The sun has arrived at last, but hurry, it may not last long! On a hot day, with beating sunshine, it's so important to keep the children covered up and protected from the sun. Here are 10 important things to remember on a scorching day:-
It is crazy to think that you can teach children to be well behaved in a week, or a month or even a year! Good behaviour is something that you are constantly teaching and demonstrating throughout a child's life and its not really something that is either learned or now.
Here are a few guidelines:
When children are ill it can be so draining and sad for both you and them too, especially if its lovely sunny weather outside. They need even more attention and support. They need medicine and drinks delivered to their beds. They need special, soft foods and snacks. And other children in the family unit often start misbehaving because all the attention seems to be on the sick child - which is exactly what you don't want.
Here are a few tips to help get through the longs days of a child's illness.
It's so expensive to have professional photos taken of your baby, and with today's camera technology you can really create professional-looking and lovely photos with regular cameras.
Here are a few tips!
Keep it simple: try not to attempt catalogue style photos with a fussy background or certain tilt of the head required. Keep the shots easy and simple for you all.
Background: keep an eye on what's behind your baby and check there's no washing on the line, or dustbins in the background or a traffic sign coming out of their head! A leafy hedge, a grassy bank, a blank wall are all simple and effective backgrounds that will look good.
Lighting: light the picture naturally if possible so take pictures outside or in bright rooms. Flash is fine but can distort the colours in the picture or result in red eye or closed eyes!
Sunshine: it's lovely to take shots in the sun, but beware of sun shining in the children's eyes and causing them to squint or shut their eyes. Don't tell them to try and smile and look into the sun... it just won't happen!
Get up close: try to have the photo full of your baby so that about 3/4 of the photo will feature the baby and the rest is background or other things. You can always crop the image after if you don't want to hold the camers in your baby's face.
Practice: get to know what all the buttons on the camera actually do. You may find they enhace the shot with a bit of practice. Take plenty of shots too, don't spend ages lining up a shot and then just take one. You can delete any you don't like.
Tilting: try out some different angles and tilt the cemera, turn it portrait or landscape and play around with what you can do to get the right image.
Eyes right: don't always insist your child looks at the camera. Looking down, or into the sky or eleswhere can make gorgeous shots.
Make it fun!: encourage your children to laugh and enjoy their photo session by making it a game and fun!
Take pictures often: by taking pictures often the children will be familiar with the idea of a camera being used and will not find it intimidating or embarassing.
According to a recent study, one in five parents will not fly with their children on holiday purely because it is too stressful. Six out of ten said their children could not sit still for more than 30 minutes on a plane and nearly half are worried that their child might suffer from air-sickness. Showing a concern for other travellers 46% feared their little ones would upset other passengers and 34% were worried that their babies would cry.
Teaching your toddler some basic rituals when it comes to everyday livinhg is a great and easy way to introduce some good (and advisable!) habits into their lives. The more they get used to following these simple rules, the easier it will be to keep them safe and actually introduce them to some good practice.
A childminder is a person (male or female) who looks after other people's children in the childminder's own home. The children can be aged from birth up to eight years old. The childminder looks after the children for more than 2 hours a day and is rewarded (usually in the form of money) for the service. If the person is looking after a relative (a grandchild or niece) it is not considered childminding.
Registered with Ofsted
All childminders by law have to be registered and assessed by Ofsted to meet all the requirements and standards set out by Government. The requirements refer to the safety of the premises, the facilities on offer, the suitability of the childminder to care for children, the play and learning opportunities. In addition, insurance provisions and business records are assessed. Checks are also made on all of the other members of the household.
How many children can a childminder look after?
There is a limit on the number of children a childminder can look after. A total of 6 children (including the childminder's own children) is the maximum. Of these, only 3 may be under school age, and only 1 may be under 1 year old. A childminder may have excemption that varies from this if for example they are asked to look after twins or triplets, but their certificate will lay down how many children they may care for at once, and they must display their certificate, in their home, whilst they are acting as a childminder.
How To Find A Childminder?
Word of mouth is a great way of finding a childminder. Friends, colleagues, other parents may have some good suggestions. Alternatively, contact your local Family Information Service for a list of childminders in your area.
There are also agencies and websites that list local vacancies and have a chat to your local Sure Start Centre for some ideas of local vacancies.
How To Choose A Childminder?
Visit a number of settings and talk about any questions you have. Mention your precise needs and make notes before you go if there is anything in particular you don't want to forget to ask.
How Much Is A Childminder?
Childminders are all self-employed and are responsible for their own income, expenses, equipment, tax and national insurance. They set their own rates and charges will therefore vary. You will need to discuss rates and agree the cost with your childminder.
You must sign a contract with your childminder stating:
The contract should be signed by you and your childminder, dated and each of you should have a copy to keep.
Top Tips To Help Choose A Childminder:
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