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Learning Environment

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

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

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

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

08/03/2022
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How to make a minibeast hotel

What is a minibeast? A minibeast, creepy crawlies, insects and bugs are quite literally a small animal. They are defined as “invertebrates” which means that they don’t have a skeleton inside their body. This often means they have other forms of protection such as shells or hard coverings called “exoskeletons”. Some of the more commonly known types of minibeast are spiders, bees, butterflies, snails, worms, centipedes and caterpillars but there are actually around 25’000 different types of minibeast living in the UK! How do minibeasts help the environment? Although they... 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

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

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

18/03/2021
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Promoting Diversity in Your School Setting

As we celebrate Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week (15th March – 21st March 2021) now is a great chance to talk about diversity and inclusion and its place in early years and primary school settings – Most importantly sharing ways we can continue to address, promote and embrace it. While we share similarities with each other, we are all unique and it’s important for us to recognise our differences so we can become more accepting of one another. From an early age, infants and children will encounter people with varying abilities... Read More

23/03/2020
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The Benefits of Height Adjustable Furniture

Height Adjustable Furniture has been around for a while, but what makes it so appealing to schools, nurseries and settings? Here are just a few benefits of investing in Height Adjustable Furniture… Health: Children spend a long time sitting at tables during the day, for a significant portion of their lives. It is therefore paramount that the furniture they are using, chairs or tables, can support this strain on the body. If desks are too low or too tall, this can affect children’s posture. This may not sound too bad,... Read More