Categories Archives: Early Years

How to manage children swearing

Posted by iChild, May 08, 2019 11:10 AM
Article Excerpt Image Blogger, "Next Best Thing to Mummy", worked as a childminder for 14 years, until ill health forced her to give up. She's been employed as a preschool develoment worker and by the children's centre as a support childminder. Here she shares her advice on dealing with children swearing.

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Teaching children about stranger danger

Posted by iChild, March 27, 2019 9:25 AM
Article Excerpt Image Blogger, "Next Best Thing to Mummy", worked as a childminder for 14 years, until ill health forced her to give up. She's been employed as a preschool develoment worker and by the children's centre as a support childminder. Here she shares her advice on teaching about stranger danger. (She has also talked about this topic on her own blog.)

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MIFFY: The sweet little bunny hops onto the iChild website

Posted by iChild, March 06, 2019 2:44 PM
Article Excerpt Image iChild is delighted that Miffy has hopped onto our website. Miffy's resources are perfect for nurseries to use in their baby, toddler and preschool rooms, childminders will also find them useful – and we know parents will love them! This blog offers an insight to Miffy's history.

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Five ideas for making a Treasure Basket

Posted by iChild, January 09, 2019 9:07 AM
Article Excerpt Image Blogger, Pears and Chocolate Sauce, is a full-time Mum and part-time primary school teacher, specialising in music. In this post, she shares her experience in creating this lovely gift for little ones.

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How children learn to write

Posted by iChild, November 21, 2018 9:40 AM
Article Excerpt Image Blogger, "Next Best Thing to Mummy" is a mum, stepmum and grandparent. She worked as a childminder for 14 years, until ill health forced her to give up. She has worked as a preschool development worker and as a support childminder at the children's centre. Here she shares her personal experience of watching children's writing skills develop.

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Should children do household chores?

Posted by iChild, September 26, 2018 2:50 PM
Article Excerpt Image Blogger, "The Next Best Thing to Mummy" is a mum, stepmum and grandparent, who worked as a childminder for 14 years, until ill health forced her to give up. She has been employed as a preschool development worker and by the children’s centre as a support childminder. Here she shares her experience on encouraging her children to share in household chores.

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Ten tips for feeding a fussy eater

Posted by iChild, July 11, 2018 10:30 AM
Article Excerpt Image By Clare Maher. Clare is a mum of two children, aged six and three, and has been an Ofsted registered childminder since 2012. So she has plenty of experience encouraging fussy children to eat! In this article, she shares this experience, with ten great tips to help us with difficult eaters - and keep calm at the same time!

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Looking after boys and girls

Posted by iChild, March 28, 2018 4:18 PM
Article Excerpt Image Blogger, "The Next Best Thing to Mummy" is a mum, stepmum and grandparent, who worked as a childminder for 14 years, until ill health forced her to give up. She has been employed as a preschool development worker and by the children’s centre as a support childminder. Here she talks about her belief in treating boys and girls equally.

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Being a childminder

Posted by iChild, February 28, 2018 11:51 AM
Article Excerpt Image Blogger, "The Next Best Thing to Mummy" is a mum, stepmum and grandparent, who worked as a childminder for 14 years, until ill health forced her to give up. She has been employed as a preschool development worker and by the children’s centre as a support childminder. Here she tells us about becoming a childminder - and why she loved it!

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Enjoying Halloween & Bonfire Night with Young Children

Posted by iChild, October 25, 2017 11:40 AM
Article Excerpt Image By Clare Maher. Clare is a mum of two children, aged two and five, and has been an Ofsted registered childminder since 2013. Here she offers some great suggestions on keeping children safe and happy on Halloween and Bonfire Night.

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