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Children begin learning from the moment they are born. It's a well known fact that small children absorb knowledge at a much greater rate than their older siblings - and us, their ageing parents! The most rapid development of a child's brain takes place between birth and the age of two. However, your child continues to learn and develop rapidly during the important early years and you, the parent, are your child's first teacher...
No parent wants to see their child poorly so here are some tips on how to stay healthy this winter, as well as advice and tips on what to do if your child becomes ill.
Preschool Nursery Health Tips How to stay healthy during the Winter months.... During the winter months colds and viruses are more prominent bringing misery and upset to children and adults but is there a way in which these can be prevented...? In short, the answer is no, most winter viruses are airborne with people contagious before they develop symptoms. Therefore, moving away from those sneezing and coughing won’t unfortunately mean that you stay symptom free. Studies also show that exposure to cold and damp weather will not increase your chances of catching a cold. In fact by wrapping up and embracing the weather we may actually feel better, as fresh air helps us to sleep better, acts as a decongestant and boosts our vitamin D dosage, all of which will aid and strengthen immunity, so wrap up enjoy the fresh air and embrace the winter months. It is unfortunately inevitable that no matter what, we will all pick up a few colds and viruses over the winter months but with most passing within a week or so, it is important to keep things in perspective and remember that these will ultimately strengthen immunity resulting in less sick days. Our best form of defence is to take precautions and follow some simple advice..... Regular hand washing is the most effective way to get rid of germs, promoting and implementing good hand washing techniques with warm soap and water are imperative in the fight against germs. Visit www.carex.co.uk for hand washing tips, fun games and catchy songs. The importance of Nursery Rhymes and catchy songs Nursery Rhymes have been around for centuries but in today’s world children have screens everywhere they turn, with very young children being able to operate an Ipad, so does this mean the end of Nursery Rhymes? Despite all the changes in the world, these little poems and songs have significant benefits to a child’s early development. Nursery Rhymes are the perfect first stories for babies, while the bouncy rhythm catches a child’s attention the short length means you can finish a rhyme before little hands grab the book. As children become older and their attention span increases, they may be ready to listen for longer periods but may not be ready for a long story, making rhymes the perfect choice as you can read as many or as little as you like. An early introduction to literature and rhymes has positive effects on a child’s development, helping to bring children together. Singing and sharing a story helps to build relations, develop imagination and strengthen communication. Early rhymes help to give children a love for books which will hopefully last a lifetime. Many rhymes have simple actions which help to bring the story to life and although simplistic in their form the actions help to strengthen manipulative skills, develop hand and eye coordination and improve muscle strength. Nursery rhymes help prepare children for the early stages or reading, strengthening a child’s ability to hear the sounds in words and be able to identify letters. The beginnings of learning to read are largely based around rhyming. A love for nursery rhymes opens the door to creativity with the extension of topics, craft activities and role play all based around your favourite rhyme, making the possibilities for engagement and development never ending. The versatility of these rhymes is why they are still as popular today as they were 500 years ago! Childcare Vouchers We do accept vouchers from many different providers, if you are unsure what financial support you are eligable for, visit our Paying For Childcare page, or call our friendly team on 0208 660 9040. Speak to our friendly team to arrange a tour of the grounds, rooms and kitchen. Read more about the different types of Childcare. Preschool Varied Kids Menu Our highly trained chef and staff provide varied and nutritious food freshly cooked daily. We source produce and vegetables locally whenever we can. You can view a sample menu here. A healthy diet rich in fruit, vegetables and iron rich foods as well as a good sleep pattern are key elements in supporting and developing a strong immune system. The carefully crafted menu’s at Abbey Wood Grange and Abbey Wood Lodge Pre-School ensure children have a balanced diet full of fruit, vegetables and nutrients. Caring for a sick child can be very draining both physically and mentally but its important to remember that most viruses pass within a week or so and all of the viruses will ultimately strengthen your child’s immune system. A sick child will need extra TLC, lots of cuddles, fluids and rest. Encourage your child to blow their nose to get rid of all the extra mucus their body is producing while they have a cold. www.nhs.uk offers advice and guidance when dealing with winter viruses. If you are at all worried seek medical advice from your doctor or local NHS drop in centre. Healthy Learning Habits Encourage your child to wipe his nose with a tissue and to avoid touching their eyes and nose as germs will be deposited directly onto the mucus membrane, where they are rapidly absorbed into the blood stream. Follow your nursery or school’s infection control policy, although this won’t stop viruses it will help to limit the spread of infection. You childcare setting should have a strict infection control policy in place which should be adhered to by parents and practitioners. Ensuring immunisations and follow up vaccines are up to date can help to protect against some viruses and bacteria. Preschool Nursery South Croydon Abbeywood Grange How to stay healthy during the Winter months Click and drag to move
Abbeywood Grange Preschool Nursery Advice Sepsis Signals What Is sepsis and how can Parents and Practitioners spot the early warnings signs? Sepsis is known as the ‘silent killer’ and is one of the most common causes of death in the UK Sepsis is a life-threatening condition in which the body’s response to an infection causes damage to tissues and organs. The immune system goes into overdrive trying to fight the infection, it can release chemicals into the bloodstream rather than targeting the infection itself. Treatment is possible usually antibiotics, oxygen and fluids however the NHS says that medication must be delivered within an hour of diagnosis to avoid serious complications or death. Sepsis can result in the loss of limbs or organ failure and Sepsis deaths in England’s hospital have risen by more than a third in 2 years. It affects more than 250,000 adults and children in the UK every year, claiming 52,000 lives – that’s more than any cancer! Two thirds of survivors suffer life-changing after-effects, yet, despite the shocking statistics, awareness of sepsis is far too low. The key to fighting sepsis is awareness. The NHS advise the following when spotting Sepsis in children. Go straight to A&E or call 999 if a child has any of these symptoms Looks mottled, blush or pale Is very lethargic or difficult to wake Feels abnormally cold to touch Is breathing very fast Has a rash that doesn’t fade with pressure Has a fit or convulsion Call 111 for urgent medical advice if a child has any of the following symptoms, is getting worse or is sicker than expected. Temperature Over 38c in babies under 3 months Over 39c in babies aged 3-6 months Any high temperature in a child who cannot be encouraged to show interest in anything A low temperature ( below 36c ) check 3 times in a 10 minute period Breathing Finding it much harder to breathe than normal Making ‘grunting’ noises with every breath Unable to say more than a few words at once Breathing that ‘pauses’ Toilet/nappies No wee or wet nappies for 12 hours Eating and drinking Baby under 1 month old with no interest in feeding Not drinking for more than 8 hours when awake Bile-stained (green) bloody or black vomit Activity and body Soft spot on head bulging ‘sunken’ looking eyes Child cannot be encouraged to show interest in anything Baby is floppy Weak ‘whining’ or continuous crying in younger child Older child is confused Unresponsive or very irritable Stiff neck, especially when trying to look up and down. More information can be found at www.nhs.uk/conditions/sepsis Trust you gut instinct and get help, it is better to be wrong than sorry Photo by Hal Gatewood on Unsplash