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How to support education recovery in Early Years – an Ofsted summary for education providers

Ofsted recently published: “Education recovery in early year’s providers: summer 2022“, a brief created using results from inspections and conversations with inspectors. In this brief they discuss findings regarding children’s development and important next steps to be taken by early year’s educators. In this blog we will summarize the key findings from the brief. We will also outline ways in which educators, and parents, can support children’s education recovery and close the gap. Identified delays in learning and development Ofsted have reported delays in the following areas of learning, as... Read More

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Transitions: The big move. Advice for Early Years Practitioners

This transitions blog has been supplied by EYR partner PACEY. In this blog, former childminders and PACEY advisors Pat and Anne discuss their experiences of children in their care transitioning to primary school. They share copying techniques and methods to support not only children, but childcare providers and parents alike. For more information about PACEY then head to their website here. The summer holidays are finally here, and you may be thinking of the next big transition that some of the children in your care are about to make as... Read More


Transition series 3: Getting School Ready – A Parent’s Advice

This blog has been written by Poppy Stokes, an EYR Brand ambassador and mum of two. In this blog she shares her super simple tips and tricks to help get your little ones “school ready” as she herself goes through this transition with her second child. To learn more about Poppy then head to her Instagram page: mini_messy_kids for inspiration and activity ideas. Big changes will happen with the run up to your child’s first year at school. Independence will become routine, friends will be a big part of their... Read More

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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


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


Covid safe classroom: 3 tips for keeping a safe classroom as Covid-19 restrictions ease

As Covid-19 restrictions ease around the UK, we know that teachers and parents are nervous about the implications for the classroom. A recent LinkedIn poll revealed the biggest challenge for teachers was keeping a Covid safe classroom. It is not hard to understand why… The latest data indicates that 3.9% of early years pupils were absent for Covid related reasons in February compared to 5.1% in January. Despite this, Covid is still very much a part of our daily lives. With this in mind, the government and Department of Education... Read More


5 fun science experiments you can do at home

British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring entertaining and engaging events and science experiment activities across the UK for people of all ages. The theme this year is all about growth. To celebrate, we put together 5 fun science experiments you can do at home: Play Foam clouds This is a fabulous science experiment for learning about the weather, and so easy to do at home! You will need: A glass Pipettes Play foam Blue food coloring 1 cup Water Fill a glass... Read More


5 ways to encourage friendships in EYFS

With Valentines’ Day just around the corner, it’s important to remember how crucial the development of friendships is in EYFS. The importance of friendship can’t be overstated for children. Friends are a source of support, empathy, and encouragement during difficult times. They help children learn how to play together and share their feelings without fear or embarrassment. Here are 5 tips on how to encourage friendships in Early Years settings: 1. Provide opportunities for children to play with other children Children need to be able to play with other children... Read More


30 years of Early Years Resources – An Interview with Payman Mostaan

This year we celebrate 30 years of Early Years Resources. From a catalogue on two sides of A4, to thirty years and thousands of products later, we are very proud to have reached this point. To mark this incredible milestone, I sat down with EYR’s founder Payman Mostaan, to find out what this achievement means to him and what makes Early Years resources the company it is today. The beginnings of Early Years Resources “I brought in a product from the United States, took it round to nurseries, and I... Read More

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Special Education Needs Career Guide

This blog has been written by Senploy. If you are looking to further progress your career, find your dream job in Special Education (SEND), or see what opportunities are out there, then is the go-to platform for jobs in SEND. Take a look today and see what you can find at Senploy. Around 351,000 children aged 0-17 have a learning disability in the UK. The job outlook for special education teachers is expected to grow by 8% in 2030. This guide is designed to help you make sense of... Read More