Summer Fun!

23rd July 2018

It has been amazing weather this summer so far and during any type of weather its important to keep the children occupied and happy at all times. Bored children do not make for happy children (or parents! ) . . . Here at Daybreak we have a multitude of activities and ideas to keep children

10 years’ service

17th July 2018

Hi Hannah, thank you for the taking the time to speak about your amazing achievement of 10 years’ service here with us at Daybreak. I understand that you have progressed from a nursery assistant all the way up to the Managerial team at ACA! Yes I’ve have been working for Daybreak for 10 years. I

Sheryl Kinnison – An insight to a day in the life of a Nursery Chef…..

7th March 2018

Here at Daybreak Nurseries we are always very conscious of our children’s nutrition and reflect this in our seasonal menus. We have key members of staff who devise healthy but exciting tea menus. They also sit down with our chefs and discuss the lunch menu in great detail in order to be able to provide

Firework Safety – a handy help on the DO’s and DONT’s around the festive season.

26th October 2017

Bonfire night safety… Take a look at this very important safety guide for a fun filled Bonfire Night!   Facts Did you know? Fireworks can travel up to speeds of 150mph?! It is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 18. If three sparklers are burnt together they will generate the same

What does being “school ready” mean?

5th October 2017

  Hello Megan, thank you very much for taking the time to speak with us today! How are you liking your new adventure at big school? “It’s great” Are you making lots of friends? “Yes” What do you talk about with them/play at playtime? “I ask if it’s ok to play with them” “Can we

Claudia Winkleman’s Fancy Dress Campaign Success: A reminder of safety at Halloween.

2nd October 2017

Claudia Winkleman‘s campaign to raise the safety standards on children’s fancy dress outfits after her daughter’s Halloween costume caught fire, has been a success. Sainsbury’s have promised their children’s dress up range will meet the same strict fire safety standards that apply to nightwear. Tesco and Asda will be applying more rigorous testing, and Marks

The End of Maternity Leave: a poem for Mummy

20th August 2017

    Please read a lovely poem for a mums first day back into the big wide world of work after her maternity leave.  The End of Maternity Leave: a poem for Mummy on her first day back at work It’s a date that’s been in the diary for months, yet nobody has been looking

Daybreak nurseries – Staff averages….

18th August 2017

As you are aware by now, here at Daybreak we have a diverse team of staff whom have a wide variety of ages between them. Many have been through the process of starting Daybreak as their first job and many have joined us as they have worked through their childcare careers. Here at Daybreak we

10 Years Service

27th July 2017

Many of our staff members have been part of our Daybreak Family for a long time, here is a lovely interview with Louise Cross – 10 years of service with Daybreak

Experienced Staff Perspective – March 2017

8th March 2017

As you are aware by now, here at Daybreak we have lots of working Mums who’ve all had to go through the feared process of returning back to work. It’s such a hard thing to do when all you want is to spend time with your children – (whether they are younger or older) and

Returning to work.

7th November 2016

        1.    Welcome back Kylie, congratulations on your child! How does it feel being a mother of two and returning to work? Thank you, it’s good to be back and getting into the swing of things again. Being a mum of two, wow I haven’t really had time to stop and think

Children’s Nutrition!

4th October 2016

Our bodies need vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins and fat in order to remain consistently healthy. Children however need different amounts at different stages in their childhood. Research has proven how significant a child’s early years are in terms of long term health and well being. The first 5 years are so important for developing strong bones, teeth,

Getting ready for school

22nd August 2016

The first day at school can be a big transition for young children, and parents. The realisation that your little one is old enough for school is quite a daunting prospect and the unknown of the new school routine and making new friends is scary for all involved. Here are some handy tips to get

Transitioning interview with Jo #wearemumstoo

19th August 2016

September is a time where there’s a lot of change around in nurseries and schools. Younger children are moving into older rooms and the pre-school children are moving up to ‘big’ school. Moving from your safe place in a nursery to a more structured school environment can be a really challenging time for some children and parents too.

First time pregnancies

5th July 2016

Kylie Lehane (Assistant Manager at ATC) and Laura Stevens (Manager at ACA) have been instrumental in our great “we are mums too” marketing campaign and are responsible for the marketing and in particular social media and our Blogs. They are both pregnant and are expecting their first babies this year in September and October respectively.

Fathers day #wearedadstoo

17th June 2016

Father’s Day is fast approaching and we to get a perspective through the eyes of a father. John is not only a Daybreak Daddy but his wife Sam Kingman also works at Rickmansworth Town Centre, Sam is Assistant Manager and Early Years Professional. Sam and John had beautiful Charlotte in May 2015. Sam returned to

Behaviour management

20th May 2016

The period between 18 months and 3 years is an exciting time.  Toddlers are becoming aware that they are separate individuals from their parents and the other important people in their world.  This means that they are eager to assert themselves, communicate their likes and dislikes, and act independently (as much as they can)!  At the same

Weaning

27th April 2016

We’re taking a little break in our #wearemumstoo blog posts (don’t worry we’ll be back with another staff interview soon) to focus on weaning, which for some of us can be quite a daunting transition, read on for some advice and tips to get you started. Research has proven how significant a child’s first few years are

Managing the Nursery – through the eyes of a new Mum

4th April 2016

Recently we have realised that a good percentage of our Daybreak staff are all Mums and the majority of their children are members of Daybreak. Continuing with our #wearemumstoo campaign we have another staff interview for you today this time from the manager of one of our Rickmansworth nurseries. Claire has been a staff member

Being a new mum

29th February 2016

Here at Daybreak we have lots of working Mums who’ve all had to go through the feared process of returning back to work. It’s such a hard thing to do when all you want is to spend time with your children and make sure they get the best possible up-bringing you can offer them. Being Mums that work

Going back to work

2nd February 2016

    Over half of Mothers who have children under 3 are working Mums. You have to do what is right for your family, which usually means making sure you can put food on the table, clothes on their back and a roof over their heads. It’s a big worry having to juggle returning to work

The importance of play.

