West Kent College to Host Early Years Conference – 10th February 2017

early years conference

West Kent College is delighted to announce that it is hosting an Early Years Conference on the 10th February next year – an event designed to bring together practitioners, providers, students and those with any interest in teaching or working with children.

The conference will feature interactive workshops, a host of trade stands showcasing useful new resources, and presentations from guest speakers, including the hugely popularinteractive storyteller Vanessa Woolf and Carol Archer, Early Years Advisory teacher from Camden Council, discussing promotion of physical development in limited spaces.

WHAT: Early Years Conference 

WHEN: 10th February 2017, from 9:30am-12:30pm

Dinosaur Douglas Books

Dinosaur Douglas Book cover

Dinosaur Douglas Books are the only books offering a fun, new way to explore health-related subjects for Early Years children, including oral health, vitamin D and obesity. Written in rhyme by children’s author Heather Maisner (over 35 titles), these illustrated books are ideal for bedtime reading and literacy.

When Heather discovered that the average five-year-old was consuming the equivalent of their body weight in sugar each year, she decided something dynamic needed to be done.

Joining forces with Paediatric Consultants at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, she created a fun, rhyming story about naughty Dinosaur Douglas, highlighting the importance of healthy eating and exercise.

Top Tips For Getting Your Kids To Eat Their Five A Day!

rainbow pizza

Struggle to ensure your little ones get their five portions of fruit and vegetables a day? Despair at the thought of another fight over a family meal or another lunchbox left untouched? Well don’t worry, there are many ways to introduce more fruit and veg into your family's diet, no matter how fussy they are!

1. Make eating fruit and vegetables fun!

Rather than sticking with toast or a boring bowl of cereal in the morning, why not make breakfast the most important meal of the day by creating a fruit rainbow! Simply combine some frozen pineapple and mango, almond milk, dragon fruit, spinach, kiwi in a blender until smooth to make a yummy smoothie. Then serve in a bowl then top with some granola and sliced fresh or tinned fruits. 

Fully funded courses available in for early years, childcare and play sector professionals across Wales

Yana Hughes and Adele Mitchell

A range of fully funded courses, worth up to £4.7m, aimed at upskilling nurseries and childcare providers are now available to professionals within the early years, childcare and play sector in Wales. 

As part of the Progress for Success ESF programme, the Welsh Government is funding nationally-recognised qualifications at Levels 2 and 3 for individuals working in the childcare sector, with the aim of providing greater educational opportunities for children in Wales.

Itec Skills and Employment has been selected to deliver the programme across 18 local authorities in South, Mid and North Wales including Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Swansea, Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenau Gwent, Flintshire, Wrexham, Cardiff, Newport and Monmouthshire. 

Nursery Rhyme Week a roaring success at Stockton care home

Nursery children at care home

ROARY the Lion helped youngsters from Shaw Start Nursery in Stockton celebrate World Nursery Rhyme Week.

The Middlesbrough FC mascot visited The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane, to hear the children read their favourite nursery rhymes to the elderly residents.

The event coincided with Hug a Bear Week, so Roary moonlighted as a furry friend for both residents of the care home and nursery children to embrace. He also stopped by Ingleby Care Home, on Lamb Lane, to meet the residents there.

Liz Jones is the Customer Relations Officer for Hill Care, which operates both The Beeches and Ingleby care homes. 

Calling all pipsqueaks! come and join Pip Ahoy!

Pip Ahoy

For all of you craving for the return of the summer, the good news is that Salty Cove will be making its way to Winter Wonderland Manchester this Christmas!
Pip Ahoy! is thrilled to be back this year at Winter Wonderland Manchester 2016 for its fourth year. The festive extravaganza takes place from Saturday, 10th December 2016 to

Monday, 1st January 2017 at EventCity next to the Intu Trafford Centre in Manchester. 

Playforce continues it research into the impact of physical activity and play on children’s health


A 2105 study by the UK’s leading playground supplier, Playforce, demonstrated that investment in school playgrounds increases children’s physical activity and improves behaviour.  This initial study is now being followed up by further research amongst customers into the evidential impact that investment in play areas has for school-age children.

Mark Wood, TCL Group Managing Director for Play, said:  “As part of our commitment to giving every child the opportunity to live a healthy, active life, we're asking customers that have had a Playforce installation in the last 36 months to complete a short survey.  The survey will look at the impact installing a playground has had on physical activity levels, behaviour and positive attitudes to learning”.