December 28, 2018 by Leahchowdhry 0 Comments

Are high staff turnover rates in Childcare affecting the children? Will this create a future generation of ‘Snowflakes 2.0’?

 

At Pop Up, Party & Play we have had a 0% staff turnover rate from the moment we opened our doors. Although this is a great achievement for us as a company it cannot be said across the board within childcare. With high turnover rates being recorded in childcare settings, professionals are now beginning to highlight the damage this can have on a child’s development. Those specialising in child development warn of the effect increasing staff turnover rate can have, with early attachments being a crucial factor into the growth of a child’s confidence and development of learning goals. Staff regularly leaving results in a lack of continuity care and can leave children without the early attachments that are needed to thrive. Even as adults we don’t like change; I myself am a creature of habit and hate change, so one must wonder as a child what the impact must be.

 

Now the big question is why?

 

Early Years Careers state there are three main reasons for such a high turnover rate: Work conditions/ hours, pay and paperwork. Although some are unavoidable (paperwork is a must), we should all be asking why something is not being done for the people who allow us working parents to earn a living. With childcare costs steadily increasing why are childcare employees’ pay not rising at the same rate? In a recent report by Education Policy Institute, childcare professionals earn 40% less than the average female worker.

 

This then bares the question is gender stereotyping to blame? 7.4% of workers within the childcare sector are male, although only 1.8% of these are nursery nurses and assistants. As a woman’s place is no longer ‘with the children’ and more women are choosing to enter the corporate world, one must wonder who is replacing them.

 

The millennial generation are said to be ‘snowflakes’, soft childlike adults that are emotionally vulnerable, expect immediate results and can’t manage the tasks that come with adult life. What if our early development was to blame after all? Will this mean we see a repeat in history, the dreaded Snowflakes 2.0?

December 28, 2018 by Leahchowdhry 0 Comments

Make Sensory Bags in 4 minutes to keep your children entertained for hours!

Keep your children entertained for hours. In just 4 minutes our founder Leah Chowdhry shows how you can make sensory bags for your little ones! 

 

December 28, 2018 by Leahchowdhry 0 Comments

What age should a child get a phone?

 

The topic of mobile phones for children has always been a controversial topic; at what age should children get one? Should they be allowed smart phones? Are parents responsible for monitoring their use of it?

 

There are no actual laws in regards to the age children can legally have mobile phones but only an age restriction on the purchase age of a contract. Therefore you would assume they have no detrimental effects and it is just due to personal choice however that may not be the case. Research has found just a 2-minute phone call can alter the electoral activity of a child’s brain for up to an hour, and in turn impair their learning ability and other behavioural activity.

 

Moreover, the WHO have claimed that phone radiation is ‘possibly carcinogenic to humans’, children absorb over 60% of radiation they’re exposed to into their brains compared to adults and are therefore more susceptible to cancer.

 

The research I have found has encouraged me to realise the lack of guidance out there for parents, yes policy changes have reserved the use of Instagram and Facebook until the age of 13 years, however there is nothing to enforce this and children can simply change their year of birth. The figures even agree as 50% of 12 year olds claim to be using social media. The culture of social media has only enforced the stigma that children must have cell phones as 51% of six to thirteen year olds reported having a cell phone in Germany. But truly should the average age for children to have phones be 10.3 years?

 

Children’s growth and development is so important they should have access to alternatives that test their mind and encourage its growth which is vital to development. Phones should not be as important as they are to children who are with the people they communicate with at school; they do not stimulate and can have detrimental effects which can be avoided easily. Surely hold off on phones as long as possible?