Abacus Ark Blog - Parent Advice
Christmas Shopping Tips
15 December 2017 • Parent Advice
Christmas is just around the corner and the question ‘What can I buy?’ is hovering on everyone’s lips!
Buying for children in the early years can be confusing as there are so many toys and activities that are appropriate for their different stages of development.
I’ve put together some tips to help you choose the perfect gift....
Safeguarding at Abacus Ark
12 October 2017 • Parent Advice
Putting your trust in a stranger to take care of your precious child is not an easy task for any parent. However, many parents have no choice but to entrust childcare professionals to look after their child and hope they have made the right decision. When looking for a childcare provider, a parents main priority is to ensure that their child wil...
Make toys your friend by Miss Evi (Deputy Manager at Wandsworth)
04 September 2017 • Parent Advice
It would be a safe bet to say that most of you, at some point, have experienced pure anxiety moments feeling lost and frustrated when having to choose a toy to buy browsing through the aisles, or when entering your home, you’re bombarded with teeny tiny toys in your living room or when opening your handbag to get your purse out but grabbing a di...
Benefits of Learning Outside by Miss Hayley (Nursery Manager at Wandsworth)
02 August 2017 • Parent Advice
In this modern age, it is extremely important that children learn outside the classroom with the support of those closest to them.
Whether this is physical exercise in the park or a mind-blowing family outing to a new place, children will learn to take calculated risks and explore the outside world while learning valuable life lessons.
International Families Day
15 May 2017 • Parent Advice
The definition of Family ‘Unit of people related by blood or marriage’ or ‘Descendants of a common ancestor’.
The meaning of ‘Family’, in the purest sense of the word is the biological or legal ties that bind a group of people together. It’s our heritage, lineage and history.
But in 2017 families go beyond the nuclear 2.4 child hou...
Understanding how to Manage Children's Behaviour
04 May 2017 • Parent Advice
The nature and nurture debate is ongoing and there are many different schools of thought on this subject. For me, I believe it is a combination of both that informs the behaviour of our children. Children will respond to their environmental influences and this, in turn, impacts on their behaviour. Therefore, it is crucial that we consider the im...
Managing children's behaviours
03 April 2017 • Parent Advice
Last month many of our staff had Behaviour Management training from Jenny Prior, a Speech abd Language Therapist from Wandsworth Early Years Advisory and Inclusion Team. There were some really useful tips that I thought could be passed on to our families at Abacus Ark and I have tried to collate the key points and link them to practical examples...
The Importance of Role Modelling
21 February 2017 • Parent Advice
At Abacus Ark we do not underestimate the importance of role modelling to encourage positive behaviour and promote independence and good self-esteem in the children entrusted to our care. Children will naturally watch and mimic our behaviours and, however much we tell our children to behave a certain way, the best results come from our own acti...