Today I met up with the Oulton and Woodlesford Childminding Group. I had got in touch with registered childminder Helen Greaves the week before to see how they could get involved with the activities throughout Baby Week. I thought that it would be a good idea to promote the importance of a childminders role in how they help support the social and cognitive development of the children in their care and of course celebrate the good work they do.
Infant Massage is known for it's bonding and communicative qualities as well as physical aspects including help with relaxation and relief. Childminders have a big responsibility and infant massage can not only help childminders strengthen a positive bond but also recognise individual needs of the children in their care. Helen had requested permission from the two infants parents, and together with Sue Ruddock, Helen's registered childminding assistant we covered all aspects of baby massage in a one off session.
We settled in the play area which is where the childminders meet twice a week. They offer a close network of support and provide activities for other childminders in their area.
The children settled straight into the massage starting with the legs and the feet. The babies were relaxed and happy to be centre of attention for half an hour. We concentrated on the leg and the tummy exercises. Helen instantly saw the benefits and remarked 'how helpful this is going to be when helping to relax and ease digestion troubles.'
Thanks guys hope you enjoyed the session and look forward to working with you again as plans for Baby Week 2017 develop.