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Throughout April, 14 Busy Bees Nurseries will be launching an exciting new initiative called ‘Steps to Independence’.
The initiative was developed by Busy Bees Childcare Team, and is specifically designed to encourage children to become independent. Children will be introduced to a series of fun activities designed to build confidence and a sense of individuality through ‘Smiffy’ the germ, a furry children’s character unique to Busy Bees. ‘Smiffy’ will appear on visual cards within the nursery and will encourage the children to clean and sweep away ‘Smiffy’ to provide a germ free and safe environment.
To launch the initiative to children and parents, the nurseries will be running lots of entertaining activities, such as a role play garden centre, where the little ones can play at sweeping, watering the plants and planting seeds, as well as group discussions on germs and why it’s important to wash your hands. Children will also have the opportunity to take part in activities that encourage independence, like helping to clean tables and toys, and sweeping the floor.
The nurseries will also be working in partnership with their local communities, inviting Health Visitors, their Local Mayor, and other healthcare professionals into nursery to talk to the children about hygiene. The nurseries will also be recording the children’s experience by taking photographs and making scrapbooks.
14 Nurseries in the Busy Bee group now offer the ‘Steps to Independence’ as part of their nursery curriculum, with plans to roll out the initiative to a further 14 before the end of the year.
Childcare and Curriculum Manager at Busy Bees, Lisa Snell, said “Independence is a vital and exciting part of a young child’s life. It is critical that children have new freedoms and responsibilities, as and when they are ready to cope with them. Coping is through experiences presented while young, and the nursery will help provide these experiences during play throughout the child’s day.”