Hello and welcome to the July edition of the Parenta magazine!
Summer is here at last – and that means lots of outdoor play opportunities for us as practitioners, for the children in our care, and for parents too! We know that the children certainly don’t need any encouragement when it comes to playing; this comes very naturally to these youngsters. However, there are times, as adults when we can be less enthusiastic – after all, playing is not a priority for us – and it’s not always something we feel the most confident about. Laughter specialist Katie White gives us the benefit of her experience and helps us overcome barriers when it comes to adult playfulness. Turn to page 36 to find out how to embrace your silly side in her article “3 ways to cultivate a summer of play”.
Industry experts Gina Bale and Helen Garnett continue the topic of play – Gina looks at how we can motivate our teams and help with self-consciousness and embarrassment when it comes to delivering movement sessions with our team, and Helen gives some fantastic advice about how we can safely encourage and deliver ‘risky play’.
We are so lucky to have another book giveaway this month! We have three signed copies of the acclaimed “My Mummy is Autistic” by Heath and Joanna Grace – turn to page 24 to read the fascinating story behind the story – and to find out how you can win one of these amazing books!
Also inside this month’s issue, we learn about the art of mentoring, we discuss the resumed Ofsted inspections, we celebrate LGBTQIA+ and look at how music can help build relationships in the early years – plus so much more!
As always, all the advice and guidance in our magazine is 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.
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Please stay safe, everyone.