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How were nurseries invented?

Nurseries are common place in the modern day, but where did they first originate?

The concept of the nursery has been one that started in the 1800’s. Today, it’s common place for young children to attend a nursery in order to further their development and help prepare them for their academic career. So, with the idea of nurseries being widely accepted in modern day, just how did they get started? Find out in our latest blog!

The UK started a trend…

The idea of schooling children has been around for a while in the UK before Margaret McMillan, a Christian with an approach on child development, had the idea of not only had the idea of teaching children but also toddlers and younger. Swapping the concept of sense training and health focus for that of play and self-activity, McMillan introduced a whole new range of child development techniques used in the 1800’s. She’s widely regarded as the originator of the Nursery schooling concept, being a driving force behind child education at the time. Margaret’s sister, Rachel McMillan, also helped her sibling with the nursery concept, opening an open-air nursery in a rundown area of London in 1913. It was around that time that similar methods of teaching would develop in countries such as the USA and Italy, aiming to provide educational methods of aid to children living in poverty.

The development of American nurseries

The idea of nurseries spread rapidly throughout the United States, although the first nursery schools to be built were all privately financed, often being sponsored by universities across the country. Each nursery held a different approach towards the education of children and this was clear to see in their methods of child study. Unlike the nurseries across the UK, American establishments would cater towards the upper and middle-class children of society, whose mothers weren’t participating in paid labour. In the 1920s, the co-op nursery school was developed in the United States, something that focused on the parents aiding in the running of the nursery.

Although the idea of nursery schooling was widely accepted by the public education system throughout the 20th century, the concept was limited in its resources through its cost and the idea that the best place for children to be, when under schooling age, would be at home with their mother. Exceptions were made for children in poor urban areas and also in times of national emergency, notably in both the Great Depression and WWII.

The development of nurseries would continue for a number of years after, with projects like “War on Poverty” aiming to directly fund the educational aspect of children across their respective country and even the world. The continued increase in this area has seen the schooling systems of countries worldwide deliver outstanding knowledge and preparation to children everywhere.

So, what do you think? Is a nursery a vital part of a child’s education and can it be used to give them an advantage in early life?

Let us know in the comments below!

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Five top reasons for sending your child to a nursery

So, why exactly should you send your little ones to nursery?

It promotes social activities

One of the main benefits of sending your child to nursery is the preparation it has on your child school life. Depending on where you send your child, nursery’s aren’t specifically the most cost effective places in the world, yet the social benefit is gives your children is immense. They’re mixing with children in their own age group, so they’ll be much better equipped to dealing with other children when the time comes.

It’s always good to find a balance in this sense, as although nursery is a fantastic place for your children to be, they’ll still need to spend time with parents.

Get more quality time with your little ones

As they all say, absence makes the heart grow fonder… right? Having time away from your little ones is not only good for you, as you’ll be able to spend some time on yourself, but you’ll also feel way more relaxed with them when they come home, giving yourself more energy and more time to play with them.

There's lots of fun to be had at nursery for your little ones!

There’s lots of fun to be had at nursery for your little ones!

Potty training may become easier?

It’s possible that, whilst at nursery, your little ones can pick up more skills than you would’ve thought possible. For example, did you know that children can become more accepting of the idea of potty training whilst at nursery?

Nursery staff reinforce the idea of potty training to your children time and time again, so when it comes to it they should take to it with more ease and understanding. Although we’re not saying that potty training is the main reason you should send your child to nursery, it certainly is a massive help when trying to explain to your children the importance of using a potty.

Encourages playing and sharing

The good thing about sending your children to nursery is that it’ll increase their love of being outdoors, as well as giving them time to be active. A toddler who is active is more likely to remain active later on in life, so it’s important to encourage your children to be active both indoors and outdoors.

The benefits of ‘messy play’

One of the biggest benefits of sending your little one to nursery is that they can have as much messy play as they want, and the best thing is, you don’t have to be the one to clean it up! Now, children can have a form of messy play at home, as we’re sure there are walls in your home that can show evidence of this, but at the same time children can experience a wider range of messy play at nursery than they can at home, with activities including water, paint, paper, glue and sand.

So, what do you think? Are you convinced? Would you send your child to nursery based on this?

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Children Benefit more from going to Nursery

 

There has been much controversy over children going to nurseries from a young age and it was once believed that it could harm your child’s behavioural problems/development. But studies have been made again and again which all suggest a child’s childhood benefits massively from going to nursery.

So how do children benefit when going to Nursery? 

When toddlers and children go to nursery it helps form many skills such as listening, speaking, structured learning and social building, this is a massive improvement compared to toddlers which don’t go to nursery.

It’s in fact very encouraged by the Government in England for toddlers/children to attend any form of pre-schools from nurseries to playschools. This is because it’s a valuable opportunity for children to experience making new friends and get involved with various activities… last but not least you as a parents can get a well deserved break!

 

What will children learn in Nursery? 

With any nursery or playschool there’s a foundation stage of early education put in place so that it’s in fact a learning environment too, this scheme is aimed at children under the age of 5. With any child under the age of 5 there’s six early learning goals so that children are able to build on their learning skills within nursery… these six areas are below:

  • Physical development.
  • Personal, social and emotional development.
  • Communication, language and literacy.
  • Mathematical development.
  • Creative development.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world.

Through these 6 different areas there’s a wide range of activities to keep children interactive, allowing them to choose their own activity or to develop and get involved with children in group activities such as music, arts, playing and crafting.