15 Feb The Five Skills Your Child Might Miss Out On By Not Being At Nursery
Making the decision to leave your little one at a nursery is tough; are you letting them down, passing responsibility to strangers, will they miss you terribly, what if they don’t make friends?
But being at nursery is a fantastic opportunity to mix with children of a similar age and interact with adults which will set them on the path to pre-school, school and beyond.
Which leads us onto our first skill.
This year more than any other has seen us confined to home, away from friends and family and we’ve all become used to our own company. But, as adults, we have years of social skills to draw on. For children, kept away from friends and family, their social skills are limited.
Learning to interact with others, share and resolve minor conflicts without your intervention are all important life skills. Learning to engage with nursery staff -who will not have the shorthand parents have with their children – means little ones will have to develop their language skills to make themselves understood.
Overcoming separation issues
For many children, stepping inside their Reception year classroom is the first time they’ve been apart from either Mum or Dad in unfamiliar surroundings. We think overcoming that challenge at an earlier stage will make the first few days or weeks at school a much more positive experience for the whole family.
Our Greenwich and Honor Oak nurseries put together unique induction plans for your child making sure that our settings are a home away from home and you’d be surprised how quickly little ones recover from being dropped into their nursery class – floods of tears are quickly followed by happy giggles and smiles!
Healthy eating habits
If your little one is refusing to eat certain foods, throws disliked food across the kitchen or just makes mealtimes a battle, it’s tempting to give in just so you can be sure they’ve eaten something or to avoid a tantrum.
Here at Little Cubs Academy; both our Greenwich Nursery and Honor Oak Nursery have qualified chefs in the kitchens ensuring all the children are given the tasty, nutritious meals, some of which ingredients are grown by the children themselves. This encourages everyone to try foods they may refuse at home, particularly if their friends are enjoying them. We also include a wide range of different seasonal fruits and vegetables to increase the range of ingredients they recognise, as well as teaching the art of harvesting produce in our outdoor growing area.
Mobility and fine motor skills
Children develop at their own pace but if you have several children you will probably have noticed that the younger ones are keen to catch up with their older siblings so will often develop more quickly than your firstborn.
Little Cubs Academy take children from 3 months to almost 5 years old so there are plenty of children with better mobility to hold onto or fine motor skills to try to copy. We include play to develop fine motor skills such as cutting and sticking and pasta pictures and include age-appropriate technology and natural toys in our learning plans.
For older children, we help them master tying their own shoelaces, hanging up their coat and practicing writing skills to build their confidence ready for starting school.
A nursery is a busy environment and for children to understand what’s happening next, they have to develop their listening skills. At home, they know that if they don’t listen, you’ll ask or tell them several times but at nursery, there isn’t that certainty and once they start actively listening, they’ll be more attuned to listening in other environments.
If you’re making decisions about whether nursery is the right environment for your little one, do get in touch with us and book a viewing at either of our Greenwich or Honor Oak settings. Our Little Cubs Academy settings are a fun place to learn, play and grow.