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Dec
12

The Benefits of Dough

Have you ever wondered why dough is always available at Woodlands? Probably not, but I'm going to tell you why anyway.   Dough is a staple activity at Woodlands and we have a fresh batch out everyday. Children love the sensory tactile feedback they get from dough. For some children, squeezing and manipulating the dough can be ca...

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Dec
11

Sun Safety

Whilst we recognise that some sun is good for us, over-exposure to Ultraviolet Radiation (UVR) is an important health issue. During the warmer months of the year, children are exposed to UVR from the sun, often when penetration is at its strongest (between 11am and 3pm). Without adequate protection, a child's delicate skin can easily burn, cau...

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Dec
11

Promoting physical activity

Active children are healthy, happy, school ready and sleep better. Every movement counts! It's important that we keep our children active in order to support a healthy lifestyle. Children of pre-school age should be active for around three hours per day. This can be spread out throughout the day and works out to be around 10-15 minutes every hour. ...

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Dec
11

What makes a healthy packed lunch?

As a nation there are more and more children who are obese. More than one in five children are obese by the time they start school at the age of 5 years old. At Woodlands Pre-school we would like to encourage our children and families to have a healthy and varied lunch. To support children to eat healthy lunches, we ask parents to not put...

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Dec
11

Our Planning Method Explained

'We do not plan ahead, rather we remain 'in the moment' with the children as they explore and learn. We observe carefully, and enhance the learning whenever we spot a 'teachable moment'. Our observations, interactions and the outcomes are recorded afterwards.'(The Nursery Year in Action – Anna Ephgrave). Child-initiated learning in the early years ...

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Dec
08

The impact of Dummies in Early Childhood Development

Did you know?* Dummies date back to 1,000 BC, having been found in Cypriot and Roman graves of that period.*In 1901, Christian W Meinecke designed the first dummies made of Indian rubber with the disk-shaped shield we recognise today.Dummies certainly have their uses in the first year of life. They provide comfort and reassurance to young babies. H...

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Nov
17

Internet Safety advice

Children can sometimes be heard discussing, playing or re-enacting content they have seen on YouTube or games such as Roblox. We urge parents to be fully aware of what children are accessing when using the internet by supervising your children at all times when using internet devices. Children quite often tell us their older siblings watch it and t...

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Nov
17

Toilet Training

1) Get your child involved with changing their nappies. Change them standing up, get them to help with their clothing and wash your hands together when you've finished. 2) Talk about wee and poo. Tell them if their nappy is wet or dry when you change them and talk about the wee or poo inside. 3) Keep the nappies in the toilet and change y...

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Nov
17

Bedtime

A good bedtime routine is essential to helping your child thrive. Sleep helps children with their mental, physical, social and emotional development. Sleep helps our brains to sort through all the important information and experiences we have had. For children, who are learning so much, it's vital they get adequate sleep for this.  How mu...

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Nov
17

Oral Health

Oral health is an integral part of children's overall health; when children are not healthy, this affects their ability to learn, thrive and develop. Good oral health can contribute to school readiness. Poor oral health impacts children and families' health and wellbeing. National guidance: Child oral health: applying All Our Health - GOV.UK (www.g...

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The Woodands Pre-School
Church Street 
Clifton 
Bedfordshire 
SG17 5ES

Phone number (term-time only) 01462 811486