Hello and welcome to the February edition of the Parenta magazine.
In January, we reached a milestone: the second anniversary of Covid-19 arriving on UK shores. Who could have predicted that we would still be conforming to pandemic restrictions, two years down the line? It is well documented that this virus has had a negative effect on the mental health of so many people, and as adults, we have the ‘luxury’ of being able to express our feelings. But what about the children in our care? How have they fared over the past two years? Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is this month and runs from 7th – 13th February. It not only aims to raise awareness of mental health issues amongst children, but also offers invaluable advice and information regarding some of the work that can be done in this important area to help all children develop positive attitudes towards their mental health, and that of others too.
We welcome early years industry expert Mona Sakr to the Parenta magazine family this month! She starts her ‘leadership’ series with a very topical subject – staff absences due to Covid-19 – and the significant challenge that brings with the day-to-day running of the setting.
Gina Bale continues her series to encourage not only the children, but all of us, to keep moving in 2022, Stacey Kelly helps us to teach children the value of things; Frances Turnbull explores how music impacts early relationships, Sonia Mainstone-Cotton looks at how we can help children and ourselves understand more about Bipolar; and Joanna Grace asks us to “wake up and smell the roses”!
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