Pre-School Party

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Thomas cupcakes!


A batch of cupcakes for Max’s friends at pre-school.


Just a portion of Thomas & Friends themed birthday party goods!

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Healthy Snack

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Collecting Max from pre-school, mummy saw he was eating a wedge of orange, which was clearly finished, leaving just the peel. Happily, he started to gnaw away at it. Upon telling him that he is not meant to eat that part, he just looked up at her, grinned, and carried on eating it! :/

Luckily, orange peels are nutritious, although it is not recommended to make them a part of your daily diet. 🙂

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Thomas the Tank Engine Continued

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Max has always loved the rain, but more so now. Yes, that’s right – that is a Thomas the Tank Engine umbrella, along with matching wellies. He wanted to bring his Thomas bag to pre-school, but mummy said he could bring it another time, as they were running late.


By the time Max arrived at pre-school, he was soaking wet from jumping in every single puddle he came across. Grinning to himself, he was highly amused, but mummy wasn’t. Luckily, she always keeps an extra set of clothes there. 🙂

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Face Painting

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Max had his face painted today at Pre-School. He was supposed to be a tiger, but accidentally wiped away the bottom half. 🙂

Not quite sure if he is aware of rubbing some of it off, but he was so pleased with the result, he doesn’t want mummy to take the rest off.

‘Mirror’ is his favourite word today, as he continues to be amused by the paintwork. He looks, turns his head from side to side, then chuckles to himself.

Mummy is going to have a hard time cleaning his face later on, when it approaches his bed time. She is not looking forward to an unimpressed Maximus! :/

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So… this is one of the reasons I’ve been so busy, and haven’t had much time to write. What with being a single mother, I am surprised that I manage to do all I do! (I am not looking for praise, I’m just saying 🙂 ).

I don’t think the picture is very clear; here are thirteen certificates I achieved in nine days. I had to cram so much information into my already overcrowded brain, and on top of this, I had to complete thirty tests to achieve these.

1. EduCare – Effective Safeguarding Practice from the Pre-School Learning Alliance

2. EduCare – NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), Child Neglect

3. Successful Budgeting in your Early Years Setting, Level 2 from the Pre-School Alliance

4. Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) reforms Guidance from the Pre-School Alliance

5. EduCare – Promoting Positive Behaviour from the Pre-School Alliance

6. Edu-Care – Characteristics of Effective Leaders from the Pre-School Alliance

7. EduCare – NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), Children’s Rights

8. EduCare – Reflective Practice in the Early Years from the Pre-School Alliance

9. EduCare – NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), Safer Recruitment

10. EduCare – Managing your Ofsted Inspection from the Pre-School Alliance

11. Latest EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) Guidance to support the Framework, Level 2 from the Pre-School Alliance

12. The role of Trustees in Delivering the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), Level 2 from the Pre-School Alliance

13. EduCare – Setting up your Childminding Service from the Pre-School Alliance

I can now add these to my CV/resume, along with my other educational achievements: G.C.S.E.’s, A-Levels, Degree and Journalism (short course). I had originally decided not to study again, but was offered this opportunity when I asked to volunteer at my son’s Pre-School. Considering I’ve still not decided where Max and I will reside permanently in the US, at least I will be able to take these and my work experiences with me, wherever I go.

Now I have the ‘study-bug’, next on my list is to find the time to learn Spanish!

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