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tray play benefits 11/03/2020
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The Benefits of Tray Play

This article has been written by mother of two and tray play advocate, Rachel Moffatt. How does tray play benefit children? Learning through play is the main focus of the early years foundation stage. It is all about making learning fun. Tray play provides a focused area of play with the contents ‘somewhat contained’. Setting out inviting activities with cognitive and physical challenges has a significant benefit to early childhood development. Tray play gives children the opportunity to explore and discover independently, and fosters their creativity and imagination. There are... Read More

26/02/2020
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Understanding Loose Parts Play and its Benefits

This article has been written by early years consultant, Anne Rodgers, from ATR Consultancy. Loose parts play is about having a variety of ‘loose parts’ i.e. materials which can be moved around, carried, stacked, lined up and manoeuvred in multiple ways to enhance creativity when playing. First proposed by architect Simon Nicholson during the 1970s, more and more settings are adopting the idea that children can design their environment by themselves through loose parts play and that it can be re-designed at will. Items such as crates, wooden logs, pallets,... Read More

20/02/2020
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What Do Behaviour and Mark Making in the Early Years Have in Common?

Enjoyment and Success in Both Relies on Strong Physical Development. This article has been written by Ellie Collar from Early Years SEN. As an early years person, when I work with primary aged children struggling with their attention or their impulse control or their handwriting (or spelling, or reading) they almost always show insecure gaps in their early development that weren’t successfully filled in their early years. Their development is working like a jenga tower: no matter how excellent a teacher is, as they go on balancing carefully taught formal... Read More

Heart Hands Valentine's Day Card Crafts 07/02/2020
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Heart Hands Valentine’s Day Card Crafts

Create Heart Hands Cards for Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to get crafty with the kids! So why not make some lovely heart hands using coloured card, tissue paper and glue. This wonderful DIY crafts idea is ideal for younger children and great to give as a valentine’s day card or gift. Simply follow these step-by-step crafts instructions below to create your heart hands. Art materials you will need: Glue Stick Coloured Card Tissue Paper Scissors Pen or Pencil How to make a heart hands valentines day... Read More

07/02/2020
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Make Your Own Spring Creatures [VIDEO]

It’s nearly time for some sensational spring displays and creative craft activities! Our easy-to-do Spring Creatures craft activity is perfect for children, whether in nurseries, schools or even at home, and will be a great addition to any displays 🐞 Learn how to make these simple Spring Creatures by watching our video tutorial or following the steps below. Art Materials You Will Need: Coloured Paper Glue Scissors Wiggly Eyes (optional) Step 1: Cut several strips of paper to create the body. Step 2: Draw Around something circular to create the... Read More

spring flowers craft activity 03/02/2020
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Make Your Own Spring Flowers [VIDEO]

Sensational Spring Displays usually have one main ingredient; flowers! Our easy-to-do Spring Flowers are perfect for children, whether in nurseries, schools or even at home. Learn how to make these simple Spring Flowers by watching our video tutorial or following the steps below. Art Materials You Will Need: Coloured Tissue Paper Glue Scissors Coloured Lolly Sticks Pipe Cleaners Step 1: Layer several pieces of tissue paper, gluing each in the middle. Step 2: Draw around something circular to create the base of your flower, add scalloped petals. Step 3: Cut... Read More

chinese new year activities 22/01/2020
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Chinese New Year Ideas & Activities

This article has been written by early years consultant, Anne Rodgers, from ATR Consultancy. Chinese New Year is one of my favourite festivals and celebrations. This year, 2020, will be the Year of the Rat. There are lots of activities you can do for Chinese New Year and different ways to incorporate this festival within the areas of learning. For example, telling the story of the 12 animals who competed in a race to represent the years of the Chinese zodiac – these are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon,... Read More

17/01/2020
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Why Don’t They All Learn Well Through Play?

This article has been written by Ellie Collar from Early Years SEN. I am an early years practitioner and I have worked with Flitters. You know the children who play like butterflies, circling the play environment but never really engaging with anything long enough to extend their play or use the language you planned for it to stimulate? Those children who play well if an adult is there to extend and model, but drift away once the adult leaves? Those children who live for the bikes outside and spend much... Read More

childminders setting 30/12/2019

Inside A Childminders Setting

Childminder settings come in all shapes and sizes, with different approaches and resources. So whether you take an open-ended play approach, outdoor learning focus, or naturals and neutrals approach to childminding, the objective always remains the same … to provide the best possible childcare. Meet the childminders! Three childminders, Pebbles Childcare, the Natural Childminder and Childcare Adventures, have let us take a peek inside their fabulous childminding settings, to show us how they best utilise the space in their setting and to help inspire other childminders. Chloe and Bridgit, Pebbles... Read More

19/12/2019
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How To Record Stories & Boost a Child’s Storytelling Skills

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days Telling stories is what makes us human, we all tell them every day but how do we first learn to tell stories? We regularly say that children are natural storytellers. They hear stories everywhere and they use them to make sense of the world and solve their problems. Their brains are like sponges and they absorb everything going on around them which is why it’s so important to read to them from a very early... Read More