Welcome to the June edition of the Parenta magazine!
Over the last few months, our lives have been turned upside down and changed in a way that no one could ever have imagined. While we wait for the ‘new normal’ to arrive, we have to deal with an ever-changing world – which includes (for some) a drastic way in which their childcare business is run. Early years HR expert Jacqui Mann joins us this month and sheds some light on the confusing topic of furlough in her article “Furlough: the new ‘f’ word”. She will also be presenting a live Q&A webinar with us on Wednesday 3rd June following the Government’s new furlough guidance, so you will be able to get all your questions answered. Register here and don’t miss out on what will be an invaluable session!
Since lockdown restrictions were put in place, hundreds of childcare settings have been open for children of critical workers, and vulnerable children. But from 1st June, all early years settings are expected to start preparing for wider opening. Turn to page 4 for advice, tips and up-to-date useful links so you have everything all in one place while you get ready for the ‘new normal’ and return to your setting.
Having been at home for some weeks with a different routine, young children are going to need support to find their way back into the routine of life at your childcare setting. They may feel anxious, unsettled, or even tearful as they leave their primary carers for the first time in weeks. On page 28, industry expert, Gina Smith, shares her wealth of advice in promoting positive behaviour at a time that is going to be particularly challenging for all.
On a brighter note, the weather is improving, the evenings are lighter and everyone wants to get outside! We continue our gardening theme this month as we mark Growing for Wellbeing Week and find some easy things that children can grow either in a small patch of garden or even in pots. We are now able to take more exercise and are being actively encouraged to ‘get on our bikes’ with our families which is great news for our young budding cyclists. Turn to page 26 for some wonderful ideas on how to get involved in national Bike Week!
We hope you enjoy your magazine this month and please feel free to share with friends, parents and colleagues.
Please stay safe everyone.