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Change in the Law

I got sent this today on email and I knew changes where being made but I didn���t completely understand them. So I have used the email that I was sent this morning and copied it as I believe it is very important for all you guys out there. Original article can be found at:

http://www.ebay.com/gds/Booster-Seats-and-the-Law-EVERYTHING-You-Need-to-Know-/10000000213088859/g.html?roken2=ta.pTmV0bXVtcw==

We worry endlessly about our baby���s first car seat, but once our children reach school age, we tend to relax. But did you know that your child has to travel in a car seat until they���re around 135cm tall (around 12 years old)? Until now, it���s been common practice to use backless booster seats for older children, but new stricter laws are coming into force later this year, which mean that their use is going to be more restricted in the future. At present, children as young as three (or weighing 15kg) can use them, but following the change in legislation, no one measuring under 125cm or 22kg will be allowed to travel sitting in one.

What���s Wrong with Using a Backless Booster Seat?

Lots of us have bought a booster seat for the Group 2/3 stage (when your child is between 4 and 12) instead of a more robust, full-sized car seat that has a proper, supportive back. Backless booster seats are light and convenient. Some fold into useful backpacks, or are even inflatable, making them ideal for taking on holiday. But they���re simply not as safe as models that have a back. Studies have shown that backless booster seats offer little protection if an accident occurs, especially as 25% of accidents involve cars being hit from the side. Industry safety experts have long been campaigning for them to be banned. Which? child car seat expert, Lisa Galliers, says, 'A decent high-backed booster seat provides better protection in a front crash, as they're designed to guide the adult seat-belt across the child's body properly, and our crash tests prove they offer much more protection in a side-impact crash than a backless booster seat alone.'

So, How���s the Law Changing?

The new legislation, announced last month, says that from December 2016, children who are less than 125cm in height (roughly around age six) won���t be able to travel by car in a backless booster seat. So, once they���ve grown out of their Group 1 seat at around age four, parents should now think about buying a Group 2/3 high-backed car seat instead, which can be used all the way until age 12, ideally. There is a small snag though. The new legislation only applies to models that appear on the market AFTER December 2016, so if you already own a backless booster, or buy a model that���s already in the shops, using it is still within the law. The new law is a step in the right direction, however, and will force manufacturers to re-target the age range of new booster seats to an older age group. It will also hopefully highlight the pitfalls of using them, so parents can make a more considered choice. Cost might be an issue for some parents, but, bearing in mind that high-backed seats with side-impact protection for children aged four to 12 can be found brand new for as little as ��50, this seems like a small price to pay for greater peace of mind.

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Fun Day at Happy Bunnies

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I am such an excited Mummy, coming soon to our nursery is our annual fun day.

We have decided to branch out a little this time and invite special guest and interests.

So Mummy is super excited manager is thinking OMG I have so much to do. When I returned back from maternity leave in June I was approached by a Mummy about a book she was doing. I was very interested as it was all about recording pregnancy and first year which would be so nice to have. There has been a steady increase in the number of babies coming to the setting what a nice idea to have running along side.

So here we are we have a date 27/8/16 sounds ages away right;n however in real terms its just a few weeks away again OMG!

Mummy Manager needs to get herself in gear and get organising. So we are fund raising for Jenni and Pete again more details have a look on their go fund me page https://www.gofundme.com/eygs78ds

The idea is that we have lots of interesting things going on as per usual with a theme of cars for those interested. So we have book the fast and furious car, we are trying to get other cars here (can���t tell you till we get them but the children will love it) and we are looking at having some service vehicles here like fire engine. We will confirm once we have the details.

Then for the expectant mothers we have a hypnobirthing practitioner here to talk to you about alternative birthing methods. https://www.facebook.com/barbara.sealhansen 

And of course the Mummy who is doing the book launch. (This is her event post)

  https://www.facebook.com/events/240164493049197/ 

Mummy: So can I come along?

Manager: Everyone is welcome to come along, we will have lots to do for all. we will be starting at 10 am and going on until 2pm

Mummy: What does it cost?

Manager: The event itself is free, you can do different things which may have a cost (not everything will cost) and there will be refreshment and food to purchase on the day.

Mummy: Where are you having it?

Manager: It will be at the nursery held within the grounds. Some things will be inside and other things outside.

Mummy: Can you give me an idea of things that might happen.

Manager: We are going to have our Daddy Bake off as that was a huge success last year (car themed this time ) and a Mummy car wash race. Bouncy castles, stalls, crafts and many more.

If you want to know any more just ask we are here.

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Media and the effects on the children and the setting

I don���t know about you but I a feeling a little concerned at the state of the situation out there at the moment. Every time I look at the news something else is happening and to be frank it scares me, so this got me thinking about the effect its having on my children and all the children in the setting. There are as with everything that consumes my life at the moment 2 approaches Mummy approach and the Manager approach.

