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Happy Newsletter Some positive news

Hello to all Dee's Childcare families

From all the staff, here at Dee's Childcare, we would like to say a warm hello. We miss our work, our daily interactions and most of all, we miss the children.

This newsletter is our way to keep in touch with you and brighten your days a little bit.

You might be bombarded with news about the current situation and as stressful as that can be, we thought we could try and bring some positivity in your day. So here is the Happy Newsletter, full of happy and positive news, ideas and a very exciting contest. Make sure you share this newsletter with the children, it's got something for every age. And if anything makes you smile, our aim is complete.

Decima has joined TouchNote and is intending to send each family a picture a week through this amazing service in the hope to keep strengthening our relationships under the motto keeping close even though apart.

Happy News Around The World

Make your own Rainbow

Colour, paint, cut and stick, print...the options are endless

Create a rainbow and stick it on your windows, to spread this beautiful message:

"After every storm, comes a rainbow!"

This activity is suitable to all ages: Caterpillars could use paints, we all know, the messier the better.

Cocoons could be challenged to cut out pieces of coloured paper and stick them in the rainbow pattern.

While the Butterflies could do some beautiful colouring.

Share your rainbows with Dee's Childcare once you do them

We'd love to see them on our Parents Forum WhatsApp Group.

Daily Walk- Scavenger Hunt

As per government guidance, we are allowed to go out for a daily walk/form or exercise. Please make sure you follow the rules.

Fresh air and a bit of sunshine can make the difference to our day.

If you do go out for a walk, make the most of it and turn it into a scavenger hunt.

You could try and spot rainbows in windowsills or create a list of things to find. Don't overthink, it could be as simple as : a stick, a leaf, a dog, a car and so on.

For the younger children you could draw simple representations of the things they need to find and for the older ones you could add some extra elements such as describing the items and let them use their imaginations.

It's really a piece of paper with some small challenges that could make a walk so much more interesting and make you forget about everything else.

Indoor Activities

"I'm bored" might be something you hear often these days from the children.

Without putting to much pressure on yourself, having a routine might help you and your children get through the day with a sense of accomplishment.

At the same time, don't be too stressed about them being bored. Let them be. You'll see that in minutes they will find something to do/play independently.

Here are some fun ideas you could try and incorporate in your daily routine:

P.E. with Joe, every morning Monday-Friday live on You Tube at 9.00am

He does really fun, energising 20 minutes P.E. sessions and all the family can get involved. Plus is for a good cause- he is donating all the revenue to the NHS. He announced on Monday, 20th April, that a total amount of £91,256.38 was raised from the 20 workouts he's done so far.

Cosmic Kids Yoga with Jaime is a You Tube Channel that turns stories and movies into yoga sessions. So while your children will be listening to a story, they will be relaxing and doing some yoga moves along Jaime. It's brilliant!

BBC Bite Size is an invaluable resource you can easily access for school work. It's very simple and it's got lessons for every age and stage.Beginning Monday 20th April, BBC Bite Size announced they will publish daily online lessons, have a new dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and loads of educational videos on iPlayer.

101 Videos on the National Geographic You Tube Channel- 5 minute short educational videos on different subjects ranging from rockets, dinasours, volcanoes to solar systems, wild animals and tornadoes.

Audible stories- Amazon announced that they cancelled the subscription fee of books and audio stories for children and students of all ages. Kids can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

Lingotot Online Classes with Sarah- there are classes everyday for all ages and stages in French, Spanish and German. Do have a look on her website and give it a try.

Be kind to yourself

Let's talk about the elephant in the room...yep, the big bad virus that has turned our lives upside down. There's no hiding, we are living some very difficult times. But, try to look at the positives too. The biggest one being able to spend so much time with your children. The mantra here, is, do not put too much pressure on yourself. Homeschooling can be overwhelming but remember, life skills are as important as school work. Turn a baking session into a maths lesson, with measuring quantities, counting and filling/emptying containers. Add a little science...explain how baking powder works.Let the children taste the safe ingredients and describe the taste. Learning can be done as you go about your daily life so don't feel guilty if you haven't sat down to do worksheets.

