Posts Tagged ‘childcare’

The dreaded nursery phone call

| Observations and chat, Parenting

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As a working parent, there’s one thing I always dread after sending N off to nursery.  Biting?  Fighting?  Bad language?  Inappropriate actions that his dad’s taught him? Nope.  It’s the dreaded nursery phone call with their name flashing out on the phone display.  My heart always sinks as you never know what the problem is. This […] Read more…


Babysitting circles

| Family life, Hints & Tips, Observations and chat

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So, babysitting circles. Does anyone still have them in their area? What are they, I hear you ask? When we were kids, we lived on a commuter village housing estate full of families with school age children. It was a really friendly place to live, everyone seemed to know everyone else and there were lots […] Read more…


Mud kitchens

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Nursery have a new feature…a mud kitchen. I used to think N was bad with sand, but at least that was dust-able off (and even when he mixed it with water, it wasn’t too awful on the washing front). But the mud kitchen…. He arrived at nursery in neat and tidy red, white and blue […] Read more…

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Positive thoughts

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I’ve just realised how easy it is to jinx good thoughts. People usually say I’m a bit of a moaner and that I can be negative.  However, I like to think I’m a realist.   My theory is that if you can point out what could go wrong, things can only get better.  Well, that’s the […] Read more…



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N was so cute today. He loves going to play at his youngest cousin’s on the days he goes there (not entirely sure he’s going to cope once the cousin starts school in September), and today was one of those days. I’ve not been well so worked from home this morning…all fine, except I’d forgotten […] Read more…

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Childcare blocks

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I find it insane the way red-tape often stops something worthwhile happening, that is something that is going to impact the community positively.  And ultimately could help business and economics.  Politicians have been agreeing to increase staff to child ratios for younger children in the hope of reducing the cost of childcare and making staff […] Read more…

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Childcare Gurus

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The BBC magazine website yesterday had an article about six childcare gurus who changed parenting.  It was an interesting read, and although I hadn’t heard of the earlier people (pre-Penelope Leach), I’d heard of the ideas behind some earlier parenting in comparison to those more latterly. Nowadays, where there’s so much more talk around child-led […] Read more…


New job

| Lifestyle, Observations and chat

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After finishing my last job, I had the luxury of some time off job hunting.  Toss up between big commute again (lots of available great jobs, mostly further than previously) and trying to find something closer to home (unlikely in my current industry). And of course having a child is what puts the spanner in […] Read more…

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