Hello and welcome to the November edition of the Parenta magazine!
November is a month of remembrance, kindness and mental wellbeing; and you will certainly get a feel for that in our magazine this month. Throughout the month, our nation will commemorate all those who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars as well as more recent conflicts. But how can we make the commemorations meaningful for young children? On page 28, industry expert, Frances Turnbull, explores how stories and poems about life during wartime can be powerful – and how adding music can make these experiences memorable.
We’ve got some wonderful ideas which you can use to engage with the children to help you retain Remembrance in these challenging times; and as we wanted to give you something to create that children can share with their loved ones, we’ve got a beautiful poppy which is simple to make, even for the really little ones.
World Kindness Day is observed around the world on 13th November and this year will be particularly poignant. Kindness is something we teach the children without even thinking, but you can celebrate this special day by making an official nursery ‘kindness pledge’ on the kindnessuk.com website. We’ve chosen some of our favourite ideas which you can do with the children to further embed this important virtue.
Being kind to yourself is as important as kindness to others and mental health issues have never been more significant than now. We mark International Stress Awareness Week with some excellent stress busting tips to help with mental wellbeing – turn to page 18 for details.
Congratulations to Tamsin Grimmer, our guest author of the month! Her article “How children learn and the importance of using an attachment and trauma based approach” was very topical and focused on ways that we can offer the children in our care the nurture and support they need. Well done Tamsin!
We hope you enjoy our magazine this month – it really is packed with so much advice from our wonderful guest authors, and all the articles have 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. Please do send in your poppy pictures too!
Please feel free to share with friends, parents and colleagues – they can sign up to receive their own copy here!
Please stay safe everyone.