I am going to take the Manager approach first. This is to be prepared for everything, risk assess, plan, train and open communication where possible.

Risk assessment: So when the setting completes a risk assessment on anything we do a simple calculation. likeliness of happening x impact if happened = Risk level. These are all calculated in threes, 1 being not likely or no serious impact and 3 being very likely and serious impact. For example: The latch in the garden hurting a child or not working therefore meaning they could hurt themselves. We have calculated this as 1 (not likely to happen as its maintained) and 1(little or no effect on the child as its out of reach and always staffed) so this would be 1×1=1 leaving the risk as improbable. We would still include this on our quarterly checks but it wouldn���t need an action plan in place and be monitored every day. A higher risk is the blinds in the rooms, so these are 2 (could be a risk if the children were allowed to sleep or play near the blinds) and 3 (serious injury could happen should a child get caught in the blinds) so 2 x 3 = 6 this is a high risk and needs to be monitored daily. There should be a check done on this daily to ensure that the risk is minimised as much as possible and where possible a strategy put in place to remove the risk all together at some point. Ok so you know how we risk assess lets do it together for the chances of the nursery being targeted in an attack (that is what we all worry about) so we are situated in a built up area away from train stations and shopping centres. The number of people in the area isn���t high but i would call it medium. We are not a national icon or anywhere where media may focus on necessary. So personally I would say that although its could happen its unlikely so I would give it a 1. The effect however if it did happen is huge so I don���t want to go into details just straight 3. 1×3=3 therefore its a medium risk and needs monitoring monthly. So onto the next part. Plan: When you have any risk, once its been identified you need to do what you can to reduce the risk. So as a setting we have several plans in place should we ever need to respond. Evacuation, shut down and a safety point. So the Evacuation procedure is practised once a term, its the fire drill effectively however we would shut all the doors and remove the children. Once the authorities are call and all children safe you will be called to collect your children. (fire drills do not take children off site it would only be if assessed as safest option for them) We would then go to meet point and call you that's why its so important we keep numbers up to date as all our information can be retrieved via a secure password protected server. Shut down, what we would do then is shut the nursery down, we are secure from all areas of the nursery but as you can imagine it gets hot and the children are playing outside at the moment so we have to get all the children in and shut all the doors and windows as quickly as possible. Then alert the authorities and wait for there instructions. Once clear and safe we would inform parents. This all sounds so heavy but we have to be prepared for anything even the littlest ones need protecting and that's what we do at nursery. This has been assessed as unlikely to happen but we still need to be prepared so we have to practice. Practice: Evacuation is practised once a term in line with the fire drill as we are aware we really don���t want to scare the children or the staff. The shut down is harder to practice but we allocate each member of management an area so make secure and its down to the staff to keep the children happy during this time. Training: Every member of staff in the setting receives training on how to spot a situation and how to deal with it before it escalates, every staff member has first aid training in the setting with the exceptions of new apprentices which wouldn't be allow to administer first aid should we ever need it. All staff are informed and asked to read the evacuation procedure on their first day and then they are tested on it not just then but at random points. Communication: If you have continued to read after all this doom and gloom it must see like the parents are last to know, as a setting we have a duty of care to make sure that everyone in the building is safe. We know you will want to know what's happening to your babies but be assured that when we ring you we have done everything to make them safe.

OMG right!!!!!

I know this is really heavy for this weeks blog but I feel that parents and carers deserve to know what we would do as a setting to prevent and protect anything happening to your children.

Mummy���s Turn:

So this all sound very impressive about what you would do in which situation but I don���t even want my children knowing about it all. At home we don���t talk about it we don���t watch the news in front of the children and we discourage others from talking about it to my children. When i was younger we had lots of bombings and war going on (I���m not old enough to know WW2) but we just wasn���t effected because we didn���t know. So I will protect my children from knowing.

Manager: I understand you want to protect your children from the impact of the outside world, we don���t talk about it at the setting around the children and all drills are done discretely and always labelled as fire drills. This means that we can practice them without scaring the children. We aren���t here to teach your children about the events that are happening but to protect them. How consider that children are resilient and they take in a lot more than we give them credit for. I have been reading up on the effects of War on children and looking at the media impact on them its worth a read : https://www.warchild.org.uk/issues/effects-war-children Children seeing others hurt and not understanding why and what's happening could lead them to believe it may happen to them. That's what we want to protect them from the belief that we cannot protect them in scary situations. We want them to believe us when we say we got this your safe.

Mummy: How can I leave my child when you even have to think about having to do this?

Manager: As with everything that we do in nurseries its about making sure they are safe removing the risks or reducing them. In situation we cannot control its about being proactive rather than reactive. Once the situation has got to the critical point where we may need to use any of the above I want to say I was ready for them not I didn���t know what I was doing.

