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BESA welcomes news that the registered trade mark EARLY YEARS RESOURCES has been surrendered

The British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) has welcomed the news that the registered trade mark EARLY YEARS RESOURCES has been surrendered, after taking legal action on behalf of its members.

EARLY YEARS RESOURCES had been registered as a trade mark by a supplier to the industry, who was not a BESA member. They had subsequently challenged a large number of BESA members in an attempt to prevent other business from using the phrase EARLY YEARS RESOURCES.

After school club teaches children good hand hygiene habits

The education of good hand hygiene is essential in the prevention of common illnesses that blight Britain’s children every year. Following the successful launch of the new child-friendly portable hand wash unit Kiddiwash Xtra, a busy Southampton after school club has acquired a unit to teach children about the gold standard of hand hygiene.

Highfield After School Club purchased a Kiddiwash Xtra – designed and developed by TEAL Patents, the world’s leading manufacturer of portable, hot water, hand wash units that require no access to mains water or drainage – at the start of the academic year and has been using the unit daily to keep children safe from germs and illness.

Owl Track quick and easy to use saving time and money

"Owl Track is an online tracking system that helps nurseries, pre- schools and childminders track the progress of their children and plan individual learning experiences and next steps. It gives accurate information for Ofsted and is fully interactive with parents. Owl Track is ideal for helping practitioners identify gaps in attainment and helps identify if further professional intervention is necessary. The system works on any device that has an internet connection and allows practitioners to undertake real time observations and assessment. Owl Track is owned by the nursery press  www.thenurserypress.co.uk and has been running for over four years.

The ultimate cookbook for every parent

The Little Dish Family Cookbook, Hillary Graves - Proper food for parents to make and enjoy with their children

The Little Dish Family Cookbook is a must-have cooking companion for any parent who wants their child to enjoy food, learn to cook and eat well. Unlike a lot of family cookbooks, it’s packed full of healthy and delicious savoury recipes that children will enjoy making, and love eating. It also includes all the classic sweet treats but these are made using less sugar and have exciting new flavour twists.

The perfect first game for toddlers!

Move & Groove - £15 18 months+

The perfect first game for toddlers! Designed to inspire movement, creativity, laughter and learning, it's a fun way to introduce the basics of game play and the joy of movement without the pressure of competition.  The rules are simple; throw the plush cube to determine colour, choose a matching coloured card and perform the given move. There's no right or wrong way to boogie so players can use their imagination while improving balance, coordination and flexibility. The perfect game to build confidence and celebrate all the things your little one does so well!


Top tips for choosing the right nursery

Geoff Millington, managing director at NurserySite, shares his top tips on what to look for when choosing the best possible nursery or pre-school setting for your child:

Know your requirements

What factors are most important to you? Perhaps the provisions made for children with disabilities or special educational needs? Or is it the nursery’s reputation, opening hours, location or size that mean the most to your family? Make a list of important factors and rate them before asking yourself, which do you not want to compromise on?

Play Equipment that Benefits Young Learners

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum is composed of seven areas of learning and development. The three primary areas are Physical Development; Communication & Language; Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED). The four specific areas consist of Literacy, Mathematics, Expressive Arts & Design and Understanding the World.

Young learners need access to play equipment which enables them to develop in these key areas. The best nursery schools will provide equipment which encourages learning and development without compromising on the fun.


Why Mud Kitchens Benefit Nursery Schools

Mud kitchens are a very popular playground resource for nursery schools because they are very cross-curricular, meaning that they can be used to reach many learning objectives from the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum. Mud kitchens provide great outdoor learning spaces for young children. Learners enjoy getting hands on playing with mud and water, while also developing important physical, social and emotional skills. Let’s explore some of the benefits of mud kitchens for nursery aged learners:

PSED Through Outdoor Play Equipment

Physical, social and emotional development, also known as PSED, is one of the key areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. Gaining self-confidence and self-awareness, learning to manage feelings and behaviour and building relationships and friendships are all part of PSED. While some of these skills will come naturally to young children, others will need some encouragement and guidance from parents and teachers.

