Toothbrushing Resources

4Children conducted a Public Health England funded project looking into the feasibility of running a supervised toothbrushing programme for 2, 3 and 4 year olds in private and voluntary early years settings as well as with childminders. The report from this project can be found here.

The resources created during that project are now being made available. These include a presentation introducing the project to early years practitioners, story sack ideas and an information booklet designed for both practitioners and parents.

Toddler group trip to local building site

Toddler group trip to local building site

We had great fun taking our Dibden Minis toddler group to a local building site run by McCarthy & Stone.

Over the last few months we have driven past a building site nearly every day, and my two boys (aged 3 and 5) are always keen to see what is happening.  But with big six foot boarding all around the site it is difficult for them to see what is happening and how things are developing.

I approached McCarthy & Stone and asked if they’d be willing to host a visit from our toddler groups and pre-school.  The firm not only agreed to host some visits, they even built a special platform for all the children to go up and observe the builders from.  In addition they also provided high visibility jackets, helmets, and a great resource pack of stickers, mask, colouring pencils and more from ivorgoodsite.

If you’ve got a building site nearby do see if you organise a visit for your toddler group.

 

Responsive Prayer: No it’s the church actually

Church Actually

We used this responsive prayer by Krish Kandiah as part of our response to thinking about our local community at our Churches Together service for unity and prayer on Sunday, it worked really well, and maybe worth you keeping for a future occasion:

This was a “call and response” part of my sermon – I asked the questions and the audience replied “No its the church actually!”

Do you know who provides half of the parent and toddler support groups in the UK. Is it Surestart? No, it’s the church actually.

Do you know who provide the biggest network of debt couselling across the UK with 190 drop-in centres? Helping over 19 141 individuals last year alone? Is it Martin “Moneysavingexpert” Lewis? No it’s the church actually.

Who is it that donated 72 million hours of volunteer work to social initiatives last year estimating a contribution of 1.5 billion pounds a year? Was it the National Trust? No it was the church actually.

Do you know who will feed 100 000 hungry people this year in the UK is it the Redcross? No it’s the church actually!

Do you know who brought hospitals, schools, universities and democracy into our country? Was it the Vikings? No, it was the church actually!

Who invented Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers, Everton, Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Queen’s Park Rangers, Southampton, and Tottenham Hotspur Football clubs, was it the Football association? No it was the church actually!

When the doctors, the police and the social workers move out of an area and go and live somewhere else who is that moves in ? Is it Richard Dawkins and Militant Atheists? No it’s the church actually!

Who is it that is the hope of the world, is it NATO? No, it’s the church actually!