions and can help ensure that any child, including those who struggle with their communication, can make the transition successfully. You might like to: 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

Separation Anxiety: How to help your child (and you!) let go and enjoy nursery

separation anxiety

It isn’t just babies and toddlers who experience separation anxiety – letting go can be difficult for parents too.

With summer becoming a distant memory and the new school year now begun, children all over the country have started nursery or pre-school for the first time – and it’s not just babies and toddlers that are feeling the pinch of separation anxiety.

We all know that separation anxiety is a normal stage of children’s development yet it’s not always an easy time for them or for us.


Helping your child

Knowing that you’re helping your child through this stage can help your own feelings of unease and worry. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Stay calm and be reassuring.
  2. Keep it light – if seeing your child upset is affecting you, don’t let it show. Children are very attuned to their parents’ emotions so do your best to remain cheerful and reassuring.
  3. Give your child something special that belongs to you or his favourite cuddly toy to keep him company.
  4. Find something to motivate and distract your child
  5. Don’t linger. When you leave, leave.
  6. Organise play dates to strengthen your child’s bond with particular children. Looking forward to playing with friends can do wonders to reduce anxiety.
  7. Give your child time to learn and adapt.

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