12th January 2016

Play is an essential part of every child’s life and is vital for the enjoyment of their childhood as well as developing social, emotional and intellectual development,  physical development and it helps to develop good communication and language too. Having time and space to play gives all children the opportunity to socialise with their peers and

Two year checks: understanding the EYFS

30th November 2015

The EYFS requires providers to supply parents and carers with a short written summary of every child’s development when they are between 24 and 36 months old. This progress check allows practitioners to identify which children may need additional support. The progress check concentrates on the 3 prime learning and development areas of the EYFS:

Characteristics of effective learning: understanding the EYFS

23rd November 2015

Characteristics of effective learning.. The characteristics of effective learning are the ways in which the children engage with other people and their environment. It’s how they learn and not necessarily what they learn. These are Playing and Exploring, Active learning and Creating and Critical thinking. The ways in which the children play and learn help to

Specific areas of learning: understanding the EYFS

16th November 2015

  Specific areas of learning The four specific areas in the EYFS are –Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive arts and design. These areas are fundamental in a child’s life although not as much of a priority as the prime areas for 0-3 years. These areas are essential in order to fully build the

Prime areas of learning: Understanding the EYFS

9th November 2015

The Three Prime areas in the EYFS are –Personal, social and emotional, communication and language and physical development. These areas are fundamental in a child’s life and if they are not achieved then the further four specific areas cannot be developed efficiently. These three areas are seen as essential ‘building blocks’ for securing these positive

Developmental matters : Understanding the EYFS

2nd November 2015

The developmental matters document within the EYFS is the practice guidance that underpins the four themes, which are, a unique child, positive relationships, enabling environments, and areas of learning and development. The document explains the principles behind the themes involved and shows practitioners how they might put these into everyday practice. ‘”Development Matters is used

Statutory framework : understanding the EYFS

26th October 2015

The statutory framework section of the EYFS is a mandatory document to be followed by all Early Years providers, including schools, childminders and afterschool/holiday clubs. Failure to comply with these health, safety and welfare requirements are deemed an offence and Ofsted will inspect and deal with this accordingly. This framework is basically a rules and

Early Years Foundation stage : understanding the EYFS

19th October 2015

As a successful Early Years Setting we like to regularly ask our parents how to improve and what they wish to know more about. One of the most common areas our parents like to query is the EYFS. Therefore during a series of blogposts over the next few weeks we will be endeavouring to answer these

Having pets

14th September 2015

All children love animals and are curious about them, their noises and their little quirks.  But the advantages to having pets in the home environment go well beyond having something to stroke and cuddle. . . Having something to love and something to value gives children a sense of responsibility. Helping out with the pets chores, such as walking

Transitions

4th August 2015

The transition from nursery to preschool and then preschool to School is quite a difficult and demanding time for both parents and children. It’s very important that the big changes in children lives are handled with sensitivity and care in order to provide the best possible outcome for everybody involved. Some children aren’t too fussed

Staying safe in the sun

30th June 2015

We all like to enjoy the sunshine when its here in England. Spending time at the park, in the garden and enjoying an ice cream is what summer is all about but. . . We must stay safe! The sun can be very dangerous especially to young children and its important to take all the

Smile!

7th April 2015

Looking after our teeth is so important to all aspects of our health and well being. Even children’s temporary milk teeth are super important to keep clean and healthy, as not only do they hold the space ready for our adult teeth but they aid children’s speech, allow children to eat a varied and healthy

Fussy eaters . . .

24th February 2015

Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters In fact, picky eating is one of the most common concerns parents bring to paediatricians. But remember if your child is thriving, then they’re probably getting what they need. Most parents don’t realise how little toddlers actually need to eat (those tiny tummies fill up fast). Remember that children eat when they’re

Summer Fun!

23rd July 2018

10 years’ service

17th July 2018

Sheryl Kinnison – An insight to a day in the life of a Nursery Chef…..

7th March 2018

Firework Safety – a handy help on the DO’s and DONT’s around the festive season.

26th October 2017

What does being “school ready” mean?

5th October 2017

Claudia Winkleman’s Fancy Dress Campaign Success: A reminder of safety at Halloween.

2nd October 2017

The End of Maternity Leave: a poem for Mummy

20th August 2017

Daybreak nurseries – Staff averages….

18th August 2017

10 Years Service

27th July 2017

Experienced Staff Perspective – March 2017

8th March 2017

Returning to work.

7th November 2016

Children’s Nutrition!

4th October 2016

Getting ready for school

22nd August 2016

Transitioning interview with Jo #wearemumstoo

19th August 2016

First time pregnancies

5th July 2016

Fathers day #wearedadstoo

17th June 2016

Behaviour management

20th May 2016

Weaning

27th April 2016

Managing the Nursery – through the eyes of a new Mum

4th April 2016

Being a new mum

29th February 2016

Going back to work

2nd February 2016

The importance of play.

12th January 2016

Two year checks: understanding the EYFS

30th November 2015

Characteristics of effective learning: understanding the EYFS

23rd November 2015

Specific areas of learning: understanding the EYFS

16th November 2015

Prime areas of learning: Understanding the EYFS

9th November 2015

Developmental matters : Understanding the EYFS

2nd November 2015

Statutory framework : understanding the EYFS

26th October 2015

Early Years Foundation stage : understanding the EYFS

19th October 2015

Having pets

14th September 2015

Transitions

4th August 2015

Staying safe in the sun

30th June 2015

Smile!

7th April 2015

Fussy eaters . . .

24th February 2015