In Expert opinion

Each month, Jackie Hardie, owner of The Nursery, gives advice and guidance on aspects of parenting. Drawing on almost three decades working with early years children, including roles as a Reception teacher and an Ofsted inspector, running an international education consultancy, and of course, being a parent, Jackie gives down-to-earth and practical advice.

This month, Jackie focuses on the role of technology.

Technology plays a huge part in all of our lives and young children are exposed to many aspects of technology from a very early age.  I am frequently amazed at their ability to navigate either a phone or iPad to access their favourite programme.

Use of technology in early years settings is often viewed differently.  At The Nursery, while we try not to expose children to further screen use, we use items such as remote control cars, robots, calculators etc.

Try and discuss with your child different uses of technology to help your household run:-

Can they help you put the washing on and press the correct programme?

Can they set an alarm clock?

Can they use a hand whisk and electric whisk?

Can they use devices such as Amazon’s Alexa?

Technology plays a huge part in our children’s lives and it is essential to help them recognise how it makes all our lives easier.

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The Nursery children playing with wooden toys in the Rising Threes room