Hello and welcome to the March edition of the Parenta magazine!
Spring is in the air, the daffodils and snowdrops are almost in bloom, and the country, at last, is preparing itself for the first stage of national restrictions being lifted.
As the schools return throughout the month, there will be many school leavers this year who fear that they have lost not just valuable time, but direction too. The well-timed National Careers Week, which runs every March, aims to empower positive change through careers education. This year, unsurprisingly, the message is all about hope; encouraging people to stay positive about their careers and offering them information about where to turn to for support and advice. You can play your important part as an employer by recruiting apprentices and helping your existing staff continue with their CPD, or even start their training. Apprenticeships are not just for people starting out in their careers: there are apprenticeships at management level so, as well as helping the more junior members of your team to progress their career, you could consider this route for more senior staff to increase their qualifications. Turn to page 12 to find out more and how you can get involved.
We continue our series of taking a closer look at what to expect come September and the new EYFS framework – and this month we start to explore the forthcoming changes in the prime areas of learning – exploring ways in which you might incorporate them into your practice. With this in mind, industry expert Frances Turnbull looks at how music can support physical activity and fundamental skills in the early years, guest author Tamsin Grimmer explores the importance of using stories to engage children, and we also look at using expressive arts to help the children with their understanding of the world.
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.
Remember…the clocks ‘spring’ forward on 28th March, bringing lighter evenings!
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Please stay safe everyone.