Jacqueline Taylor, mum of two, has been working in Early Childhood Education for 19 years. She currently works for footsteps - a nationwide service offering home-based childcare and free 1:1 learning programmes to give children the best start. As a qualified ECE teacher, she is especially interested in working with under 3s to understand and help them develop a strong foundation for the future.
Writers: Jacqueline Taylor
Children have fun learning and bonding, which develops a sense of confidence and security. As a Footsteps kaiako (teacher) of children in home based childcare, I have learnt thatĀ having fun not only brings joy to your child’s day, but yours too. As a parent or in home childcare provider you should let your inhibitions go, be a bit silly, forget the mess and join in with play wholeheartedly. Here are some fun indoor activities that you can do with your under twos to encourage learning through play: Continue reading »
What sort of toys and gifts did your child receive at birth or their first birthday? If they are a boy it is likely their gifts featured lots of blue, pictures of trucks and slogans on tee shirts such as āhere comes troubleā or ālittle dudeā. Girlās gifts are likely to be fluffy, pink and include slogans such as ādivaā or āprincessā. Right from birth children are getting messages, both positively and negatively about what it means to be a boy or a girl. Continue reading »
Why is it that some children love to write and draw and for others itās a struggle to get them to even pick up a pencil? As a teacher of children in home based childcare I have learnt that they are all unique with their own strengths and interests, and are each individual in the way they learn.Ā It is important to recognise that there are many different learning styles and many children lean towards one, while also being a combination of others. Continue reading »
This month, we are going birthday crazy at Footsteps to celebrate the launch of āFootsteps Birthday Celebrations.ā We are holding a birthday celebration every day of the year through the Footsteps Foundation for the pre-school children we support in partnership with Child, Youth and Family. Ā By creating a unique and personalised celebration, our home-based early childhood teachers will reinforce to each child how unique and special they are. Continue reading »
Pets are often a part of the family, and for children they can be their best and most unconditional friend. As a home-based early childhood teacher/kaiako for Footsteps I am often asked for helpful hints for how to help little oneās through the grief of loosing a family pet. Here are some of the ways that I suggest you guide your children through this grief and change.
Fussy eating in preschool age children is very common, and a source of great frustration to many parents and caregivers. Picky eating is one of the most discussed behaviours in my work as an early childhood teacher with Footsteps so here are some of my top tips to overcome the problem and make mealtimes a breeze.
Crying is your babyās way of communicating. Ā Their cry tells you āI need youā. Your baby will not be āspoiltā if you attend to its cry, rather your baby will develop a secure bond and attachment. Many studies have shown that babies whose cries are attended to promptly and consistently cry less.
Babies donāt cry for āno reasonā, they are hardwired to cry so that their needs are met. Sometimes finding out what your baby is trying to tell you through their crying is a challenge, especially in those early months so here are some common reasons as to why your baby might be crying.
With Childrenās Day just around the corner on Sunday the 3rd March, we thought you might appreciate 10 ideas on how to celebrate this special day with your precious little ones.
1. Attend a free Childrenās Day event. Childrenās Day neednāt be expensive – there are loads of events happening throughout the country, hereās some of our top picks: Continue reading »
The years leading up to school strongly influence your childās attitudes and abilities towards reading. A home where stories are treasured and shared and where books are at a childās level and explored daily will build a great foundation for literacy. Equally those first few weeks and months at school are important for your child in developing an enjoyment of reading, a positive attitude to learning and starting off as a confident reader. If you create a calm and positive environment where your child wants to read and feels confident in their abilities, these positive attitudes will flow on to their future years at school. Continue reading »