Types of childcare

You might be a parent who doesn’t have any idea of the type of child care you would want your child to have. Here are the types of day care services available.

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Children and families are all different – but you can be sure that there’s a childcare choice out there for everyone!

Whether you are looking for group-based childcare, or want one-to-one care for your child, read on to find out more about the options open to you.

Registered childminders
Registered childminders are self-employed childcare professionals who work in their own homes caring for other people’s children. They care for small numbers of children in their home-setting and will often care for a range of ages.

They are able to take easy advantage of real-life learning experiences like outings to the park and library. Just like other forms of registered childcare, childminders are regulated and inspected by Ofsted in England, and CSSIW in Wales. Some childminders are able to offer free, funded, early education sessions for 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds. Find out more about registered childminding.

Hear from one mum about why she chose a registered childminder.

Nannies
Nannies are employed by parents to care for their children in the parental home. They care for smaller numbers of children (usually siblings) and can take care of all aspects of looking after your child including caring for their clothes and possessions and cooking their food. Many families work in a nanny-share arrangement, providing childcare to more than one family. Find out more about nannies.

Day nurseries

Day nurseries look after and educate children from 3 months to 5 years and tend to open from 8.00am to 6.00pm, but some are open even longer hours. Most are open from Monday to Friday, but a few now open at weekends to help support parents’ different working patterns. Day nurseries operate all year round, usually with the exception of bank holidays. Some nurseries close between Christmas and New Year, while others remain open. Most offer the free early education places that are available to 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds. Find out more about day nurseries.
Pre-schools
Pre-schools provide play and education sessions for children between 2 and 5. Most pre-schools will be open five mornings a week, with some providing afternoon sessions as well. Some have flexibility on the sessions your child can attend, while others are more structured with children attending five full mornings or five full afternoons. Pre-schools …

 

Read more: https://www.pacey.org.uk/parents/choosing-great-childcare/types-of-childcare/

A Green and Sustainable Living

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It is revealed in many statistics the fact that the earth is worsening and how the environment is being degraded by the human acts. Many people are not even having the understandings that we couldn’t reverse the planet as it was before. Sustainability isn’t in their vocabulary!

This is the time to wake up from your deep sleep and become part of the “going green” campaign to minimize the carbon footprint and protect planet earth. Carbon footprint is actually the greenhouse gas emissions of the companies, occasion, product or service or person. Your every single action and inappropriate decision had the ability to add up to the negative condition of the environment.

You’ll find three facets of your life that contribute to the 75% of environmental damages. According to experts, they’re listed here in order of priority:

• The food we eat
• Ways of transport
• Energy and water consumptions at home and outdoors

Our contribution to the earth conservation won’t just stop on planting trees or engaging in organizations, it really begins at your home. Annually, 20% of the carbon footprints came from home activities such as food preparation, cooling and heating and utilization of electrical appliances and gadgets. If you think that the energy consumption and transportation are the big factors, then you’re definitely wrong. It’s also contributed by the our choice of product or service and food items.

Buy local products. The reason behind it is that research indicates that chemical farming utilizes significantly more energy per unit of production than organic farming, that do not make use of these chemical inputs. Processing and shipping these chemicals uses substantial amount of energy and generates greenhouse gases.

You happen to be also learning about how our shopping practices affect the earth. Have a list of your acquisitions for the week of for a month to ensure you wouldn’t be heading often to the stores and buy goods that are not processed. That way of shopping is better both for humans and the environment.

Almost everyone talks about ensuring you’re having five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Meat, that has greater embodied energy, water and transport emissions than vegetables, is among the simplest ways to lessen greenhouse gas emissions. Certainly, not every person is prepared to embrace that theory. Some individuals pride themselves on being “meat and potatoes” people. You could try to place in mind of the concept of having once a week that you may not eat meat. In the end, the idea of having “Meatless Monday” can be exciting.

Going green is not just great for the environment; it’s also useful to you. Sustainable lifestyle improves a resident’s overall quality of life by improving air and water quality and reducing carbon footprint. If we desire our future generations to savor the same standard of living we’ve encountered today, we must take action and begin making a change. If all will take part on it, only then we can have a better place to share with our future generation.

How to kill mosquitoes naturally

“Mosquitoes can really take the fun out of spending time in the yard. Not only do they ruin summer days and evenings leaving everyone annoyed and itchy, in recent years they have become a real cause for health concerns due to mosquito-borne illness. Depending on your situation you may not be able to get rid of the flying bugs completely but there’s a lot you can do to minimize the influx. Here’s an overview of how to control mosquitoes in your home’s outdoor area. We have separated old wives tales from science-backed remedies, fiction from fact. The result,  16 tips that actually work. Based on research, pest experts, and user experiences.”

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Ahhhh. The sounds of summer: the crash of ocean waves, the crackle and bang of Fourth of July fireworks, the sizzle of burgers on the grill.

