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

19/05/2021

Tuff Tray Kits and Activities Your Children Will Love

What is a tuff tray? There’s no end to what you and your little ones can do with a tuff tray! A tuff tray, also known as a tuff spot or play tray is a large, durable octagon-shaped tray, made from heavy-duty plastic and is often found in educational settings and homes. They’re a staple in early year’s education as they provide endless possibilities for open-ended play, either individually or in groups. It’s a fantastic resource that has become widely popular over the years due to its simplicity while offering... Read More

18/05/2021

The 10 Best Museums for Children

Museums are brilliant, fun and educational institutions that enable people of all ages to immerse themselves in rich history and culture. As lockdown restrictions ease, museums across the UK get ready to re-open. In response to this, we decided to compile a list of 10 of our favourite museums for young children, from EYFS to KS1 and KS2. It also coincides with International Museum Day on 18th May 2021, which aims to promote the existence of museums around the world and the hands-on historical and cultural learning experiences they offer.... Read More

07/05/2021

Ideas On How to Take Learning Outdoors

This blog has been written with the help of industry expert and early years teacher Gemma Unsworth. Gemma’s 18 years’ worth of early years teaching experience includes her roles as KS1 manager, local authority moderator and early years special leader of education (SLE) for the North West. In this post she describes her experience in implementing outdoor learning and offers her tips and advice. Follow Gemma on Instagram for further inspiration and activity ideas for outdoor learning. “The best classroom and the richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky”... Read More

5 Gross Motor Skills Activities 05/05/2021

5 Fun Gross Motor Skills Activities For Children

This blog has been written with the help of one of our industry experts, Helen Gill, a highly experienced Physiotherapist with a history working in the health, wellness and fitness industry. She has obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Physiotherapy and holds a Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage. She shares 5 fun and entertaining activities to develop gross motor skills in infants, toddlers and preschoolers. What are gross motor skills? As we start to move out of lockdown, our children will be allowed to participate in a wider... Read More

Sensory light table 29/04/2021

Sensory Play Activities for Children with Special Needs

This blog has been written with the help of our industry expert, Georgina Durrant, a former teacher/Special Educational Needs Coordinator and founder of The SEN Resources Blog. She shares with us her favourite sensory play activities for children with special needs which are guaranteed to stimulate the senses, keep children engaged and ignite their creativity and imagination. What is Sensory Play and Why is it Important? Sensory play is wonderful and a firm favourite activity for many children! It’s not only enjoyable for lots of children but it can also... Read More

14/04/2021

All about the Forest School Approach to Learning

This article has been written by Rachel Macbeth-Webb, a level 3 Forest trained practitioner, co-founder and manager of Beatle Woods, an Outstanding Ofsted setting and the first completely outdoor nursery in Solihull. In this post she shares her insights into Forest School and the importance of outdoor learning. For more information about Rachel and Beatle Woods, visit their website. What is Forest School? Forest school is a long-term sustained approach to outdoor learning which seeks to encourage and motivate children to be actively engaged with their outdoor environment and foster... Read More