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Workshops

22/05/2019
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Taking Storytime Back to Nature

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days  Tonya and Natasha will be in Manchester on Friday 28th June delivering two workshops ‘Introducing Maths with Stories‘ and ‘Taking Stories Outside‘. >> Learn more It’s great to be able to make the most of the summer weather, and I’m sure we’re all hoping for a repeat of last year! Children love all that fresh air but sometimes it’s just too hot to be running around, so what better way of helping them cool down then getting them to create and tell stories outside? There are lots of ways you can make up stories just by... Read More

16/05/2019
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NEW Workshops Announced!

Brand New Workshops with the Wonderful Anne Rodgers We’re delighted to announce that on Monday 15th July we’ll be heading back to Trafford Park, Manchester for some wonderful workshops delivered by the fantastic Anne Rodgers. Anne is an Early Years consultant and author who has 36 years’ experience with the early years sector. She is also the author of some of our most popular blogs including Sensory Play in the Early Years. PLUS use code EARLYBIRD when booking online to get your tickets for just £30! Hurry, offer ends 10.06.19. Join... Read More

14/05/2019
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How to Make a Story Add up

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days. They will be delivering two EYR Workshops on Friday 28th June 2019 ‘Introducing Maths with Stories‘ followed by ‘Taking Stories Outside‘ >> Learn more  When you’re thinking of teaching children about maths how many of you think of reaching for a story? It’s probably not your first thought and I suspect you go for a box of bricks or counters first. But using a story can make learning maths a whole lot of fun and... Read More

workshops stories outside 07/05/2019
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How to Breathe Fresh Air into your Storytime

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days  When the weather is lovely we all like to be outside to make the most of it and it’s a fantastic way to boost your children’s storytelling skills. Stories are everywhere but we can also take them anywhere. For instance why not play a game of giant steps. Start the story off, then everyone takes a giant step and you tell the next part of the story, then take another giant step and tell the... Read More

30/04/2019
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How to Bring Maths to Life

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days  Not all of us find maths an easy subject but with the help of a good story, maths can be lots of fun for everyone. We all learn differently; some like to learn visually, some are quite tactile whilst others may be more aural or kinaesthetic. By combining stories and creative activities as a way of introducing maths, you’ll guarantee to help all of the children in your setting making learning maths a whole lot... Read More

08/01/2019
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How stories can cover more areas of the EYFS curriculum

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days  How stories can cover more areas of the EYFS curriculum than just language and communication Stories are one of the most versatile tools you can use when educating children and if you combine them with other creative activities they become even more powerful! Not only that but combining stories with creative activities, such as puppet making, will also give you the confidence to know that you can fulfil every aspect of that all important EYFS... Read More

13/12/2018
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Why parents engaging with their child’s stories is key

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days  Why parents engaging with their child’s stories is the key to boosting their language and communication skills Did you know that the more words that a child knows by the age of 8 is the biggest predictor of their future success, regardless of their social and economic background? It’s also been established that children with poor vocabulary at the age of 5 are more than twice as likely to be unemployed by the age of... Read More

21/11/2018
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Are you looking for some creative ways to improve language and communication?

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days  Children have an amazing capacity for creativity, their imagination holds no bounds. Children also love stories and it’s a great way to enhance their language and communication skills. So combining stories with creativity can be very powerful, and that’s what we call creative storytelling. Creative storytelling is about combining stories with creative activities and it will help children to really engage with a story. Activities such as puppet making and role play bring stories to... Read More

06/11/2018
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How can parents boost their child’s vocabulary?

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days  A child learning to speak their first words is one of those magical times and once they start there’s usually no stopping them. But children need to know how to put those words into context and there’s no better way of doing that than with a story! Unfortunately, not all parents read to their children and this can be for any number of reasons. It may be that their parents didn’t do it with them... Read More

19/10/2018
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Inspection reports – key recommendations for settings

In a report published at the beginning of the Autumn term, Early Years Fundamentals made some key recommendations for settings based on the analysis of 2,947 Ofsted reports. This is what they had to say…. Do you use the Early Years Inspection Handbook? Although the EYFS is the statutory framework that shapes our practice, becoming familiar with the Early Years Inspection Handbook will enable us to have a clear understanding of what our inspectors will be looking at and for during our inspection. How do you know your monitoring and... Read More