Abacus Ark Blog
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...
Why we Incorporate Music into the Early Years Curriculum
01 March 2017 • Preschool
The importance of incorporating music into the Early Years curriculum cannot be underestimated when planning daily activities for our children. At Abacus Ark, music is an integral part of the day for all our children from the baby room to our preschool room. In my experience, all children respond positively to music and exposure to it enhances t...
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...
Love is in the Air
14 February 2017 • Parent Advice
Valentine’s Day - that time of year where we show our love and appreciation to those we care about. Whether you are a hopeless romantic or the day goes over your head, why not take some time and show some love!
Here are some ideas to spread some love;
- Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time- we’re sure they will lov...
It's Pancake Day
09 February 2017 • Food
Pancake Day is that time of year where we have lots of fun in the kitchen throwing food around. We know we shouldn’t play with our food- but we think today is an exception!
Pancake Day originates from the Christian tradition of Shrove Tuesday, the day before Christians commence the 40 days of Lent. Lent is the time where Christians abstai...
25 January 2017 • Parent Advice
Potty training is a subject that prompts so many questions by parents who are eager to have their children out of nappies. Unfortunately, there are not any set rules about this process as children vary so much but, one thing is for sure, until your child recognises the sensation of needing to go to the loo and wants to wear ‘big boy/girl pants’...