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How To Avoid Children Losing Things

You know the drill; little Ezra’s guardian’s here to pick him up but he can’t find his gloves again! How can we keep track, and help our Early Years keep track, of their things?

Did you know?

The reason our Early Years are so forgetful is because, before the age of seven, children live in the moment and haven’t yet had enough practice at paying attention and keeping track of things. Attention is a skill that needs to be learned and honed, so we need to help them as much as possible.

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  1. Use routines. Repetition is the key to remembering. Encourage your children to open their school bags and take their coats off in the same part of your setting every day, with clearly marked coat hooks.
  2. Practice good habits. If gloves or hats come off, they go straight into coat pockets. If jumpers come off, the are immediately put on a named coat hook.
  3. Have a group tidy up! Incorporate a “tidy up” time into your daily routine. This could be before a quiet circle time, prior to the children being collected. A fun song will help the children know it’s time to gather their things together.
  4. Implement a lost and found box for both adults and children to use. If something seems out of place, such as a jumper in the middle of the play space with no one claiming it, a child can put it in the lost and found. This will make it much easier for whoever it is to find when they realise at home time that they’re missing a jumper!

Here are a couple of great options for a tidying up song:

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