***NEWSFLASH*** New Government Guidance for Parents

The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) have just released new draft guidance on ‘Home Childcare (HC)’. The draft guidance for local authority children’s services comes as a result of concerns by Ofsted that all children in England should have the right to:

  • be ‘protected from all forms of violence, abuse and bad treatment by their parents or anyone else who looks after them’ (Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child/UNCRC);
  • relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities’ (Article 31 of UNCRC);
  • a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical and social needs and support their development’ (Article 27 of UNCRC)

Please note, the guidance will be particularly relevant to those parents who do not use registered childcare in the early years, and for those that do not access registered childcare provision during school holidays, in the evenings or at weekends; but it will also cover all parents, family members, neighbours and friends who, at any time, have responsibility for the care of a child. Read more

Letting go of the ‘shoulds’

Life is full of ‘shoulds’. From what you should be eating and drinking to the exercise you should be getting; the deals you should be getting on your utilities or insurances, to the charities you should be donating to… Should, should , should. When you become a parent a whole new deluge of shoulds descends. Not only should you be doing this, that and the other to ensure that your offspring will grow up to be the next Einstein, Van Gogh, Beckham or Mozart but they should also be fitting into complicated schedules and hitting milestone after milestone. Read more

Challenges always result in learning

1440447781788I’m still here blogging, this is the 6th consecutive day of my blogging challenge… woo hoo! It has certainly been a challenge so far but after yesterday’s wobble I’m going to stop over-thinking things and just write what’s on my mind or what we’ve been up to.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what a challenge actually is. There are many things in life that can change you as a person. Some things, such as bereavement or traumas can completely de-rail us, and often we are very different people after. But such life altering events, for me, are not challenges. We have no control over them and are swept along on a tide of emotion. We are not making choices. There are no end results we are trying to achieve other than to stay afloat. Read more