Unfortunately, the sounds of summer also include the whine of pesky mosquitoes. But there is plenty you can do to turn down the volume so that you can enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer.

Learning how to kill mosquitoes naturally is important beyond ensuring a comfortable backyard cookout. Mosquitoes present a health risk to everyone in the family – even Fido. Mosquito-borne diseases – which kill 1 million people worldwide every year – include malaria, yellow fever, encephalitis and, more commonly in the United States, West Nile Virus. Mosquitoes also carry heartworm, a life-threatening disease for dogs.

So, it’s worth the effort to control and kill mosquitoes around your house and to reduce your risk of getting bit. Here are some tips for mosquito control:

Read more: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/how-to-kill-mosquitoes-naturally

How to Get Permanent Marker Out of Clothes

“When dealing with ink stains, the most important thing to keep in mind is to take steps to remove it as soon as possible because old, dried stains are stubborn and extremely difficult to get rid of. Most ink and permanent marker stains can be removed with the help of the following.”

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Whether you’re enjoying a fun and creative day with the kids at the weekend, or are helping out with a school project, permanent markers are a must-have item in any craft cupboard. They help keep your kid’s artwork looking bright and vibrant for longer and are handy for labelling items, but they do have a downside – the stains! The good news is that although permanent marker inks are long lasting, their stains don’t have to be. Here’s a handy guide to help you tackle permanent marker removal.

Why is Removing Permanent Marker Different to Removing Pen Ink?

Whereas regular ballpoint pens and many felt tip pens designed for kids are water-based, permanent markers are oil-based or alcohol-based. These oils and alcohols are called ‘carriers’, and they help the ink stick to a surface, and stay there. The carriers are water-resistant, so the bond between the carriers and the surface cannot be broken through the use of water alone. While flushing ballpoint pen stains with water will often produce great results, you’ll need to have some extra products on hand for dealing with permanent ink stains.

Read more: https://www.persil.co.uk/laundry-tips/how-to-get-permanent-marker-out-of-clothes/

21 Things Humans Do That Dogs Hate

“Pet owners everywhere will empathize with the need to know our dogs’ likes and dislikes, in spite of the looks that tell us that we might be pampering them a bit. Knowing what you could be doing to annoy your dog is vital because that annoyance explains all the times he behaves out of turn. It allows you the time to make necessary changes to make living with your dog a little easier. We may be stepping on our dog’s toes in more ways than one. It’s easy to be clueless about what these little missteps are, especially since with do them out of genuine love and concern for Fido. To make our lives as pet owners a little easier, we can take a little time to get a grip on the little things that get a little on our dog’s nerves.”

Our dogs want to be our best friends. But, sometimes we make it very difficult for our fur friends without even realizing it. Find out how you can fix the annoying habits that drive dogs nuts!

21. USING WORDS INSTEAD OF BODY LANGUAGE

Let’s face it. We humans love to talk as we are vocal species. But we forget that our dogs are not vocal communicators. Other than simple commands like sit, walk, stay, treat,dogs can’t understand human language. They however have evolved to be expert body language readers.

So next time, try spending a whole day communicating with your dog by only using body language. Your dog will love you “talking” to her without using any sound.

20. KEEPING PROLONGED EYE CONTACT

Eye contact is very important for human interaction because it is a sign of trustworthiness. But, dogs perceive prolonged eye contact as domineering, unnerving and uncomfortable.

Next time when you try to say hello to a new dog, try to angle your body slightly when you are facing the dog, avoid prolonged eye contact, and speak softly. All these cues will let them know that you mean no harm.

Read more: http://viraldragon.com/animals/10-things-you-do-that-your-dog-hates/

10 Fun Things to do with Kids during a Blackout

“Power cuts, also known as power outages, blackouts or power failures, occur when an area is cut off from its electricity source. They can take place for a number of reasons, including network faults and damage caused by extreme weather. If you experience a power outage there are a couple of things you can do which may solve the problem right away. First have a look at your fuse box to make sure one of your fuses hasn’t tripped. If that doesn’t seem to be the issue then have a look at your neighbor’s homes. Are their lights off as well? If so it’s likely to be a network related problem and you will have to contact your Local Distribution Company (LDC).”

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No power? No problem. Wait a second, that means no Wii, no Xbox, no iPad, no DVD player? And you have two cranky kids? Run for it!

Parenting young children is difficult on any day. When boredom sets in and parents or caregivers need to finish chores, electronics sometimes become a temporary babysitter to keep kids busy. (Admit it, you’ve done it.) But when the lights go out, tantrums begin, as the electronic “nanny” vanishes.

But power outages are the perfect opportunity to have fun in an old-fashioned way and to encourage kids to amuse themselves using their creative abilities and minds. Along with the flashlights, batteries and candles, be prepared with fun activities and supplies that will keep the kids and family having fun when the lights go out. Share them with your nanny too, in case she’s watching your kids when a blackout hits.

