Taking a balanced approach to screen time.

Taking a balanced approach to screen time - guidance for families.

Speech, Language and Communication 

Speech, Language and Communication are vital to your child’s development and provides a good foundation for learning, reading and writing. It helps your child develop friendships, communicate their needs and make sense of the world around them.

Parents/carers can help this by being a good role model and by providing stimulation.

For more ideas and more information please click on the links below:

Talk, Listen, Cuddle Essex County Council    Home - TLC (

The Communication Trust I Can website I CAN, the children's communication charity

Potty Training

Lots of parents/carers have found Eric’s Guide to Potty training very helpful.

ERIC's Guide to Potty Training | ERIC

10 Steps for Healthy Toddlers

Ten Steps for Healthy Toddlers - Infant & Toddler Forum (

Oral Health

The pre-school provides care for children and promotes health through promoting oral health and hygiene, encouraging healthy eating, healthy snacks and tooth brushing.

Teaching Good Dental Hygiene

We teach the child to have an understanding of what is good for our teeth and what is bad for our teeth. We arrange activities involving play teeth where children are shown the correct way to brush using timers and toothpaste.

Protecting Toddlers from Tooth Decay

ITF177 Factsheet 4_5 Tooth Decay Dec19 v1.indd (

For more oral health tips for your child click on the link below and select download publication for the “Bright Smiles from the very beginning” publication.

Oral Health Tips for Parents of Children from Birth to Age 3 (

Or visit:

Oral Health Resources - Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service (

Choking Hazards - Food Safety Advice

PowerPoint Presentation (

Choking Hazards

Healthy eating

Little Doves is committed to teaching the children about a healthy lifestyle encouraging the children to make right food and drink choices to develop healthy eating practices. We believe snack and lunch times should be happy, social occasions with enjoyable positive interactions encouraging good communication and language skills.

We provide nutritionally sound snacks which promote health and reduce the risk of obesity and heart disease that may begin in childhood. We ask parents/carers to provide a healthy nutritious lunch.

We follow the main advice on dietary guidelines and the legal requirements for identifying food allergens when planning snacks based on the four food groups:

Our typical morning snack menu is:

Our afternoon snack is fruit and sometimes a small biscuit or ice pop.

Staff aim to include food diets from children’s cultural backgrounds, being aware of any religious restrictions and the food preferences of some ethnic groups and so providing children with familiar foods whilst introducing them to new ones.

Staff provide a vegetarian/vegan alternative when meat and fish are offered and make every effort to accomodate food preferences.

All labels are checked for allergens and staff are aware of any children with allergies or intolerances.

All staff show sensitivity in providing for children’s diets, allergies and cultural or ethnic food preferences.

Our snack menu will change to reflect the topics we are doing at the pre-school, for example, Chinese New Year, Bonfire Night, Easter.

Every Friday there is a cooking activity for the children to take part in, for example, making fruit kebabs, carrot cake, gingerbread men, fruit smoothies, making their sandwich with a choice of fillings.

Below are some links to fact sheets for parents/carers of toddlers:

Health Eating for Toddlers

ITF103 Healthy Eating Toddlers Factsheet 1_1 v2.indd (

Meals, Snack and Drinks for Toddlers

ITF199 Factsheet 1_6 Meals Snacks Drinks Dec19 v3.indd (

Why Toddlers Refuse Food

ITF 107 Factsheet 2_1 Why Toddlers Refuse Food Dec19 v1.indd (

How to Manage Simple Fussy Eating Toddlers

ITF108 Factsheet 2_2 Fussy Eating Dec19 v2.indd (

Common Nutritional Problems in Toddlers

ITF120 Factsheet 4_1 Common Nutrition Problem Dec19 v1.indd (

Physical Activity in Toddlers

Children should be active as it is vital for their physical and mental health and development. At Little Doves we encourage a wide variety of active play, both structured and unstructured, and physical activity both inside and outside in our play areas. Children are encouraged to dance, climb, run, skip, ride, jump and balance on our apparatus and equipment. On Friday’s we have an external educator visit the pre-school to teach the children balls skills.

Physical Activity and Play for Toddlers

ITF204 Factsheet 3_4 Physical Activity & Play Dec 19 v1.indd (

How to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather.