Thursday, 28 January 2016

Alison John and the UWTSD Inclusion Conference

The wonderful Alison John attended and spoke at the UWTSD Inclusion Conference today! I would really recommend any practitioner to take a look at her work.

Here is her campaign to 'Liberate a Loo.'

'Toilets are not "Disabled!" If anything they may be temporarily impaired in some way, a broken chain, loo set, no mirror, no sanitary protection! I could go on. But the toilet is not discriminated against.
The term Disabled is used to describe an experience that can happen to particular people within our communities.
We accept that some people have significant impairments, and we as a society do discriminate against them and therefore we do Disable People.
This national movement is about changing the language we use to describe people and things. I would suggest that the term "Accessible Toilet" describes more accurately what it is, the term also suggest anyone who requires a little more space could use it.'


Here is my trial birdfeeder I am going to make tomorrow in my Nursery placement setting.

If you were interested in making your own:
It links to -
-Welsh Government Well-Being Goals
-Understanding of the World 
-Fine motor skills

Find out how to make them here:…/

Monday, 25 January 2016

A Wonderful Blog!

This is amazing and very inspirational, it is about a dad who writes about his newborn son's journey with Down's syndrome. I'd recommend everyone to have a look .

See here for his blog:

The Equality and Inclusion of Disabled Children course by Children in Wales and Inclusion Conference

Completed The Equality and Inclusion of Disabled Children course by Children in Wales last Thursday! Looking forward to the training offered in my Inclusion Conference this Thursday.

More information to follow.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Well-being of Future Generations Act

Here is a resource to learn about the Well-Being of Future Generations Act which is from Wales.

I feel it is the first step into a worldwide spread of taking sustainability into consideration especially when concerning children. 

Baby CPR

Here is a brilliant resource for remembering Baby CPR (under one year or very small), as it is different to the older child or adult CPR. Remember - if your child is not breathing than CPR is the best chance of survival for your baby, do not avoid CPR in fear of "hurting" them.

Here's a quick note of what to do:

  • Send a bystander to call for an ambulance, if you are alone start CPR immediately (999 or 112 if you have no signal).
  • 5 initial breath puffs over nose and mouth. 
  • 30 chest pumps (using only two fingers in the center of the chest)
  • Two rescue breaths over nose and mouth.
  • 30 more chest pumps.
  • *** If you are alone and have not called for an ambulance, now is the time to do it after 1 minute of CPR***

Continue 30 chest compression followed by 2 rescue breaths until help arrives!

What to do if a child starts choking!

Paediatric First Aid

Did a great paediatric first aid course today! Here is a video to show what to do if your child (or anyone) starts choking by St. John's Ambulance.

Adult and Child

Baby Choking

Therapeutic Value of Play Course - 18th January

The Therapeutic Value of Play

On the 18th January I went to a course of the Therapeutic Value of Play, it was very interesting and mentioned both practical elements you could involve as well as the more complicated Neuroscience bits!

I'll go through a few of the practical elements because I think the Neuroscience might be a bit too heavy for a blog. A good thing for practitioners to note is that in order to train as a play therapist you must be over 25. 

Practical Elements: 

Messy Play! - One of my favourites for doing with children.

Things to consider: Dry messy play or wet? 
Some children don't like wet or dry messy play depending on them individually, although both have great sensory elements to them, developing fine motor skills as well.

Dry messy play ideas:
Rice, pasta, dry play dough.

Wet messy play:
Cornflower and water, oil or conditioner. An added feature could be to allow the children to add food colouring or flavouring to it which can make it have a great smell!

Silly noises game!

This one is great for playing with groups. Simply write a load of matching names of animals on small pieces of paper, then send the children out making the noise of the animal they have chosen! The aim is to find their matching pair without talking and only making the animal sound. I personally found this very amusing, especially walking over to people shouting "COCK A DOODLE DOOO".

This of course is brilliant in helping develop communication and listening with children.

My String Story.

This one is quite interesting, simply give a child a piece of string, offer them a few props of natural resources or toy animals or people and tel them to make up a story along the string.

A good added bonus to this one is to put the children in pairs (probably the ones from the silly noises game) and allow one child to listen and the other to tell the story, then simply swap turns. It teaches patience, listening and turn taking!

"Healing happens through play" (Axline, 1974)

"Play is children's natural medium of communication." (Landreth, 2002)

Welcome to my Blog!


Welcome to my new blog! This is based off my Facebook page. I also have profiles on and other Nannying websites such a Tinies.

My aim is to provide and share information suitable for parents, carers and practitioners as a form of reflective journal for me, so I can continually improve on my practice.

Please see my facebook and profile below.

The next few posts I put up will be backdated a little bit, but I shall try and upload here the same time as on facebook in future.  If you want to contact me, the quickest way would be through Facebook (general inquiries) and (jobs).