Mummy: So my 4 year old has been talking about this with his friends ad now he won���t separate from me in the morning, I am already worried about it all how can I help him.

Manager: Remember that we are dealing with children who are still developing their feelings and understanding of the world, we need to support them and have open communication with them. Not like you would with an adult necessary but look at saying things like ���Mummy understands that you are worried about what you have heard, and she would never leave you where she didn't trust.��� {key workers name} is a really important person in your child���s life as well so get them to support you as you have the conversation.�� ���{key worker} is going to be here whilst Mummy goes to work she will make sure that you have a lovely time at nursery and when Mummy comes back I will make sure that we are all safe together��� It doesn���t really matter what you say as long as you don���t dismiss their feelings as they are still developing them. Children as young as 2 start understanding the effect they have on others so they will be effected by others.

Mummy: Can I call you throughout the day?

Manager: We would love to hear from you, Its hard leaving when your little one is being upset but remember we are here for you as much as the children.

Throughout the blog we have looked at what we would do as a nursery and how we would prepare, prevent and support the children and the parents through what was happening in the media. We can���t prevent them from putting it out there was can choose to keep it from our children or we can choose to prepare ourselves for the worst case scenario. Whatever you choose your not wrong its all about choice.

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Hot Hot Hot

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Have we all been enjoying this lovely weather? I know I haven���t! Mummy Manager has had real turmoil this week with this sudden increase in the temperature.

Our precious babies have really been suffering this week, its been so hot and the sun has been very fierce outside that we are having to restrict the times we are able to go into the garden. The Mummy in me is very over protective of the children get that hat on, have you got sun cream on, come get a drink, get in the shade etc��� the Manager in me has read the news yesterday stating that we all need to consider taking vitamin D supplements due to the fact that we don���t get enough sun. REALLY!!!!! We can���t win at the moment one moment we are being told to use a high factor sun cream with UV protection the next we don���t get enough Vitamin D because we cover up with the high factor and stay in the shade.

As a manager I know that we need to protect these children from the sun and we do keep on at all the parents have they got sun cream on. I also understand that the guidance states that you must try to avoid the sun at its strongest between 1100 and 1400 which we do and keep the children hydrated withe plenty of water throughout the day. As a Mummy I am thinking where has all the fun gone, if we always avoid the midday sun when are we going to have our picnics, what happens when they go to school and they have play after lunch. Its not fair for them to miss out. What about that feeling you get when the sun comes out and it lifts your spirits and makes everything feel ok for that very moment. The children are missing out in this experience. So many contradictions to consider as Mummy Manager, it���s really hard.

We all understand that vitamin D is essential for everyone and young children even more so, children are advised to take vitamin D supplements from 6 months to help with their bone development, so why are we supplementing rather than letting the children be children. Play and explore and feel the impact of the sun on their skin. One simple answer the increase in the number of skin cancer cases since the 1970 has risen by 360% that���s huge. The news is causing all sorts of issues inside my already conflicted head.

So lets ignore the latest news scare, because I am sorry but that���s all it is and get some cold hard facts. (I am a huge fact person����supper excited and now looking like a sad person) links under the statements as the websites are really good source of information

NHS - Most people can make enough vitamin D from being out in the sun daily for short periods with their forearms, hands or lower legs uncovered and without sunscreen from late March or early April to the end of September, especially from 11am to 3pm.

http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/summerhealth/pages/vitamin-d-sunlight.aspx

Kids Health -

You don't need to hide from the sun completely or wrap up like a mummy to protect yourself. But you should take these two steps:

Always wear sunscreen.�� SPF 30 + Take frequent breaks from the sun by going indoors or moving into the shade

http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/summer-safety.html#

 

Cancer Research -

Whatever your age, the best way to enjoy the sun safely and protect your skin from sunburn is to use a combination of shade, clothing and sunscreen. Children and teenagers might need a reminder or a helping hand, but setting a good example yourself is a great way to help them learn and get into good habits.

When the sun is strong or you���re at risk of burning:

Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm. Cover up with a t-shirt, hat and sunglasses. Use a sunscreen with a protection level of at least SPF15 and 4 stars. Use it generously and reapply regularly.

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/sun-uv-and-cancer/ways-to-enjoy-the-sun-safely#xqlRmVvo2mEvBo6m.99

BBC -

What is the new guidance?

Vitamin D experts now say:

Everyone over the age of four should take 10 micrograms of vitamin D every day, particularly from October to March Pregnant and breastfeeding women and at-risk groups (such as people from ethnic minority groups with dark skin, elderly people in care homes and those who wear clothing that cover most the skin) should take 10 micrograms of vitamin D per day all year round Children between the age of one and four should take 10 micrograms of vitamin D supplements all year round All babies from birth up to one year of age should take 8.5 to 10 micrograms of vitamin D per day (particularly those being breastfed)

This new advice applies to England and Wales.

