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Parenta Magazine

Every month we bring together a collection of articles relating to the childcare industry, utilising experts in the form of our guest authors who provide an insight into their specialist topics. Give it a read, share it with colleagues and friends. We hope you enjoy it.

Hello and welcome to the May edition of the Parenta magazine.

With the evenings, and now also the mornings, much lighter, we are getting ever closer to the longest day of the year which occurs next month. This new found freedom of having extra light hours in the day can have a huge positive impact on people’s mental health, encouraging them to venture out - and even meet up with people that they’ve not seen a while.

We tend to cover the topics of mental health and well-being regularly in the Parenta magazine, since they have a profound effect on how we live our lives. We feel that it’s important to raise awareness (in ourselves and others) of mental health issues and the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week looks at a topic which is a growing problem and often not talked about: loneliness. Turn to page 28 for help on understanding and recognising the different types of loneliness and how you can help yourself and others. 

On the subject of well-being, we welcome Pamela McFarlane, new guest author and industry expert to the Parenta family. Her insightful article, “How well is your being?” gives some wonderful examples of real-life scenarios in early years settings and her many years of experience guides us through some self-coaching techniques. 

Also in this month’s issue…Mona Sakr and June O’Sullivan discuss their eagerly awaited jointly-written book “Social Leadership in Early Childhood Education: an Introduction”. Turn to page 6 to find out how you can win a copy! 

Joanna Grace discusses ‘danger and grip’ as she continues her ‘egg-cellent’ advice series; Helen Garnett explores the significant role fathers have in early childhood; “laughter facilitator” Katie White and music and movement expert Gina Bale show us how to connect through rhythm and repetition and have fun, move and build children’s confidence. Kathryn Peckham gives some fantastic advice on how to support parents to support their child from the very beginning and early years safeguarding expert Yvonne Sinclair guides us through some new legislation on safety and safeguarding.

As always, everything you read in the magazine is all written to help you with the efficient running of your setting and to promote the health, happiness and well-being of the children in your care.

Please feel free to share the magazine with friends, parents and colleagues – they can sign up to receive their own copy here!

Allan

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