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Learning Environment

superpower superhero set review 04/10/2018
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Superpower Superhero Set Activities – Product Review

This review has been written by early years consultant, Anne Rodgers, from ATR Consultancy. Superpower Superhero Set Review Having been sent a set of these lovely little superheroes, I was happy to note that they were wooden and brightly coloured and each had a unique character of their own which would appeal to both boys and girls. Given unusual names such as; Priya, Luna, Xander, Orva, Kenzo and Tait, which herald from different cultures and countries, makes them truly inclusive as a toy and could be useful for helping children... Read More

outdoor childminding setting 26/06/2018
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Maximising Your Outdoor Learning Space

This article has been written by OFSTED ‘Outstanding’ Childminders, Chloe Webster & Bridgit Brown, from Pebbles Childcare. As a home-based childcare provision, we are not blessed with significant amounts of space, and similarly, a large sum of money to put into buying a range of outdoor resources that larger settings benefit from. However, we believe and are huge advocates of utilising the space we have and using a diverse range of equipment and resources in order to meet the learning and development needs of the children in our care. We... Read More

Essential PE Equipment 21/06/2018
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Top 10 PE Equipment for Primary School

To increase the children’s physical activity, encourage sports participation and enhance physical development, it’s extremely important to provide a broad range of beneficial PE resources and equipment in your primary school! But what are the most crucial pieces of equipment for a child’s physical education? Kick start a healthy lifestyle for the kids and make sure you’re definitely not missing any of these essential PE equipment for your primary school! Top 10 Primary School PE Equipment & Benefits Cones Cones are a staple resource for PE! They are extremely versatile... Read More

childminder play essentials 01/06/2018
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Essential Play Resources List for Childminders

Kids love to do what they do best – play! Play engages, excites and entertains children for hours. Don’t underestimate the power of play! Play gives children the opportunity to explore and discover new experiences and make sense of the world around them. Young children are continuously learning through play and developing new skills – whether they are zooming cars down a ramp, digging for dinosaur fossils in sand or building the tallest tower! As a childcare provider, it is important to cover a range of different types of play... Read More

spending primary PE sports premium 17/05/2018
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How To Spend Your Primary PE and Sport Premium Effectively for 2019/20

Primary PE and Sport Premium  This post has been updated in October 2019. 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 2019/20 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! It’s essential to offer a broad range of PE and... Read More

18/04/2018
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Outdoor Play Essentials List for Childminders

Time to get outside! Do you have a dedicated outdoor space for children in your childcare setting? There is no set way of creating an outdoor childminding area – but it is important to provide plenty of opportunities for children to be outside, with a variety of outdoor resources that will enhance a child’s development and learning in all the key areas. So we have created a list of essential outdoor play supplies for childminders to make sure that you cover all the key development areas! How enhanced is your... Read More

childminders arts crafts essentials 11/04/2018
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Art & Craft Essentials List for Childminders

Struggling to keep the children engaged? Keep the kids entertained for longer with fun and messy hands-on art and craft activities in your childminding setting – perfect for those dreary rainy days! Awaken the children’s imagination and inspire their creativity with arts and crafts! It is essential to offer lots of creative and messy play opportunities in your childcare setting, as research has shown that arts and crafts play an important role in enhancing a child’s development and learning – helping to develop their confidence, creativity, imagination, social skills, coordination, motor... Read More

essential childminding equipment checklist 04/04/2018
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Essential Childminding Equipment List

New to childminding or thinking about setting up your own childminding business in your home? Make sure you’ve got all the childminding essentials you need to look after young children with our handy essentials checklist for childminders! Safety   It is extremely important to ensure that you have a safe and healthy environment for children with equipment that conforms to the safety standards. Promote safety in your childminding setting and make sure you have the following childcare safety essentials: Baby Monitor Fireguards First Aid Kit – If you wish to improve... Read More

21/11/2017
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EYR Superpower Superhero Set Product Review

It`s the start of another year and as usual my class is enhanced with activities and items to engage my new cohort based on their interests. This usually means amongst other things that my class will have lots of superhero themed activities! I have the usual capes, comics, books, and figures ranging from Spiderman to iron man and Wonder Woman to Super girl. All good so far. However, it’s the same characters every time and they don’t engage everyone. I was therefore intrigued by the superhero figures I saw on... Read More

14/07/2017
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Outdoor Spaces for Babies and Toddlers

This blog post has been written by Jeanette Morris our in-house Early Years Specialist who has over 33 years of teaching experience and a real passion for Early Years Education. During the first few years of life, babies and toddlers are trying to make sense of their world. They soak up every noise, sound and experience. The outdoors is a place of unlimited possibilities to experiment with nature’s bounty. From the minute you open the door, the potential for adventure is in the air. The sky is never ending and... Read More