Looking for a Nursery? Here's some top expert tips to consider

Leaving your child in the care of other people is never easy, however, the reassurance that comes from selecting the right nursery can make the process much easier.

How do you know which nursery is the right one for you and your child? Here Sam Othen, National Children’s Services Manager at Nuffield Health, provides her top tips to consider when picking a nursery.

Parents urged to have eye tests in sight to give children best start

Parents are being urged to take their children for regular eye tests to give them the best start in the classroom.

Optical Express, which issued the advice as the new school term got underway, warned that young children with poor vision may not realise they have a problem because they do not know any different.

If untreated, poor vision can cause serious difficulties in learning and in some cases may cause sight defects that cannot be corrected.


Multimac Four Seater Child Car Seat

The Multimac is a new concept in child car seat safety, allowing up to 4 children aged 0-12 to travel comfortably in the back of a 5 seater vehicle. Multimac is the safest way for children and infants to travel today.

WHAT IT IS:

A range of 4 x 3-seater and 3 x 4-seater child seats that enable families with a 3rd or 4th child to keep their existing car without having to upgrade to something bigger to accommodate their family. The Multimac can safely and comfortably fit up to 4 children aged 0-12 in the back of even the smallest cars (including a Mini!) taking up no boot space and leaving ample room for luggage or pushchairs.

Sudden cardiac arrest and children - everything you need to know

What you need to know about Sudden Cardiac Arrest and children

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or lifestyle. The preconception is generally that SCA only strikes unhealthy or older people, but that’s not the case. There have been many cases of SCA in children – and if fast medical action isn’t taken, it can result in fatal and devastating circumstances.

It’s estimated that nearly 8,000 deaths result from SCA in the young and with the chances of survival dramatically dropping if medical action isn’t taken quickly, it’s important that those working with children know how to act.

Jo Jingles partners with CBeebies ‘in the night garden’

Jo Jingles preschool music and movement classes will integrate music, lyrics and actions taken from the toddlers’ TV favourite

Jo Jingles, nationwide preschool music and movement franchise has been selected by DHX Media and iChild to partner with the CBeebies hit show, In the Night Garden, to bring a range of specially themed music programmes to preschool children across the country throughout the Autumn. 

The new programme delivered via Jo Jingles classes will include key characters, songs and dances from the toddler TV favourite including Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka.


A is for Amazing Alphabet Book

New Personalised Early-Learning Book from Itsyourstory

Reading and writing starts with your A,B,C and now there’s a new book which makes learning the alphabet fun and engaging for young children.

Called ‘From A to Z with <Name of Child>’ this beautifully illustrated book grabs the child’s attention by featuring their face in the illustrations and their name in the text. It’s a perfect book for pre-school children who have not yet been taught their alphabet formally. Every letter is accompanied by a picture and a simple, fun sentence which emphasises the sound – for example, ‘Freddy’s Dinosaur is Daring and Dangerous’, ‘Oliver Octopus has Orange Socks’.


Nursery distributers Dinky Dragon introduce i-angel hip-seat carrier

Why i-angel? 

The Dinky Dragon girls were so impressed by this product when they discovered it that they knew this was the perfect product to launch Dinky Dragon.

The ingenious hip-seat feature on the i-angel offers users comfortable weight distribution, meaning babies and children can be carried for longer periods of time, resulting in happier little people AND big people.

Due to the multiple positions you can carry your little one, the i-angel is able to support your family all the way through your baby wearing years from 0-3, replacing the need to buy 3 different carriers.

Made from 100% cotton with teething pads, and detachable hip-seat, the i-Angel offers you and your baby the very best support right from the start!

Create environments to engage and inspire with TTS

When choosing resources and defining an area of a setting it is important to think of how each aspect contributes to a child’s learning. Consider the visual, cognitive, auditory, emotional and physical needs and wellbeing.

TTS Group Ltd, leading supplier of innovative, educational resources to schools and Early Years settings, have some lovely resources to create a nurturing environment in your setting.