Health officials in Scotland and Northern Ireland say they have updated their guidance in line with the new recommendations, but only for people aged over six months.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36854950

Ok so I have looked at the range of facts and information out there. (I���ve only included snippets) and I am no wiser. My advise as Mummy Manager is enjoy it whilst you can, keep safe and you know your body and your children the best. Follow your instincts as there is nothing stronger than a parents gut.

Excuse the picture but we was having so much fun enjoying the sun in the paddling pool.

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Sports day

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Last week we had our sports day and it was FANTASTIC! We had such a great time and all the children really enjoyed joining in.

We did egg and spoon, running, balancing and throwing races and they all did so well. Unfortunaly the prizes for the best races had to be given to the parents who were in great sprit and really joined in. In the morning the parents even had to run twice as someone forgot to press the button (that was me!)

I am really sorry to everyone as weren���t allowing pictures, I hope that the ones we took (all action ones) you are all happy with they will be with you soon.  

However we did get permission from the parents running the morning race to put their video up so here we are. I had to make sure that I had it this time so the children helped me.

Such great Fun

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Fanatical about food

I am sure as I was when I first started weaning my eldest it was only organic fresh vegetables, homemade meals and nothing sweet. Fantastic for the first few months totally manageable wasn���t it! Then WORK as I have said before I love my job now mainly because I get to work with all the lovely children and parents, but I have my children with me. Its the best ever; however when I first returned to work I used a child-minder, I couldn���t fault her, home made meals every tea but lunch as most was sandwiches etc���.. this has has a knock on effect on my eldest. I do not disagree with what she gave him it was always healthy but there was a choice and he never went for the healthy option. So here I am and he���s 4 now the fussiest eater ever. Lives on cheese sandwiches if given a choice with extra cheese on the side just in case there isn���t enough in the sandwiches washed down with a dunker with you guessed it more cheese. So I thought what I could change to make sure that I don���t have two children being ultra fussy on me at meal times I am going to start everything savoury and being a working Mummy I though ill go down the road of pouches. They appear very good, had loads of your daily allowance covered and 100% organic wow this is great huh! Then I looked at the contents of the pack EWWWWWWW I wouldn���t eat that. How on earth can I expect my littlest to (but he loves it yuk) Seriously would you put butternut squash carrots apples + prunes together and blend it within an inch of its life. Nah didn���t think so! So lets start the nursery debate how can they do better for me than these disgusting looking pouches.

Manager: At Happy Bunnies we provide healthy meals throughout the day, you can always see the menu posted at the unit end of the nursery. We follow eat better start better and provide the children with opportunities to try different food that maybe they wouldn���t try at home.

Mummy: Like what? What do you provide for my children that I don't.

Manager: We let the children have access to a variety of foods like, seeds, beans and pulses, figs, sardines. Things that are high in nutritional value that families may not as a household buy.

Mummy: My child won���t eat that, so he will go hungry then.

Manager: We would never let a child go hungry there are always staple foods out like a fruit or vegetable option and starch based like bread sticks and crackers.

Mummy: Ok smarty pants (wouldn't actually say out loud) So my eldest has packed lunch and youngest I bring food in how do you monitor this? (feeling a tad smug at the moment)

Manager: We help them with their lunches so we are able to see what they have, we offer the children the healthy option first and leave the less healthy option till last. We also discourage sweets and chocolate based foods and if we feel that they have to much in their lunch box this will be returned home. As per our health eating policy that can be found with the menus. The younger child will be encourage the same way as the older one once he is onto more solid foods.

Mummy: OK, Big question! I want him to eat hot meals but he���s fussy, I also think that this is annoying to have it charged separately. What are you doing about this.

Manager: We are having a consultation period at the moment with new caters and looking at our space within the nursery to change the whole nursery over to hot food, this would be added to the Fees but we would still be competitive with other nurseries. Once we have the live cost we will be going out to all parents and getting their point of view.

Mummy: Fees are enough anyway. They are going up even more.?

Manager: With our research a basic lunch box cost approx. ��2 plus the time you have taken to make it, at the moment in the consultation process we are looking to feed them a full hot meal with pudding for ��2.50 (same price as we currently charge), this also means that on the days that the children are here for a full day you know that they have had a balanced diet throughout the day.

Manger last words.

As a nursery we are proud of our healthy eating approach but currently feel limited by with current suppliers that we have. We really believe that every child deserves to eat well, and healthy eating habits start early. When we make our decision about what we are going to do you have our word that we will make it as affordable as possible for you but we have you be aware it has to be healthy. We understand that children don���t always want to eat what's given to them but our meals will be based more around what we think they would like (as long as healthy) with a changed menu every 6 months according to the seasons.

 

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