This week we celebrated Valentine’s Day with all our children, we have enjoyed getting creative with our cards and baking fabulous cakes.
Valentine’s Day in the early years helps promote a child’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED). Here at Paintpots Manchester we promote equality and diversity and use Valentine’s Day to help children express feelings for the ones they love, while also encouraging relationships with people from all backgrounds including race and religion. By promoting positive relationships in our setting, this strives for a better outcome in the child’s life and encourages the children to have a better understanding of social relationships when in nurseries or school environments, which then develop their relationship building for later life.
We introduced baking to our celebrations to encourage basic life skills, including discussion on why our bodies need food as well as the risks to take care for. It also promoted a child’s mathematic skills by measuring and adding ingredients.
We encouraged shape recognition when introducing our crafts by looking at heart and rectangle shapes for our cards, and we introduced colour recognition through the craft activities using a variety of resources including: paints, crayons, chalks and felt tips.
When celebrating any occasion, we ensure children are learning through all the areas of development. We also track every child’s characteristics of early learning (COEL) when engaging in an activity to promote their outcomes. We strive to see children reach their potentials and enjoy watching them achieve what they set out to do.
Here at Paintpots we are widely known for our strong bonds with the children in the setting and our passion to create new bonds. A key person bond is built to ensure a child feels safe and cared for when their parent or carer is not with them. We use Valentine’s Day to join in one-to-one activities for gaining stronger relationships with staff.
We continue this throughout the year by celebrating different countries each month which links to each child’s nationality, and also a variety of religious festivals from around the world.