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The Dogs and Birds Piano Method

The Dogs and Birds Piano Method

We’ve all read or heard about studies that show that learning to play the piano or keyboard from an early age has a tremendously positive effect on a child’s development, and in particular, reading and maths. It also boosts memory and relaxation and teaches concentration, co-ordination, patience and perseverance. It is therefore an excellent preparation for schoolwork. As with any other language, the language of music is best learnt from an early age. Designed to be accessible to children from three years upwards, the Dogs and Birds Piano Method (devised by Elza and Chris Lusher) provides a fun yet systematic introduction for children as they begin their musical journey on the piano.

 

Early Years leaders come together to direct the way

Early Years

Childcare Expo London, taking place at Olympia on 3rd & 4th March will play host to leading names from the industry. With professional seminars running across both days in two separate streams, it provides passionate visitors the unmissable opportunity to learn from the best. 

This year’s seminar programme focuses heavily on the current upheave in the sector to provide vital insight and ideas to take back and implement in their childcare settings. Focus lies on 30 hours free childcare and leadership in order to overcome the current humps that face many early years practitioners today. Caroline Dinenage, MP, will be opening the event and providing a keynote to kick things off on Friday 3rd March.

Building solutions manufacture and deliver new early learning facility

London Borough of Hounslow Council has appointed offsite building specialists, Actavo | Building Solutions, to manufacture and deliver a brand-new, modular, early learning facility to care for children aged 2-3 years. 

This new early year’s provision is being established as part of the Council’s statutory duty to provide sufficient free early learning and childcare places for disadvantaged 2-year-old children.  

The new, single-storey facility was manufactured and built by Actavo | Building Solutions in just 11 weeks. The new early year’s centre was completed at the end of December 2016.

Parents share their advice to new mums and dads in the just launched e-book

What the Parenting Manuals Don’t Tell You front cover

What the Parenting Manuals Don’t Tell You – from Bepanthen

To support new parents in the sometimes tough but wonderful transition into parenthood, nursery staff can direct new mums and dads to a brand new resource from leading nappy care ointment Bepanthen. What the Parenting Manuals Don’t Tell You, is a new e-book that gives an honest depiction of modern day parenting from those in the know. 

Developed in collaboration with parenting expert and midwife, Lisa Clegg, the tips that form the book were crowd-sourced from parents via social media and paired with humorous and warm-hearted sketches by illustrator and mother, Alyana Cazalet.

Caroline Dinenage, Early Years Minister to open Childcare Expo London

Caroline Dinenage

The media has been rife with headlines regarding changes to early years funding, increase in the National living wage along with new staff GSCE requirements over the past few months. With further shake ups to Government representatives and policies, Childcare Expo are delighted to announce that Caroline Dinenage, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years is set to open Childcare Expo London and deliver a keynote on Friday 3 March.*

Pregnant women can test for leading cause of life threatening infection in newborn babies

Strepelle testing kit

Strepelle – a new DIY group B Strep test available in the UK

 

National charity Group B Strep Support is delighted to announce a partnership with healthcare company HiberGene Diagnostics to help pregnant women to test for group B Strep – the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies.

One in four pregnant women is unknowingly carrying group B Strep bacteria, which causes meningitis, sepsis or pneumonia in more than 500 newborn babies a year. 

On average, one newborn baby a week dies from group B Strep infection.

How will a 30-hour entitlement impact on parent partnerships?

Jo Verrill

Parent satisfaction with the quality of their relationships with nursery staff is high, as evidenced by continuous national benchmark research carried out by Ceeda on behalf of nurseries across the country. Here Dr Jo Verrill, Ceeda MD, shares the latest findings and explores how a 30 hour offer may bring about new challenges in building effective parent partnerships.

Measured across a range of questions from receiving a warm welcome to feeling involved, consulted and informed about their child’s progress, the average rating for this vital aspect of provision is 8.98 out of a possible 10.00, based on feedback from 9,034 surveys in the last twelve months. 

Supporting Children’s development is one of six new free online courses

adults and children running

Supporting Children’s development is one of six new free online courses developed by the Open University-managed Social Partnerships Network, for anyone looking to improve their skills and knowledge, move up in their career, or take a new direction. 

Supporting children’s development may be of particular interest to Teaching Assistants, Nursery Nurses, Nursery Assistants, other support staff in schools and nurseries, as well as childminders, parents and those considering a career working with children. It will help learners to develop a deeper understanding of children's development. Topics covered include the development and management of relationships, encouraging reading, behavioural management, special educational needs and the importance of reflective practice.

Music hubs: A welcome cash injection but don’t ignore the early years…

Music

It’s great news to hear that practical music teaching in England, delivered by a network of 121 hubs, is secure for another four years following the Government’s recent announcement of a cash injection of £300m.  This is a great relief to many industry educators, despite previous earlier concerns that music hubs were failing to make a decent enough impact on the quality of music education in schools.  Removing the focus on music education would have a detrimental effect on the younger generation’s current and future educational opportunities.