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

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The Importance of Stories for Children with EAL

What is EAL? EAL refers to English as an Additional Language. It is a term used to describe the teaching of English to students who have not learned it as their first language. EAL could refer to students who were born in, or have lived in the UK for a long time, but who speak another language at home and may not be as fluent in English which may affect their literacy levels. It may also refer to bi-lingual children. Irrespective of the child’s proficiency in English, the Department of... 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

space storytime set product review 08/10/2019

Space Storytime Set – Product Review

This review has been written by early years consultant, Anne Rodgers, from ATR Consultancy. EYR Space Storytime Set Review I recently received a lovely space storytime set with all space related activities and toys inside it. It reminded me of learning about when man landed on the moon as a small child at school and being fascinated with how that could happen. This story time bag contains two lovely little puppets of a star and an alien that can go with singing time; ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ and ‘5 Little... Read More


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


Improving Numeracy in the Classroom

 “Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.” – Albert Einstein Maths is a tricky thing; a lot of children (and people!) either take to it or don’t. One thing for certain is that if a strong foundation of basic skills is provided at EYFS, KS1 and KS2, children are more likely to grasp more complex concepts in secondary school. Improving numeracy in the classroom is consequently critical. EYFS, KS1 and KS2 curriculums are quite varied. There are a lot of areas to... Read More

characteristics of effective learning 20/09/2018

Exploring the Characteristics of Effective Learning

This article has been written by early years consultant, Anne Rodgers, from ATR Consultancy. There are 3 characteristics of effective learning according to the EYFS 2017: Playing and exploring – engagement Finding out and exploring Playing with what they know Being willing to have a go Active learning – motivation Being involved and concentrating Keeping trying Enjoying achieving what they set out to do Creating and thinking critically – thinking Having their own ideas Making links Choosing to do things Playing and exploring – engagement Finding out and exploring Sensory... Read More

We are Nursery World Award 2015 Sponsors

For the third year running Early Years Resources® is proud to announce that we are official sponsors of The Nursery World Awards 2015. Every year Nursery World seek entries from the most inspiring individuals, organisations, initiatives and resources in the early years sector. The goal is to recognise the dedication those who do a superb job for young children in their specific sector throughout the year. Nursery World Awards are now looking for entries for 2015, until the 29th May. The shortlist of the awards will be announced in July... Read More

EYR Water Ways Towers 07/02/2012

A slimmed down EYFS?

Having just read Dame Clare Tickell’s recommendations for the EYFS, I am surprised to find that I agree with her suggestions. She says, that whilst parents and early years professionals feel the EYFS has had a positive impact on teaching and learning, and helped to raise standards, it needs to be simplified so less time is spent filling in endless paperwork and more time is spent interacting with children – Halleluiah! Dame Clare’s recommendations include: A reduction in the early learning goals, from 69 to 17. A new focus on... Read More