Debunking Child Brain Development Myths
London School of Childcare Studies
by LSCS
2w ago
In the fascinating world of child development and neuroscience, myths and misconceptions abound, often leading to misunderstandings about how children learn, grow and develop. Though sometimes well-intentioned, these myths can perpetuate unrealistic expectations, or misguide parents and caregivers in nurturing young minds. Let’s look into some common myths surrounding brain development and intelligence in children, unravelling the truth backed by scientific research and insights from experts in the field. Myth: We only use 10% of our brains Reality: This myth is entirely false Modern neuro ..read more
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Nurturing Every Child: Blending Classical and Postmodern Insights
London School of Childcare Studies
by LSCS
2M ago
By Michael Cresswell In the vibrant world of early childhood care, understanding your child’s needs and behaviours is both a science and an art. Theories in child development have long offered us windows into the intricate processes of growing up. But what if we told you that combining the wisdom of classical theories with the fresh perspectives of postmodern thought could illuminate even brighter paths for nurturing our little ones? Classical and Postmodern: A Symphony of Theories Classical theories in child development, brought to life by luminaries like Jean Piaget, John Bowlby and Erik Eri ..read more
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The Childminder Start-up Grant Scheme
London School of Childcare Studies
by LSCS
3M ago
The Childminder Start-up Grant Scheme is now open.  The Scheme will support new childminders by providing them with grant funding, worth £7.2m over the next two financial years, helping childminders with the cost of setting up their own businesses. The Childminder Start-up Grants Scheme will be available to all new childminders who have completed their registration on or after 15th March 2023.  Eligibility Criteria and Application Process:  you must have commenced your childminding journey after 15 March 2023. operate as childminders in England have completed Ofsted or child ..read more
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Bridging the Divide
London School of Childcare Studies
by LSCS
7M ago
Bridging the Divide “Bridging the Divide” is a term coined by Dr Gordon Neufeld, a renowned psychologist and expert in child development and attachment theory. It refers to the process of maintaining and strengthening the emotional connection between parents or caregivers and children during moments of separation. The concept acknowledges that break can be challenging for children, and it seeks to ease this transition by emphasising the importance of the emotional bond.   Critical Principles of Bridging the Divide: Anticipating Reunion: When children are about to exp ..read more
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Morning Connection
London School of Childcare Studies
by LSCS
7M ago
Attachment and Morning Connection: Attachment is fundamental to human development, particularly in childhood. It refers to the emotional bond formed between a child and their primary caregivers, typically parents. This attachment is a secure base from which children explore the world and develop emotionally. A secure attachment gives children a sense of safety, trust, and confidence in their caregivers, which in turn helps them build healthy relationships, regulate their emotions, and navigate life’s challenges.   Morning Connection: The morning connection is a crucial component of ..read more
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Emotional Echoes: How Children Tune into Our Feelings
London School of Childcare Studies
by LSCS
9M ago
As caregivers, educators, and professionals, our role in supporting children’s emotional well-being goes beyond understanding their Window of Tolerance.  We must also cultivate our emotional awareness and regulate the state of our nervous system. Why is this crucial? Because, as caregivers, our emotional state can significantly impact the children we care for. Children are incredibly perceptive and attuned to the emotional cues of the adults around them. If we, as caregivers are stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, our nervous system can inadvertently transmit these emotions to the child ..read more
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Understanding Neuroception: A Powerful Tool for Working with Children
London School of Childcare Studies
by LSCS
9M ago
Introduction: Neuroception, a term referring to the subconscious detection of environmental safety or threat, is gaining attention in child development. Assessing safety is often a conscious process for adults, but it only sometimes straightforward for children still learning to interpret their surroundings. Understanding neuroception can significantly impact how we support children in feeling safe and secure, leading to better learning, exploration, and healthier relationships.   Creating a Safe and Predictable Environment:Children thrive on routine and predictability. By establishing ..read more
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Nurturing Emotional Resilience Understanding the Window of Tolerance
London School of Childcare Studies
by LSCS
9M ago
As professionals, caregivers, and educators, we know each child has a unique emotional landscape. Children’s emotions can be incredibly dynamic, influenced by various factors such as their developmental stage, experiences, and environment. Understanding and responding to their emotions with sensitivity is crucial in supporting their well-being and healthy development. The Window of Tolerance, developed by Dr Dan Siegel, provides a valuable framework for comprehending a child’s emotional regulation. It portrays a child’s emotional state along a continuum encompassing three zones: green, red ..read more
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New SACN report published on feeding children from 1 to 5
London School of Childcare Studies
by Kris Kasperkiewicz
10M ago
I recently attended the Nutrition Society Summer conference 2023 and I was fortunate enough to hear about the very new SACN report on feeding young children aged 1 to 5. This follows on from the prior report on feeding infants from 0 to 1, published in 2018 First off, who is SACN? SACN, the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, advises the Office for Health Improvements and Disparities and other UK government organisations. Their remit is focussed on Nutrient content of individual foods and on diet as a whole Nutritional status of people in the UK Nutritional issues affecting wider p ..read more
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Behind the scenes of being a professional sleep practitioner
London School of Childcare Studies
by LSCS-moderator
10M ago
Introduction Welcome to the world of sleep practitioners. In the world where parents, early years professionals, health visitors, occupational therapists and many other professionals are learning to become qualified sleep practitioners and get a deeper understanding of sleep health. As a sleep practitioner, much time, effort, and organisation go into developing the necessary skills and expertise to take on this role. In this blog, I want to share some of my experiences and take you behind the scenes of being a professional sleep consultant. What is a professional sleep practitioner? A sleep pr ..read more
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