As much as you try your best with your chidren, it's equally important to look after yourself. So if you feel a bit sad and anxious, take five minutes. It's okay to feel all these emotions, acknowledge them and try these tips to relax yourself

Managing anxiety in children during coronavirus

Dr. Shruti Nathwani is a paediatrician in an NHS hospital and has some wonderful tips on her Instagram account @thechildrensmedic about how to manage anxiety in children. Here's her advice:

  1. Structure: with nurseries and schools being closed it may be difficult to keep to routine. Children thrive off routine as it gives them a sense of stability and security.Try to create your own flexible ROUTINE with a degree of consistency. Most importantly slow down and set goals that are appropriate for your family environment.
  2. Talk: Keep the floor open for discussion. Explain what's going on on THEIR LEVEL and be as open and honest as possible. Tell your child as much as you think they need to know without worrying them further.Check in and ask about feelings. Reassure your child that is okay to be worried, anxious or scared.Talk about ways to help your child feel calm. Reflect on the situation and talk about the future.
  3. Exercise: Family exercise time is a positive bonding experience. Give your child the option to decide what activity they would like to do. Exercise is also great to expel energy that could otherwise be spent worrying. Fresh air lifts our mood and helps clear our minds.
  4. Choice: As much as children need routine they also desire options. Positive play ideas include painting, reading and cooking. Get them involved in meal times and deciding what to cook and eat.
  5. Sleep: Poor sleep can increase anxiety. Children benefit from positive sleep habits including winding down before bedtime with a similar routine each night. This could include a bath and bedtime story. Try and stick to their usual bedtime and wake up times so that they are obtaining a sufficient amount of sleep.
  6. Positivity: Try and keep the environment at home as positive as possible and model calmness. If you're struggling as a parent please seek help and use pointers above for yourself. Children feed off an environment and can sense heightened emotions. Try and stay connected and social by scheduling in calls with family members and friends.

Gratitude Jar

Build on the previous tips by introducing a quick but effective activity into your daily routine...a gratitude jar. Make it your mission to sit down with your children and reflect on your day. Then everyone can write on a piece of paper what they are grateful for that day. Encourage some language development by starting with: Today I'm thankful for....I really appreciate...I felt joyful today when....My favourite part was...Today I show my gratitude by....

Here is an example

If you like, you could change the jar around and make it into what things will you do as a family after the lockdown: places you'll visit, favourite restaurants, holidays...

Or you could try this exercise

Green fingers

You all know how the allotment is our happy place. Springtime is very busy for us at the allotment. The children had started some seedlings in the greenhouse previous to the lockdown and auntie Decima has managed to plant them out and look after the allotment as much as she is allowed to. But it misses the vivacity of the children and will definitely look different than the years before.

This is how the allotment looks at the moment.

To keep our spirits up and still get the children involved in the gardening side of the allotment, I invite you all to plant some seeds at home, look after them and once able, bring them to the nursery and we'll plant them in the allotment.

Don't stress if you don't have shop bought seeds, look in your cupboards, fridge or pantry. If you have dried beans, they are great and very easy to look after. Peppers, tomatoes, butternut squashes have plenty of seeds once you cut them open.

Similarly, if you don't have pots, use things from around the house to plant the seeds in: a plastic cup, empty egg shells, an empty can...but make sure to put some holes in the bottom of the can to help drainage.

This can also be a great science project for your children and will help them take responsibility looking after their plants.

Baking and cooking

Always a favourite activity in the setting, we suggest you to give it a try. Here's a few simple recipes you could make:

Banana Bread @ Jamie Oliver

  • Ingredients
  • olive oil
  • 250 g self-raising flour , plus extra for dusting
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons fresh apple juice
  • 125 g unsalted butter , (at room temperature)
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons runny honey
  • OPTIONAL:
  • 50 g pecans
  • Method
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4.
  • Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a 1-litre loaf tin with olive oil.
  • Dust the sides of the tin lightly with flour, then tap to get rid of any excess.
  • Peel and add the bananas to a mixing bowl.
  • Using a fork, mash the bananas so you’ve got a mixture of smooth and chunky, then put aside.
  • Add the apple juice and stir to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the butter with a wooden spoon until creamy.
  • Crack in the eggs one at a time, beating each one in well before adding the next. It might look a little lumpy at this stage, but it will come back together.
  • Fold in the flour, cinnamon, honey and banana mixture, taking care not to over mix.
  • Roughly chop the pecans on a chopping board, if using, then fold through the mixture.
  • Spoon into the loaf tin, then bake in the hot oven for around 40 minutes, or until golden and cooked through.
  • To check if it’s done, stick a cocktail stick or skewer into the middle of the loaf, remove it after 5 seconds and if it comes out clean the loaf’s cooked; if it’s slightly sticky it needs a bit longer.
  • Allow the loaf to cool slightly, then carefully turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Transfer to a nice plate, cut into slices, then serve.
  • Tips
  • This works best with super-ripe bananas, so use up any that you’ve got at home.

