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Sadly, we are unlikely to be able to restart our Toddler Group. The needs of our children have to be our priority. After the disruption to their learning through the last 19 months, we cannot afford the disruption that running Toddlers has on the Foundation Unit.

ipads and television

                                                                            iPads and TV
 

    What’s the problem?
 

  • TV takes time away from human contact, social play and interaction.
  • Studies show that children who watch a lot of TV have difficulty with reading and
  • have poorer social skills when they start school.
  • Watching a lot of TV at a young age has been linked to attention difficulties later in
  • childhood.
  • TV moves very quickly (there is a change on the screen about every 6 seconds). Real
  • life has a slower pace which helps children to develop their concentration skills.
  • Having TV on in the background can disrupt very young children’s play.
  • Less time for real life learning (e.g. sharing books, play) and interactions between
  • parents and children.
  • Irregular sleep schedules
  • An increased risk of childhood obesity.


 How can we help?

 

  • One hour of quality screen time per day
  • Work it into your routine, e.g. after lunch or dinner
  • Choose programs in which characters are talking directly to your child, repeating key
  • words, and there are clear links between spoken words and what is happening on
  • screen
  • Turn the TV off whilst your child is playing.
  • Do not allow a TV in the bedroom.
  • Watch TV with your child and make comments about it.
  • Read with your child. Have books in the home. Visit the library often.
  • Practice what you preach!
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