Hello and welcome to the April edition of the Parenta magazine!
As spring dawns, many people will be relieved that they are able to venture out of the house and spend more time in the fresh air, but for millions, the arrival of spring means one thing…allergies – of all sorts! With 1 in 3 of us in the UK suffering from an allergy, we have one of the highest rates of affected people in the world. During Allergy Awareness Week this month, we explore ways to help you deal with a variety of allergies within your setting and give our top tips on how to make leaning about them fun for the children. Turn to page 10 to find out more and to download our wonderful free allergy placemat templates!
On 4th April, around 95 countries and thousands of communities globally will celebrate Easter Sunday, albeit in a variety of different ways. We have taken a whistle-stop tour around the world to discover just some of the ways in which this major Christian festival is commemorated. In keeping with Easter traditions, our Parenta juniors have been having so much fun making hot cross buns – and ‘testing’ them, of course! Turn to page 32 for a delicious recipe from industry expert, Katherine Houghton, and on the next page, you will find a wonderful natural dye Easter egg craft, inspired by International Mother Earth day.
Last month saw many of us celebrating World Book Day in our settings, with the traditional dressing up as our favourite book characters. This month, we are again able to celebrate the wonderful world of books. International Children’s Book Day is on 2nd April, which is Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday.
As always, our magazine is packed with so much more! All the advice and guidance from our wonderful industry experts has been written to help you with the efficient running of your setting and to promote the health, happiness and wellbeing of the children in your care.
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Please stay safe everyone.