23/05/2022
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15 Ways to Use Tyres in Outdoor Play

Tyres are a fantastically versatile and upcycled resource that can be used in a variety of different ways. Naturally weatherproof and tough, they are a great option to use outdoors with your little ones. In this blog, we provide 15 ways to incorporate them into your outdoor learning and play. From the simple to the slightly more obscure – there is guaranteed to be an activity for you to try out. Make sure to check our safety tips to ensure your little one’s are always safe when playing with tyres.... Read More

16/05/2022
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5 Fine Motor Activities for Children

What are fine motor skills? Fine motor skills refer to the coordination of small muscles in the brain and nervous system responsible for controlling precise movements in key areas such as hands and fingers. The development of fine motor skills depend on gross motor skill development. Gross motor skills refer to larger movements such as walking, crawling, and sitting independently. From initial development, children can begin to grasp objects and move small items independently. Infants will then progress onto more complex movements such as weaving and holding cutlery and pencils.... Read More

09/05/2022
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Simple Storage Solution Hacks for your Setting

As we all know, finding storage can be a recurring nightmare for many early years’ settings. From classrooms and nurseries to childminder and pack-away settings, there is always the issue of where to store the never-ending supply of resources for little ones. In this blog, we will discuss a variety of creative storage solution hacks for both indoor and outdoor resources. This will include some repurposed and upcycled solutions designed to provide you with more functional space without breaking the bank. Factors to Consider It is important to consider a... Read More

02/05/2022
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Sand and Water Themed Tuff Tray Inspiration

Due to its amazing versatility, one of our favourite resources is our Tuff Tray. Whether you are using our Mini Tuff Tray or the standard size there are no limits to the amount of activities they can be used in! To give you some inspiration, here are our top 5 favourite ways to incorporate your Tuff Tray into sand and water activities. 1. Create a beach Everyone loves a trip to the beach and by using some sand, water and accessories you can create your very own beach for your... Read More

The 2 year health check: what to expect 25/04/2022
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The Two Year Health Check – What to Expect

This blog has been written with the help of EYR industry expert Emily Hanson. A qualified EYFS teacher with an M.Ed in Education from the University of Cambridge. To learn more about Emily, visit her website or follow her on Instagram. The two year check up – a real milestone for many little ones, and often a source of anxiety for parents. Feeling nervous about your child being checked over by a health professional is completely natural! Being well informed is a simple remedy to this! In this blog we’ll... Read More

19/04/2022
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5 upcycling ideas for your garden

Many people think that gardening is expensive, and requires a lot of time and effort to maintain. But it doesn’t have to be. The truth is that you don’t need loads of money to start gardening. By combining these upcycling ideas with what you already have you can create an exciting garden for any setting! What is upcycling? Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or seemingly useless products into new products which have a different use. For example, old tyres can be turned into planters, or even used... Read More

11/04/2022
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8 Ways to Use your Tuff Tray Outdoors

We all know about the importance of getting outside. However, it can be difficult to think of new and exciting activities that keep little ones engaged without using a lot of costly resources. In this blog we bring you 8 different activities to try with your little ones using only a tuff tray outdoors. Read on for more! 1. Sorting Sorting is a great early maths activity and can be done with any resources! Use our Tuff Tray Paper Pad or our new Tuff Tray Whiteboard to draw out sections... Read More

04/04/2022
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How To Spend Your Primary PE and Sport Premium Effectively

Primary PE and Sport Premium  This post was last updated in March 2022. Are you spending your Primary PE and Sport Premium effectively? The Department for Education has announced that they will fund the Primary PE and Sport Premium for the 2021/22 academic year. Making a total of £320 million available to Primary Schools to improve the quality of their PE and sport. It is therefore crucial to ensure that you are making the best use out of your funding! Offering a broad range of PE activities in your school... Read More

28/03/2022

Welcome to our Office Garden!

With National Gardening Week just around the corner we wanted to shine a spotlight on our very own office garden and give you a tour! Tucked away in a retail park in Stretford, Greater Manchester is our very own oasis. Providing a welcome contrast to the busy city, the EYR garden is a dedicated zone for staff to relax and enjoy a little piece of nature. The importance of outdoor spaces Besides being a beautiful green space to look at, an urban garden can provide a number of benefits: Improved... Read More

21/03/2022

Children’s Easter Craft Activities

It’s that time of year where bunnies, chicks and eggs are popping up everywhere and it can only mean one thing… Easter is here! The big day is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about Easter craft activities! To make things easier for you we have collated our top 3 crafts into this blog for you to keep the little ones entertained and excited for the Easter period. Not just a fun way to keep children entertained, crafts also offer a great way for children to... Read More