Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Published October 3rd 2013
Looking After Your Precious Petals
Finding the balance between work and parenthood is a fine juggling act. One of the things parents struggle with most is finding out who can look after the kids while you're at work. Once they start school, it is not so much of a problem, but it can be particularly tricky when you have young children. Do you stay at home, ask your own parents to babysit, get a nanny, or send them to nursery? Each have their positives and negatives, but if you opt for nursery, the Petite Fleur Daycare is a great choice for parents in Merton.
Petite Fleur Daycare is run by Mel and her friendly staff at the South Mitcham Community Centre. It is a fantastic resource for parents in the local area, not only because of its convenient location, but also because of its flexible times.
The community centre is on Cobham Court, close by to useful amenities such as the GP, pharmacy, and general store. It is also directly opposite the Rock Terrace Recreation Ground, and next to Youth Centre. It is in a highly residential area, away from the roads, and on the doorstep of the Frensham Court Council Estate.
Petite Fleur Daycare looks after children between the ages of ten months to five years old, and help accommodate parents with various working hours. You can book full time care, which is 7.30am-6pm Mondays-Fridays, or if you work part time, then you might decide to pay on a day to day basis. It is also possible to book sessions (morning or afternoon), which is useful for those on shifts. Price varies depending on the child's age and which schedule you choose, but you can find out more details by calling 020 8648 3740.
Establishing a routine is important for young children, which is why they have a loose outline of day-to-day activities. 8am-11am includes registration, free play, snack time, and adult led activities such as music, football, and baking.
After that the younger children might do painting, while the older children will be taught letters, sounds and numbers. Learning is made fun through group participation and story time. The daycare also help children with potty training, and make sure they all have an nap time. In the afternoon, a similar schedule is repeated, with free play, outdoor fun, and tabletop activities.
The staff insure sure that the children get a healthy diet, but also the occasional treat as well. On the noticeboard is a weekly food plan. Lunch time examples are shepherd's pie, chicken casserole, and chilli con carne, all of which is served with a selection of mixed vegetables. For dessert they may have ice cream, fruit salad, or cake.
Each month the children get involved with themed projects. For example, this October, they are doing The Three Little Pigs. In the first week they will readout the story, then act it out, and work on their number skills by counting the pigs. During the following weeks they will enjoy building the little pigs's houses and investigate the properties of straw, wood, and brick.
All kids need to get out every now and then, which is why Petite Fleur sometimes take the children on outings such as to the farm or to help the local community (last Christmas they went carol singing at an elderly people's home). Be rest assured, when you go up to pick up your little flowers, they will have had a fun, educational day.