Fruity Homemade Ice Lollies

Blend whatever fruits you have in a smoothie type of texture and use ice lolly moulds to freeze them in. You can get as creative as you wish: add yogurt, fruit juice, put bits of fruits in...enjoy

Spaghetti with meatballs and hidden veg sauce @ BBC Good Food

  • Ingredients
  • For the meatballs
  • 300g good quality pork sausage (about 4 large or 8 chipolatas)
  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 1 small onion, coarsely grated
  • 1 carrot, finely grated
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 50g parmesan, finely grated, plus extra to serve
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • For the tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 courgette
  • , coarsely grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • pinch caster sugar
  • splash red wine vinegar
  • 2x 400g tins chopped tomato
  • To serve
  • cooked spaghetti
  • Method
  • Children: Squeeze all the sausage meat out of the sausage skins into a large bowl and add the mince. Tip all the rest of the meatball ingredients, except the olive oil, into the bowl and season with black pepper then squish everything together through your hands until completely mixed. Keep an eye on younger children to make sure they don’t taste any of the raw mix.
  • Children: Roll the meatball mix into walnut-sized balls and place them on a plate – this is a job children as young as 2 can help with and a great job to help teach older children basic division.
  • Grown ups: While the children are rolling the meatballs make the sauce. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the courgette and garlic and cook for 5 mins until soft and mushy. Stir in the tomato puree, sugar and vinegar leave for 1 min then tip in the tomatoes and simmer for 5 mins. If your children like courgettes then you can leave the sauce chunky. But if, like mine, they hate courgettes then blitz the sauce with a hand blender – either way continue to simmer sauce gently while you cook the meatballs. If your child is confident with heat, from 7+ they can cook the sauce with supervision.
  • Grown ups: Heat the oil in a large frying pan and, working in batches, brown the meatballs on all sides then pop them into the sauce – continue to simmer the sauce for 15 mins, stirring very gently until the meatballs are cooked through. Serve with cooked spaghetti, extra grated Parmesan and a few torn basil leaves your child has picked and torn.

Leek and potato soup @ Dee's Childcare recipe

  • Ingredients
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • leeks, sliced
  • potatoes, cubed
  • olive oil
  • 1l vegetable stock
  • 100ml crème fraîche
  • Method
  • put the olive oil in a large deep saucepan and fry chopped onions over a medium-low heat until softened.
  • add 2 crushed garlic cloves and stir for 1 min before adding the sliced leeks
  • Simmer for 5-10 mins until the onions and leeks are very soft
  • add the potatoes and the 1l vegetable stock and boil until soft
  • use a hand blender to process until smooth.
  • stir in crème fraîche and reheat until hot.
  • Serve with buttered french bread slices

Guide to entertaining young minds

You all know how important Baby's Days is for our business and especially now, it's a great way to keep in touch. Even more important that you, parents, keep logging in and uploading your children's observations, pictures so that we can keep updating their learning journeys.

Baby's Days App

The easiest way is to download the app and upload photos straight from your phone as you take them. Same for observations, when you see your child achieving something, log in the app and tell us.

Competition time #Dee'sChildcareInspired

To enter the competition, please submit a #Dee'sChildcareInspired activity you have done with your children during the lockdown. It can be anything that you took away from the daily routine of your child's time in the setting, or an activity suggested in this newsletter. School children are welcome to submit a creative story or a page of their journal with things they did during a day in lockdown.

Rules:

  1. The entry needs to have pictures and text showing and describing the activity.
  2. Use #Dee'sChildcareInspired in the text
  3. Submit by the 31st of May 2020 @ email info@deeschildcare.co.uk

After the 31st of May, the staff @ Dee's Childcare will vote and choose three winners.We have the most exciting prizes :

  • 1st Place: Family Cinema Tickets Voucher
  • 2nd Place: 1 Free Childcare Session
  • 3rdPlace: Arts & Crafts Basket

After the competition is closed and the winners are announced, Dee's Childcare will endeavor to collate all entries into a magazine type of print and share it with all families. It will be a nice memory to have over the years to look back on how we kept our children busy and happy during the lockdown due to the Coronavirus.

Please please please, do your best effort to participate and let's have some fun together!

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