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Television Policy

I do not have my television on during the day and limit the time children in my care are permitted to watch television.

 

The watching of television programmes and DVDs is normally restricted to:

 

  • morning arrival time to allow children to wake up gently and ease into the day
  • when a child is feeling a little off colour and needing more rest, then it may be appropriate for them to watch more television that day
  • the end of the day to allow me time to tidy away the toys and calm the children down ready for their parents’ arrival

I ensure that any programmes watched are suitable for all the children in my care. If your child wants to bring a DVD to watch at my house, please check with me first as it must be appropriate viewing for the younger children.

 

Recent research has shown that excessive watching of TV can actually cause problems for some children.   It can affect their social and communication skills, as there is no interaction.

 

Television is very fast and children get used to this pace of entertainment, this can them result in them becoming bored and frustrated at the slower pace of school teaching.

*It is recommended that children under 2 years old not watch any TV and that those older than 2 watch no more than 1 to 2 hours a day of quality programming.

The first 2 years of life are considered a critical time for brain development. TV and other electronic media can get in the way of exploring, playing, and interacting with parents and others, which encourages learning and healthy physical and social development.

As kids get older, too much screen time can interfere with activities such as being physically active, reading, doing homework, playing with friends, and spending time with family.

Of course, television in moderation can be a good thing: pre-schoolers can get help learning the alphabet; school age children can learn about wildlife on nature shows, and parents can keep up with current events on the evening news.

* taken from http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/family/tv_affects_child.html