Hello and welcome to the December edition of the Parenta magazine!
It’s December already, and for many, thoughts turn to celebrations and a relaxing time off during the festive season. Many of us allow ourselves a few extra ‘luxuries’ during this break: brandy butter, chocolates on the tree, lazing in front of the TV – to name but a few - and for some of us, this time of year seems to take its toll on our health more than we would like! But there are few simple things we can do to keep the health of us and our loved ones on track whilst still enjoying all those little ‘luxuries’ - turn to page 22 for our top tips and tricks.
The festive season can be a difficult time for those who have experienced or are experiencing grief – especially for children, who cannot process these feelings of loss. December marks National Grief Awareness Week and guest author Sarah Daren helps us identify child grief stages and signs and gives us her advice as to what we can do to help the children in our care.
Our guest authors always write such invaluable and topical advice for us, and this edition is no exception. Frances Turnbull shares her wealth of knowledge of international music and treats us to end of year songs from around the world, Gina Bale discusses how ‘less is more’ regarding children’s toys and how imagination plays such a vital part in play, Helen Lumgair shows us how central stories are in our relationships and Dr Kathryn Peckham poses the question “what does it mean to be “me”?
We welcome new guest author and SEND expert, Dr Sarah Moseley to the Parenta Magazine family – turn to page 32 for her fantastic her top ten tips to create engaging-rich literacy environments for all children. Joanna Grace and Mona Sakr continue with their respective series: Joanna is exploring the “terrific” twos and focuses on the time it takes for information to flow through the brain, while Mona looks at what leadership looks like when you notice room for improvement in your setting.
As usual, everything you read in the magazine is written to help 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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