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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.

 

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.

 

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.

Pirates Ahoy!

Pirate ship

Your school play area or play ground might never be the same again – it will be much more fun with one of our pirate ships!

The high seas are raging and the children are all aboard this latest play facility at Longshaw School in Blackburn. The boat, made from Robinia wood, set sail earlier this month. Whales and fish have been spotted and we are sure that a pirate was seen walking the plank.

Sophie, a pupil, commented ‘this is the best day of my life’, when we took a series of photos for the opening event recently, what more could you want out of a scheme.

Pirates Ahoy!

Pirate ship

Your school play area or play ground might never be the same again – it will be much more fun with one of our pirate ships!

The high seas are raging and the children are all aboard this latest play facility at Longshaw School in Blackburn. The boat, made from Robinia wood, set sail earlier this month. Whales and fish have been spotted and we are sure that a pirate was seen walking the plank.

Sophie, a pupil, commented ‘this is the best day of my life’, when we took a series of photos for the opening event recently, what more could you want out of a scheme.

A splash of fun in the school playground!

 playground fun

Our latest creation is bringing a little bit of the forest and stream into an Early Years and Foundation Stage outdoor area.

We were approached by a school who are particularly keen on the Forest School ethos – an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands on learning experiences in a local woodland or natural environment with trees.

The school is surrounded by terraced properties and many of its pupils have never experienced a woodland or forest – so we are making them one in their very own outdoor space.

New cycle track signals start of cycling revolution

New cycle track

A new specialist cycle track is being built in the grounds of an iconic Blackburn Park.

Blackburn with Darwen Council in partnership with Landscape Engineering Ltd have teamed-up to provide a Pump track and training course for cyclists at Witton Country Park.

The exciting new facility is being funded by the Council's Local Transport Plan and is being promoted through the Councils sustainable transport project BwD Connect.

This new facility aims to further strengthen cycling opportunities in the borough for all abilities.

The 50 metre long track will be a looped route known as a pump track, consisting of a series of rollers and berms that can be ridden without pedaling.

Top 10 Myths about teaching Science in EYFS

Top 10 Myths about teaching Science in EYFS

1. Science is too complicated

Whilst I think teaching advanced quantum mechanics to 3 year olds might be taking things a little too far, science is all around us and in everything we see and do. Anything is complicated when you look at it in enough detail.

Teaching the basic principles of science including: experimentation, observation, deducing / concluding findings, evidence based approaches, discovery, analysing, questioning, finding out the answers are things that children do naturally.

We need to nurture this in built curiosity and start to hone these skills from an early age. Skills that will be useful in all walks of life whether or not you end up becoming the next Stephen Hawking.

Baby&More has everything a nursery needs...and more!

Baby&More has everything a nursery needs...and more!

Renowned nursery distributor Baby&More has excellent links with nursery providers and since their launch nearly 10 years ago, the company has consistently delivered mum-inspired products which work well both at home and in the nursery care environment.

 

2016 has seen the firm continue to expand existing lines as well as introducing brand new products to the UK nursery market. Baby&More are the exclusive UK distributor of the Wonder Bibs by  Mum 2 Mum.  

 

Baby&More has everything a nursery needs...and more!

Baby&More has everything a nursery needs...and more!

Renowned nursery distributor Baby&More has excellent links with nursery providers and since their launch nearly 10 years ago, the company has consistently delivered mum-inspired products which work well both at home and in the nursery care environment.

 

2016 has seen the firm continue to expand existing lines as well as introducing brand new products to the UK nursery market. Baby&More are the exclusive UK distributor of the Wonder Bibs by  Mum 2 Mum.  

 

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.

The Paw Patrol and Noddy’s WhoWhatWhere Tablet

Paw Patrol Blazon

KD UK’s Noddy’s WhoWhatWhere Tablet features in each episode of the new TV series Noddy, Toyland Detective. The WhoWhatWhere Tablet helps Noddy and friends complete missions through various games. Children can now learn about numbers, colours, letters, instruments, shapes and more; whilst having lots of fun with the Toyland gang. The Tablet helps children develop important learning skills such as hand eye coordination, sound recognition, and imaginative role play. It lets young ones enjoy hours of creative role play and is perfect for both indoor and outdoor play. Suitable for children aged 18+ months.

