Creche Toys and Equipment Sale

We are having a clear-out of our Creche equipment and toys!

Creche toys and equipment sale

We have cots, strap-on high chairs, a train set and lots more. The Sale starts at the end of January.

If you are interested please email admin@freedomchildcare.com with ‘Toy Sale’ in the subject line and we will send you an invite when the Sale starts.

 

Keeping Children Safe Online

The National Crime Agency’s Think U Know website is a great resource and guide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people.

Think U Know website screenshot

On the website children of all ages as well as parents and carers can learn about safety when using blogs, chatting online, online gaming, P2P and other technology like mobiles.

Resources include a new film that highlights the importance of talking to our children about sex, relationships and the potential hazards of using the internet.

Concerned parents will find information dealing with:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Grooming
  • Nude images
  • Online relationships
  • Unhealthy relationships
  • Harmful and risky behaviour
  • Exposure to sexual content
  • Online activity
  • Sharing information online

As well as how to get help and advice and keep your child safe .

Help with Childcare Costs

Many families are still blissfully unaware that they can claim £55 per week Tax Free childcare and/or up to 70% of the cost of childcare.

This includes childcare in your own home.

All our nannies can be registered with OFSTED which means you are able to take advantage of the help the government offers with childcare. This help can be in the form of Tax Credits or salary sacrifice vouchers. Help with the cost of childcare is available to all families regardless of how much or little you earn. More information can be found on the Help paying for childcare page on the .gov website.

Whether you need a flexi nanny or are looking to recruit, these savings can be substantial. Freedom can help you navigate through the system in order to get the help that is available.

Reach for the Skies!

Freedom Childcare are very proud to have been involved in Reach’s annual family fun weekend in Glasgow. The weekend take place in various cities throughout the UK so far we have helped in Portsmouth, Leeds, Leicester and Bristol.

Reach family support

Reach is a charity for children with missing upper limbs that supports the families though friendships, information and signposting. Freedoms role in this event it supply all aspect of the childcare. We operate a crèche during the morning and evening for the little ones and provide children aged 4-12 the opportunity to take part in workshops. This year the workshops were Scottish Lantern making, one handed instruments and magic. Older Children aged 12-18 went out on a trip to an outdoor activity centre. Each year we also have a football activity where 20 children take part in a football workshop.

One handed instruments music workshop

The children all return for supper with their parents then join us in the evening for more fun including, video diary’s, loch ness monster making, discos, teenagers chill out zone, Gaming room. The day and evening caters for between 80 and 100 children over the course of the event. We have a range of children from 3 months to 18 years.  We take a team of staff with us from our Head Office In Lymington then we recruit a local team of staff to help us. Each year we are blown away by the children and the staff we employ ! We are so very excited to be helping reach again next year in Bristol and looking forward to many more years of working with these amazing children and their families.

We are always looking for organisations and businesses that require event childcare packages please call us on 08453 300403 or email booking@freedomchildcare.om

Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards 2016 Finalist!

Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards 2016 Freedom Childcare is proud to have been selected as a finalist for The Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards 2016 in the WEDDING EXTRA category.

We will be attending next week’s joint Dorset & Hampshire ‘Meet the Finalist’ event at The Italian Villa, Canford Cliffs in Poole.

For more information the People’s Choice page on the www.southcoastevents.co.uk website will ready to go next week with all the finalists listed.

 

Free English and Maths Courses with a Free Creche

Freedom Childcare is providing a crèche at Friendship House in Southsea for English and Maths Courses.

Friendship House in Southsea

The courses are run by Southdowns College and are FREE if you are in receipt of an income related benefit. The courses are starting now and we have places in the crèche available. The courses are ESOL and are designed for Mothers for whom English is a second language. The courses are 3 hours in the mornings and are supported by a Crèche for the children to attend.

  • Maths – FREE (to everyone)
  • Crèche – FREE (if you are in receipt of an income related benefit)
  • English – FREE (if you are in receipt of an income related benefit)

The English Course can also be paid for Mother who are self-funding and costs £75 for 17 weeks based on 3 hours study and £300 based on 6 hours study. The Crèche is also available in these circumstances and costs £22.50 per session.

For more information regarding the Crèche please call Freedom Childcare 0800 0851444

To book on a course please call 02392 797910

Supervised Contact Rooms

Supervised contact roomSupervised contact rooms available in central Lymington and Southsea

Room only or with supervision staff

Our supervised contact rooms are available 7 days a week 8.30 to 5.30 all year round. Staff are all DBS checked and have either Childcare or social care qualifications and have 15 years experience of supplying the local authority with supervised contact services.

Costs will vary depending on the requirements

For more information email enquiries@freedomchildcare.com

 

 

Flying with Children

If you are flying to a sunny destination with small children this summer you may not be looking forward to the flight there – or the return flight home. This guide from Sainsburys might just help to make it a more enjoyable experience for everyone!

Free Creche at Hampshire Wedding Fair

Sunday 10th April, 11am – 3.30 pm
at The New Forest Showground

Hampshire Wedding Festival

Freedom Childcare will be providing a free creche at the The Hampshire Wedding Fair at The New Forest Showground. With over 40 exhibitors the Wedding Fair is a great place to go to plan your wedding . . . and enjoy a festival atmosphere with live music and the finest outdoor catering.

Wedding Fair shoesCome and see everything you could need for your wedding – and take advantage of our Free creche!

See the website and the Festival Facebook page for more information.

FREE CRECHE

To secure your free childcare slot with Freedom Childcare  email booking@freedomchildcare.com

Booking in advance is recommended

Tenacity and Parenting

Tenacity is the Most Important Attribute Required for Being a Successful Parent

Along with all the other hats we have to wear in our day to day lives parenting our children is singularly the most difficult. Partly this is because it is a dynamic process, just when we think we have cracked it our children move on and we are learning again how to manage them and guide them.

Tenacity in ParentingSome days are harder than others dependending on stress levels, health and demands on our time, and when our parenting resolve is low is when it often matters most! Children are in tune with their parents and can sense when we are not firing on all cylinders this is when their behaviour will be affected and when they (annoyingly) will become more persistent or resistant. The other factor which adds to the mystery of parenting is that we don’t see the fruits of our labour straight away.

For example when repeatedly asking your teenager to tidy their room it is easy to feel that you are not getting through to them and therefore shut the door and forget the problem. The work we do in educating our children on behaviour and acceptable standards isn’t about us reaping the benefits now. In fact the whole parent child relationship is based on them not listening and us repeating ourselves until we are hoarse.

The secret is only released when as adults they can hear their parent’s voice guiding them and it molds the grown up they become and in turn will shape them as parents and so it continues.

If it helps imagine your child bringing up your grandchild and because you didn’t repeat yourself enough they don’t have you on their shoulder guiding them. In a way you are investing in the future generations not just your own child. (I find having a broader view point helps take the intensity and frustration away) – see the bigger picture. It’s not about getting a tidy room it’s about the future of the human race !!!!!

So my point is yes it’s hard, don’t expect miracles, keep your boundaries strong and one day you will reap the benefits of all you hard work. Right now you are shaping a human being and their job is to challenge you throughout this process.

This sums it up! – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0ZpuA8_YYk