Hello and welcome to the January edition of the Parenta magazine!
The year 2021 is upon us and for many, 2020 has not been an easy year. However, we shall begin 2021 with optimism and hope!
Even in the best of times, January is often a difficult month financially, but with so many people struggling with reduced incomes due to the pandemic restrictions and lockdowns, it is more important than ever to raise awareness and support those in need.
With this in mind, this month we look at ways in which you can save energy in your home and setting for Energy Saving Week running from 18th to 24th January. We also tackle the subject of poverty and how we can help to take steps to remove the stigma attached to such a sensitive topic.
Educating the children in our care to grow up with kindness and without prejudice is fundamental to early years childcare. We are delighted to welcome back guest author Helen Garnett who gives her expert advice and guidance on how to do just that. Turn to page 18 to learn how to “build kind children” – a skill that takes the little ones years to develop.
Following the same vein, Tamsin Grimmer’s article on page 12 “I’m not prejudiced, am I?” gives us an insight to our ‘unconscious bias’ and how this has a significant impact on people’s lives – and our work with children – without us really knowing, which in turn can lead to prejudice.
We really hope you enjoy our New Year’s magazine, full of so much advice from our wonderful industry experts. 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 feel free to share with friends, parents and colleagues – they can sign up to receive their own copy here!
Please stay safe everyone and we wish you a Happy New Year.