10/01/2022
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10 Activity Ideas For Your Setting This National Storytelling Week

This blog has been written by EYR Industry expert Emily Hanson, a qualified EYFS teacher with an M.Ed in Education from the University of Cambridge. In this blog, Emily delves into 10 different activity ideas to help you celebrate National Storytelling Week with your little ones. To learn more about Emily, visit her website or follow her on Instagram. As National Storytelling Week 2022 beckons, we are reflecting on this year’s brilliant theme of ‘Your Story, My Story’. Whether it’s retelling a child’s life and their journey to the person... Read More

05/01/2022
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Special Education Needs Career Guide

This blog has been written by Senploy. If you are looking to further progress your career, find your dream job in Special Education (SEND), or see what opportunities are out there, then www.senploy.co.uk is the go-to platform for jobs in SEND. Take a look today and see what you can find at Senploy. Around 351,000 children aged 0-17 have a learning disability in the UK. The job outlook for special education teachers is expected to grow by 8% in 2030. This guide is designed to help you make sense of... Read More

31/12/2021
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Ways you can support children in the transition to New Year

As we leave 2021 behind us, the New Year brings hope, challenges, and new beginnings. Setting resolutions for 2022, the New Year brings new feelings in not only ourselves but our children. How can we support children as they look forward to, or are fazed by, the uncertainty of a new year? The change is unavoidable, however by managing it carefully we can reassure children as they adjust into 2022. This guide covers some things you can do to support children as we transition to the New Year. Reintroduce yourself... Read More

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Activities to Support the EYFS Using Fidget Tubes

What is the EYFS? The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is an educational stage for children aged 0-5. It sets the standard for learning and development of children in this age bracket and is used to guide early year’s practitioners. The EYFS consists of seven areas of learning which are: personal, social and emotional development, communication and language, physical development, literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design. How can learning in the EYFS be supported? Thinking of activities to support all seven areas of the EYFS can... Read More

fun and interesting facts about christmas 02/12/2021
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10 fun and interesting facts about Christmas for children

Get yourself and the children feeling festive with our top 10 Christmas facts. The decorations are up, the mince pies are out and the Christmas jumpers are on as we count down to Christmas. We’ve scoured the internet for the best Christmas facts – sure to get you and the children in the festive spirit! So don’t be a grinch, have a read of these… 1. Santa’s reindeer are most likely female Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph. These names are sure to ring a bell!... Read More

12/11/2021
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Choosing the Right Furniture for Your Early Years Setting

The importance of choosing furniture for your nursery or early years classroom Choosing the right furniture for your nursery or early years setting is an important choice that requires some consideration. Not only do you have to think about how you want your setting to look, but the most important factor to also consider is how it will affect and benefit children. You want to maximise opportunities for learning while giving them a sense of purpose in their day to day, all while attempting to keep their attention. That in... Read More

05/11/2021

How Heuristic Play Can Empower Your Child

This blog has been written by EYR Industry expert Emily Hanson, a qualified EYFS teacher with an M.Ed in Education from the University of Cambridge. In this blog, Emily discusses the importance of heuristic play in the early years and provides a variety of suggestions as to how you can incorporate heuristic play into the everyday setting. To learn more about Emily, visit her website or follow her on Instagram. Heuristic play is quite the buzzword of the moment. It’s usually a phrase you’ll spot in hashtags below baskets of... Read More

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The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Children 2021

We all love to get ahead when it comes to Christmas shopping and as we know, shopping for little ones can be a bit of a minefield. To help ease some of the seasonal stress and help you get ahead, we have created our ultimate Christmas Gift Guide, a carefully curated list for you to select from. With products to suit each and every child, you are guaranteed to find something your little one will love, that can be used time and time again. Our resources have been carefully selected... Read More

crate ideas for play 13/10/2021

15 Ways to Use Crates in Outdoor Play

Better out than in! Outdoor learning has long been advocated as an essential element of early year’s development. It not only refreshes the children’s learning environment but it provides them with a space to explore, gain more experiences and develop an appreciation for nature and their environment that they would not otherwise get from the classroom. Outdoor loose parts are a great resource to promote unstructured outdoor play. Forget the rules and expectations and let the little one’s imaginations run wild. Innocuous items such as H crates and milk crates,... Read More

06/10/2021

Utilising Structured Play to Enhance Children’s Cognitive Development

This blog has been written by EYR Industry Expert Keya Elie, a Research Scientist with 10 years’ experience in the field of Child and Family Psychology. Her studies focus on parent-child interactions across various socioeconomic backgrounds and cognitive outcomes for children between the ages of 2-5. In this blog Keya discusses the importance of parent-child interactions for cognitive development and shares her top tips to improve cognitive development through structured play. Structured Play with children can become a goldmine for further enhancing a child’s cognitive development. Whether your child is... Read More