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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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How to prepare your child for nursery

What can you do to prepare your child for their first day at nursery?

The first day at nursery for your children can be incredibly difficult, not just for the children but also for yourself. Use these fantastic tips to help ease the pressure and make it easier for your child to be happy at preschool.

Boost their confidence

Socialising is a skill that we all need, as humans, for basic communication. It’s the basis of our development and whilst we all naturally learn it, it can take some children a lot longer to learn their social skills compared to others. If you can teach your child the idea of taking turns with toys and sharing them to others, they should have a much better time settling into nursery. Be patient, as children won’t learn right away that sharing is needed. Always remind your children to be friendly and share, as children are bound to squabble over toys. If you don’t know many mothers with children, you can always join a mother and toddler group, which is a fantastic way of introducing your child into socialising with other kids.

Having a friend may help them settle into the nursery environment

Having a friend may help them settle into the nursery environment

Teach them basic skills

If your child is going to be eating at nursery, it’s a good idea to teach them the basics of feeding themselves. They’re going to have to use a knife and fork, so practise with them at home. Don’t expect your child to be able to cut their own food up, as nursery staff will do this for them. Also, make them aware of any allergies you child may have to avoid icky tummies!

Make visits prior to their start date

Like anything, your child will need to familiarise with their new environments before they’ll begin to feel content about spending time in the nursery. You should try and book visits to the nursery before consider starting their, just to see how they cope with spending time away from you for a few hours. When you get back, be sure to talk with your child about how great the school will be, what they’ll do their, what trips they’ll go on etc.

Their start day may be difficult, so here’s how to cope!

Allow plenty of time for your child to get settled before leaving instantly. Go into the nursery with them; make sure they’re comfortable and relaxed, as this should hopefully allow you to avoid unnecessary crying!

It’s perfectly natural to feel a little emotional at the site of your child going into nursery, but don’t let it show. Children will pick up on your feelings of negativity.

Be honest with your little one, as they’ll know when you’re telling fibs! Explain to them that you’ll be back at a certain time and you’ll see them very soon.

Do you have any tips you’d like to add? Tell them to us in the comments below!

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