Read more: https://www.care.com/a/10-fun-things-to-do-with-kids-during-a-blackout-1302220153

My friends & family don’t like my partner – what now?

You can’t always change your parents’ hearts and minds, and not all couples experience a blissful, stress-free family integration, especially in the early stages of a relationship. But who knows? Maybe everyone will come around in due time. For now, try these strategies to keep the peace while you find the balance between your new boyfriend and your own family’s expectations.No matter what the reason, where do you go from here when all hope of a happy, non-confrontational dating life that includes both boyfriend and family seems lost? Follow these four steps to get to the bottom of the conflict and heal the rift as best you can.”

So, you’ve found the partner of your dreams! You want this person to be a part of your future, the two of you have big plans for your lives together and naturally, you want to introduce this wonderful human being to your friends and family. The only problem is that your nearest and dearest don’t exactly share your fond views of your partner. What’re you to do?

Before you can work out how to handle the situation, you need to assess how serious it is.

Do your friends/family:

  1. Simply give off a strange vibe as if something is a little out of place when your partner is around?
    If so, read Situation 1.
  1. Express concerns/make negative comments about your partner to you?
    If so, read Situation 2.
  1. Make negative, passive-aggressive or undermining comments while your partner is in the room or to their face?
    If so, read Situation 3.
  1. Completely refuse to have anything to do with your partner, including making negative comments about them, issuing you ultimatums or deliberately excluding them from parties/events etc.?
    If so, read Situation 4.

Read more: http://www.eharmony.com.au/dating-advice/dating/my-friends-family-dont-like-my-partner-what-now#.VyV0zeIrLDc

How to get rid of mice without poisons or traps

“Mice are not fussy eaters, happily seeking out leftovers on worktops, tables and cupboards – potentially spreading pathogens and diseases such as Salmonella, Leptospirosis or Hantavirus, as they search for food. Mice will look for easy access to properties for food and shelter, any tiny gap will do. They search for easy, abundant sources of food and undisturbed areas to nest. By removing any easily available food sources, your property will be less attractive to them. You will also help to reduce possible food contamination risks and the spread of disease from a mouse infestation.”

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Let’s say you’ve found some holes in your cereal boxes that appear to have been made by tiny teeth. Or you’ve seen some other telltale … evidence that critters have been around. Yep, you’ve got mice. How in the world are you supposed to get rid of them?

First let’s get the old-school methods out of the way, the spring-loaded traps, poison and glue traps. They can be dangerous to you (think about your finger throbbing for days “Animaniacs”-style if you accidentally set one off), unnecessarily cruel (have you ever seen anything die of poison?) and leave you a mess to deal with (in the case of a critter dying in the walls behind your pantry).

If you’ve got a queasy stomach, though (or you’d rather not kill the mouse that’s been eating its way through your breakfast cereals), fear not. There are more Earth-friendly (and mouse-friendly) alternatives, which are also definitely a better option if you’ve got kids or pets at home.

Read more: http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/questions/how-to-get-rid-of-mice-without-poisons-or-traps

The Effect of a Broken Family on Development

“A family can consist of a father, mother, and children. They all live in the same house until they are old enough to leave. Broken Family is a family with children involved where parents are legally or illegally separated whose parents have decided to go and live their lives separately for several reasons/problems. A broken family is one where the parents (mother and father) of a child or children have split up and no longer share a single family home as a family unit. This is also known as a broken home. Have you ever heard the expression “A family who’s eats together stays together”? Well, that is true, but and emotionally broken up family means that the family has grown apart, fights all the time, doesn’t get along. It doesn’t just take a toll on the family, it takes a toll on the family members. No one wants a broken home. Even if they say they do.”

A broken family can negatively affect all domains of your child's development.

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension explains that the effects of a broken family on a child’s development depends on numerous factors, including her age when her parents separation, and on her personality and family relationships. Although infants and young children may experience few negative developmental effects, older children and teenagers may experience some problems in their social, emotional and educational functioning.

Emotional

After a divorce, children from pre-school through late adolescence can experience deficits in emotional development. Children of all ages may seem tearful or depressed, which is a state that can last several years after a child’s parents’ have separated, explains psychologist Lori Rappaport. Additionally, some older children may show very little emotional reaction to their parents’ divorce. Rappaport explains that this may not be developmentally beneficial. Some children who show little emotional response are actually bottling up their negative feelings. This emotional suppression makes it difficult for parents, teachers and therapists to help the child process her feelings in developmentally appropriate ways.

Educational

Slowed academic development is another common way that divorce affects children. The emotional stress of a divorce alone can be enough to stunt your child’s academic progress, but the lifestyle changes and instability of a broken family can contribute to poor educational outcomes. This poor academic progress can stem from a number of factors, including instability in the home environment, inadequate financial resources and inconsistent routines.

Read more: http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/effect-broken-family-development-5183.html