Wednesday, 31 March 2021

A Quick Look at the EYFS Age Group

The strongest of castles have arisen from the most solid of foundations. If we translate this into the world of childcare, it is clear to see that behaviours at a very young age will inevitably impact how a child interacts with the outside world as he or she begins to grow up. Some will even argue that these formative years will have a massive impact upon the child upon reaching adulthood. The age group associated with these early stages is commonly referred to by the acronym EYFS. It is a good idea to take a closer look at this concept as well as what children will learn. We will then move on to discuss some powerful assessment strategies that are now employed. 

What Ages are Associated with the EYFS Group?

EYFS is an abbreviation for "Early Years Foundation Stage". While the exact ages may differ slightly, they are generally categorised between zero and five years. As you may have already guessed, this is when a child will learn the basic fundamentals of life. Important skill sets will likewise be developed during this time frame. So, how does a child acquire such knowledge when we consider the fact that he or she is very young?

Games, Play and More

Many of the skills which a child will acquire during these years are the results of simple games and playing with others. However, there is a bit more than meets the eye in this respect. Within educational settings, children will also be taught a handful of additional fundamentals including:

  • Language and communication.

  • Interpersonal and social development.

  • Physical development.

  • Basic maths.

  • Personal expression and the arts.

So, we now come to the next relevant question. How will childcare professionals monitor these metrics in order to better determine how a child is developing?

Observational Techniques

It is first important to mention that children will not be tested during the EYFS years. Instead, professionals will assess their development through passive forms of monitoring. The behaviour of the child will therefore not be altered during the process. One of the most common ways involves tracking observation (taking notes and recording details that can be used to understand behavioural patterns). As technology now comes into play, tools such as those developed by www.tinytracker.co.uk have become extremely useful. Some other options which will often be used by childcare experts include time tracking and narrative stories. 

We can think of the EYFS years as the time in the life of a child when he or she develops the fundamentals required in order to interact with the world. Of course, every child tends to develop at a different pace. This is why observing this stage is important when determining if any extra guidance may be required. During this formative time period, the very ways in which a child views the world are inextricably shaped. So, appreciating how this child is coping is obviously crucial in regards to long-term development. 

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

How much to spend on an engagement ring?

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Thinking of popping the question to your beloved and pondering how much to spend on the engagement ring? 

 

When you decide to declare your love and ask ‘the one’  would they do you the honour and marry you, a big consideration is the engagement ring. As well as thinking about the style of ring, the cost of the ring is a big consideration. 

 

Similar to the style of the ring chosen, how much you decide to spend on the ring is a personal choice. Financial situations are different for everyone which can impact on the size of your engagement ring budget. Plus opinions on the importance of an expensive ring can differ, perhaps you think ‘the ring’ has to be an impressive sparkler showcasing a beautiful cut, colour and clarity with a big price tag or on the other hand you might think saving your money for the wedding or future together as a married couple is more important and opt for a modest, reasonably priced engagement ring.

 

Whilst everyone will have a different number for the cost of an engagement ring there are a few ways that people decide on the amount they want to spend. Take a look below at some of the ways that people decide on how much to spend on engagement rings.

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Louby Lou Magic Words bracelet review

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Words have power. They can hurt and be negative but they can also empower and provide positivity. Words can be special and important to us; being inspiring, encouraging, a positive reminder or a light in the darkness of poor mental health. 


As words can be magical Louby Lou, a popular children’s entertainer in the North West of England, created the Magic Word bracelet.

Carry your magic word bracelet with you every day to inspire you, encourage you and to remind you that you are brilliant, you are enough and you are magic!

Sunday, 14 March 2021

7 Tips To Save On Your Next Move

Moving is not just stressful but can also be an expensive exercise. Most of us have a tight budget that we have to follow when relocating. Being able to save costs can help you hire professionals even if you are on a budget.

7 Top savings tips for moving include:

1. Downsize

The size of your move (the number of household goods) will affect the cost of your move in different ways. The more you have, the bigger the moving van or truck will be, which will cost more. It's also going to take longer to load and unload your belongings, meaning you pay more for an hourly rate. 

So, get rid of furniture and other items that are broken, damaged, or that you never use. You can dispose of the items, give them away or sell them. Go to pawn shops or hold a yard sale. You can use the money that you make from the sales towards your moving budget.