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Enjoying the Great Outdoors

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Research shows that children who play outdoors develop better language skills, experience better health and have fewer behavioural problems.  That’s why it’s a great idea to encourage children to play outside even when the colder winter weather kicks in. Sadly, many children are now kept indoors as parents have increasing concerns about the danger of strangers and traffic on the roads. So the best thing to do is for the whole family to head wrap up in winter warmers and head outside together, at least while the children are young. It’s healthy and fun for everyone! Some children can be...

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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Toys for Toddlers

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Toddlers are able to learn by doing, repetition and plenty of practice. Playing is the perfect way to allow your child pick up vital skills in all areas of life from social skills to fine motor skills. With so many toys out there on the market you may be tempted to buy everything and everything which is not only expensive it can lead to storage problems in the home. We have a few tips for you to help you buy the right toys and make sure every purchase counts. Look for toys that grow with your child so they will...

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Tips for Parents of Toddlers

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Toddlers are energetic, a lot of fun yet they can be very complex. As a parent you can find yourself in fits of laughter, bursting with pride or feeling uncertain about what steps to take next. While there is no handbook for children, and all toddlers are different, there are a few tips that are useful for all parents who have a joyful toddler on their hands.

  • Be careful what you say while your toddler is around. Little ones pick up on all different parts of your conversations, even when you think they aren’t paying attention. Sometimes toddlers will repeat what you have said at the least appropriate moment – so do think if it’s the right time to have the conversation or if it would be better to speak about it later when little ears aren’t listening.
 

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Let's Pretend with Golden Bear

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The imagination is a wonderful thing. When a child starts to use their imagination they are developing their learning and life skills. There are many different lessons for toddlers to learn through pretend play including: Empathy – Your toddler is pretending to be someone else, putting themselves in someone else’s shoes. They might be pretending to be a fireman, a doctor or nurse, a parent or a character from the TV. When pretending your child is learning to think, act and feel the way someone else might – an important social skill. Language – Talking to toys is strengthening the...

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Support Learning Through Play with My 1st JCB

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  Children in Nottingham are falling behind the expected level of development according to a report in This is Nottingham. The Department for Education released its yearly figures that showed the national average that five year olds reach the desired level of learning across all levels stands at 64%. In Nottingham only 58% reach the level that they are expected to be at, meaning two in five children are failing to hit their targets. Children were given tests during Summer 2011 in areas including communication, language and literacy, understanding and worldly knowledge, physical development, and emotional and social development.  The...

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