Hello and welcome to the December edition of the Parenta magazine!
The season of joy and goodwill is upon us at last; and in this month’s issue of the magazine, we really do have a fantastic selection of festive advice and ideas for you!
Putting on “the Christmas play” is often the highlight of the year in many early years settings – at least that what parents say! But anyone who has ever organised any kind of performance knows that behind every slick recital is a lot of hard work, time and dedication. Turn to page 14 for our top tips that cover all bases to ensure this year’s production runs as smoothly as possible!
Music and movement expert, Gina Bale takes us on a magical journey, as we meet a polar bear and a seal who are looking for Santa’s workshop, in her speech and language article ‘Toy Shop at the North Pole’ – don’t forget to download her free session plan, guide and activity on page 9.
We also have some wonderful ideas that you can share with parents for the holidays! We’ve come up with some fun and educational games to play with the whole family – from an indoor treasure hunt to brushing up on storytelling skills!
With all the excitement and hype that comes at this time of year, you will find Sonia Mainstone-Cotton’s advice about supporting children with social, emotional and mental health needs around Christmas time extremely useful. We have three of her fantastic books to give away this month on this very subject. Turn to page 17 for details on how you can win one.
As always, all the advice, guidance, crafts and recipes you read in our magazine are 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. We hope you love reading it as much as we enjoy making it!
Please feel free to share the magazine with friends, parents and colleagues – they can sign up to receive their own copy here!
We wish you season’s greetings and a happy new year.