22/09/2021
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How to Engage Children in Literacy

“Literacy is the ability to read, write, speak and listen in a way that lets us communicate effectively and make sense of the world.” – National Literacy Trust If you are looking for inspiration on how you can engage children in literacy, you can jump straight to our list of literacy activities. Did you know that 16.4% of adults in England (that’s about 7.1 million people), can be described as having ‘very poor literacy skills? While 1 in 4 children left primary school in 2019 unable to read to the required standard [DfE].... Read More

Benefits of learning a foreign language at an early age 07/09/2021
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Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language at an Early Age

In England, learning a foreign language is statutory from the ages of 7-14. Before this, there is no compulsory requirement for children to learn another language and the uptake of older children continuing to study a language at GCSE level is in a constant decline. However, enrolling children in extra-curricular classes and hiring private tutors in foreign languages has become an increasing trend in recent years. Many parents have made a bid to start their children learning in the Early Years as well, which will not only give them an... Read More

Back to school advice for parents 01/09/2021

Back to School Checklist – The Parent Edition

It’s that time of year again! Summer is drawing to a close and it’s time to get the children prepped and ready for school. While the start of a new term is exciting, getting ready for the big return can be a hectic and stressful time for children and parents alike. From stocking up on the basics to planning lunchboxes and everything in between, there is a lot to get done. Making sure you are organised whilst also supporting your little one can naturally feel like an overwhelming task. With... Read More

Back to school checklist for teachers 24/08/2021

Back to School Checklist – The Teacher Edition

Are you ready for the Big Return to School? As the summer holidays gradually come to a blissful end, it’s time to cast your thoughts back to the classroom! The new school year is quickly approaching meaning it’s a fresh start for both pupils and teachers alike. Making sure your classroom is in order in preparation for your little learners and the new academic year can sometimes feel like an overwhelming task, even for the most seasoned teacher. With so much to do and so little time, there’s no need... Read More

What is Numicon? 19/08/2021
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What Is Numicon and Why is It Important?

The history of Numicon An effective learning tool for helping children visualise numbers, Numicon works by using a multi-sensory approach. The nature of Numicon resources means that children can learn by seeing, feeling and understanding mathematical concepts through play. The idea of Numicon originated from a school-based research project carried out by Ruth Atkinson, Romey Tacon and Dr Tony Wing. The project helped them understand that children had difficulties understanding abstract ideas without pictures to help them. This idea later gave birth to the concept of the ‘Numicon Approach’. An... Read More

Tuff Tray Paper Pad Activities 10/08/2021

Tuff Tray Paper Pad Activities for Creative Learning

It all starts with a blank canvas and a bit of inspiration… The first of its kind, our exclusive Tuff Tray Paper Pad is the perfect resource for inspiring creativity as it provides the ideal base for a range of different activities, from art and craft projects to curricular learning activities and everything in between! In this blog post, we will delve into 5 engaging activities that you can easily recreate at home with the little ones with few resources, read on for more! Phonics Phonics is a method of... Read More

16/07/2021

Summer Holiday Activity Ideas to Support Learning and Development

School’s out! Which means it’s time to have some summer fun. With the summer holidays nearly in full swing for children across the country, they will be eager to let their hair down and let loose. No need to scramble and think of ways to keep your little one’s entertained this summer. We’ve come up with a host of activity ideas for you to try indoors or outdoors that will continue to support learning and development through the upcoming glorious summer months. Summer Scavenger Hunt Scavenger hunts are a fantastic... Read More

Supporting transitions in the early years 02/07/2021
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Supporting Transitions in the Early Years – A Parent’s Point of View

The transition to school or nursery can be a stressful time for children, parents and practitioners. Children will encounter new challenges such as being required to concentrate for longer, more structure to their day, new people and unfamiliar faces. The most daunting part for them is adjusting to a new routine and being separated from their parents for longer periods of time than they are used to. Helping children cope with these changes effectively and making the transition as smooth as possible will support their future resilience to change, improve... Read More

Music making activities for early years development 10/06/2021
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Music Making Activities for Early Years Development

This blog has been written with the help of our industry expert Kath Davies. Kath is an early years music specialist and highly experienced music teacher with a demonstrated history of working in primary education, special schools and preschool settings. She is also the founder of ‘READY, STEADY, MUSIC!’ a practical song-based resource for early years practitioners to create exciting educational musical experiences and help young children develop essential skills. She shares with us the importance of musical development in the early years and top tips for exploring music in... Read More

Endangered Species and Activities 21/05/2021
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Endangered Species Day Activities and Resources

21st May marks Endangered Species Day – a day to highlight the threats thousands of different species of animals, insects, flowers and plants, and other creatures face. More than a whopping 37,000 species across the world face extinction. Now more than ever it’s important we teach our littles one’s empathy and the importance of caring for the world around them. We hope that learning about endangered species will instil a greater love and respect for animals, nature and any species they may encounter. If you are an educator or a... Read More