BOSLEY BOBKINS PRE-SCHOOL

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July 2017 -This summer we say goodbye and good  luck to Pascale, who leaves Bobkins after 14 years, we will really miss her.



                                                                     Well done Bobkins we raised over £200 for Barnardo's.




On Friday 15th July we are taking part in Barnardo's Big Toddle. We will leave Bobkins at 10 am and walk up to Lakeside for  a bear hunt and snack. We are making masks to wear on the walk.









Ditch the dummy - April 2016

We will have a “dummy dump box” in Bobkins where your child can ditch their own dummy.

Sure Start advise that ideally children should stop using dummies between six and 12 months because not only does it slow down learning to talk, it can also affect speech and may cause a lisp.

Parents are advised to try limiting a dummy's use before removing it completely and this can be achieved by only using it for bedtime, taking it out when the child is playing or talking and gradually reducing dummy use week by week.



What you need to know about using a dummy.


We all know that dummies can help sooth a fractious baby… but did you also know…..



If your child uses a dummy or bottle a lot it may affect speech and language development by:

  • Restricting tongue movements which can make your child talk late
  • Changing the pattern of tongue movements making speech sounds unclear
  • Causing a gap in the front teeth which may lead to a lisp.

Dummies can make it harder for your child to swallow and this will make them more “dribbly”.

Children who use dummies for long periods are more likely to get ear infections.


Tips to prevent these problems:

  • Try to keep the dummy for sleep times from 8 months and get rid of it by 12 months
  • Always remove the dummy when your child is trying to talk
  • Use a flat teat rather than a round cherry shape
  • Try cuddling or reading at bedtime instead of giving a dummy
  • Avoid dipping the dummy in anything sugary
  • Avoid letting your child use a bottle as a soother, and never put juice drinks in a bottle.

Choose a time for your child to give up the dummy (not when you are under pressure) and make a clean break- throw away all the dummies at once. Most babies and toddlers will only fret for 2 or 3 days.



Take the Lollipop Challenge!

This challenge has been set up by a speech therapist so that you can experience trying to talk with a dummy (or in this case a lollipop) in your mouth. You can see how certain letters and sounds are difficult to form if the movement of the tongue is restricted by the dummy or lollipop.

Words to try:



CAKE   CUP   DADDY   MUMMY   TABLE   LOLLY   GO   FOUR     SCISSORS   VAN   SING   RED   SHOE   CHAIR   JUG   WHITE   YELLOW



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Stay and Play every Thursday afternoon 1 - 3pm, come along and play, drink and snack provided, donation of £1 per family.



Our  lunch procedure has changed, School would like us to pay for hot lunches on the day or for the week in advance . The costs are £2.20 a day or £11 a week, unfortunately as we are not a maintained nursery, free school lunches are not available but we welcome packed lunches.