EYR Team

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


Ways to Utilise 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


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


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

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