The Paw Patrol and Noddy’s WhoWhatWhere Tablet

Paw Patrol Blazon

KD UK’s Noddy’s WhoWhatWhere Tablet features in each episode of the new TV series Noddy, Toyland Detective. The WhoWhatWhere Tablet helps Noddy and friends complete missions through various games. Children can now learn about numbers, colours, letters, instruments, shapes and more; whilst having lots of fun with the Toyland gang. The Tablet helps children develop important learning skills such as hand eye coordination, sound recognition, and imaginative role play. It lets young ones enjoy hours of creative role play and is perfect for both indoor and outdoor play. Suitable for children aged 18+ months.

Nursery staff receive individual online training in fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

UK nursery staff are now being trained individually online how to identify those at risk or suffering from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and protect Britain's young girls from extreme child abuse.

Developed by SSS Learning as a 'much needed' catalyst for change in safeguarding training the hour-long course is fully CPD-accredited and certifies individual educators, replacing 'often insufficient' traditional group training methods.

"Performed both in the UK and abroad on girls as young as three years old, FGM is a complex, cross-cultural issue which requires a thorough understanding of its origins, forms and how to efficiently identify those at risk" says SSS Learning Director Sam Preston.

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. 

Be a trail blazer and join the STEM revolution - Lab Tots

Be a trail blazer and join the STEM revolution - Labtots

A lot’s been happening in the world of science since I graduated, not least to mention, what I can only describe as a STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics) revolution.

A new generation of scientists (myself included) have been working tirelessly to engage all sectors of society, to make science more accessible and dare I say, cool!

Science is no longer the exclusive reserve of middle aged, bearded men in lab coats but is now being shown as the fun, exiting, interactive, interesting and engaging subject that I know it to be.

There is however one sector that is still dramatically lacking engagement in STEM, and that’s in Early Years Education.

4 Ways Outdoor Playground Equipment Can Boost Social Development

Outdoor_Playground_Equipment

The playground is a place for laughter, energy and happiness. But what is it about the outdoors that provides children with such social stimulation? For one, outdoor play allows children to let off steam, reducing their anxiety levels, but there’s more to it than that just stress-busting. Through the use of outdoor playground equipment, children learn how to interact and cooperate with one another in a way that keeps a smile on everyone’s face.

4 Ways Outdoor Playground Equipment Can Boost Social Development

Outdoor_Playground_Equipment

The playground is a place for laughter, energy and happiness. But what is it about the outdoors that provides children with such social stimulation? For one, outdoor play allows children to let off steam, reducing their anxiety levels, but there’s more to it than that just stress-busting. Through the use of outdoor playground equipment, children learn how to interact and cooperate with one another in a way that keeps a smile on everyone’s face.

4 Ways Outdoor Playground Equipment Can Boost Social Development

Outdoor_Playground_Equipment

The playground is a place for laughter, energy and happiness. But what is it about the outdoors that provides children with such social stimulation? For one, outdoor play allows children to let off steam, reducing their anxiety levels, but there’s more to it than that just stress-busting. Through the use of outdoor playground equipment, children learn how to interact and cooperate with one another in a way that keeps a smile on everyone’s face.

Nursery triumph for Gerflor

Gerflor

In 2014 Tavistock House Day Nursery Ltd were given the go-ahead to turn a former boxing club in Hetton, Sunderland into a new pre-school nursery.

At Hetton House Day Nursery they believe that the early years in a child's life are very important. Ensuring that the children and staff would have a safe and comfortable environment that would be fit for purpose would be at the forefront of their planning, which would of course include the best quality flooring possible. The installation would be done by Tyne and Weir-based Aiken Flooring Contracts Ltd, with the final choice of products falling to international flooring and interiors specialist Gerflor, who would supply 513m² of their hugely popular Taralay Impression Control and Tarasafe Ultra products.