The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the United States has produced new guidance that states that babies should be given peanuts early – even at four months old – in order to reduce the risk of allergy. The guidance also states that children with other allergies or severe eczema should start on peanut containing foods between four and six month old (with medical supervision).
The full guidance document is available here.
You might have heard of the terms planning and observations, but what do they mean in the context of a nursery?
Here at Flying Colours nursery we are always coming up with new and exciting activities to help the development of our children. To achieve the best possible outcome for every child, we go through a planning process designed to develop new skills and build confidence.
When we first meet a child, we get to know their interests. If a child is particularly interested in dinosaurs, we plan relevant activities so the child's natural curiosity helps them learn and grow. Every member of staff creates a weekly plan containing three to four activities each day. This will be planned with age, ability and interests in mind. Each activity should have an objective, for example, ‘to learn to respect others’. While doing the activity, the staff will take notes on what the child is doing, how they are reacting and what next steps can be taken to further the child's knowledge. For significant moments, next steps will be documented in an observation.
Observations let staff and parents know how a child is progressing. They will include; a link to the curriculum, if the child achieved the aim or how well they took part in the activity and any any next steps. Everyone has different strengths, and we take this into consideration when planning our activities for the different abilities and ages. Ensuring a wide range of different activities allows children to build important life skills and develop their emotional intelligence.
A well planned activity allows children to progress, build relationships and gives them the freedom to express themselves through play. By observing their behaviour, practitioners can continue to support children to develop into confident individuals.