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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.

Choose an insurer that specialises in you

Morton Michel has specialised in childcare insurance for more than 50 years and evolved with the industry through half a century of change. Here’s what our experience tells us will benefit you most from using a specialist insurance provider

Just as all childcare businesses are different, not all insurance providers are the same. When choosing who should provide cover for your setting, you should consider the advantages of using a specialist provider whose deep understanding of the industry means they can be trusted to meet your needs. In March 2016, Morton Michel won Specialist Broker of the Year at the Commercial Insurance Awards, recognising the level of expertise and commitment that we offer to the childcare industry. 

Choose an insurer that specialises in you

Morton Michel has specialised in childcare insurance for more than 50 years and evolved with the industry through half a century of change. Here’s what our experience tells us will benefit you most from using a specialist insurance provider

Just as all childcare businesses are different, not all insurance providers are the same. When choosing who should provide cover for your setting, you should consider the advantages of using a specialist provider whose deep understanding of the industry means they can be trusted to meet your needs. In March 2016, Morton Michel won Specialist Broker of the Year at the Commercial Insurance Awards, recognising the level of expertise and commitment that we offer to the childcare industry. 

HAGS’ New Tango Swing Seat Launches In The UK

HAGS, one of the leading providers of playground equipment, have just recently released the Tango Swing Seat in the UK. The seat allows parents to swing face-to-face with their children, meaning that now adults can join in with the playground fun!

The Tango Swing Seat has already launched in continental Europe and has proved to be rather popular amongst families there. Now that it has launched in the UK, it is hoped the swing will aid with child development and child-parent bonding, in addition to being a funrecreational addition to the playground.


HAGS’ New Tango Swing Seat Launches In The UK

HAGS, one of the leading providers of playground equipment, have just recently released the Tango Swing Seat in the UK. The seat allows parents to swing face-to-face with their children, meaning that now adults can join in with the playground fun!

The Tango Swing Seat has already launched in continental Europe and has proved to be rather popular amongst families there. Now that it has launched in the UK, it is hoped the swing will aid with child development and child-parent bonding, in addition to being a funrecreational addition to the playground.


Eden bring the heart of the countryside to suburban Liverpool

Outdoor learning specialists Eden Play have completely transformed an urban playground into a truly spectacular natural landscape.

Clubmoor Children’s Centre on the outskirts of Liverpool offers not only a day nursery, but also acts as a gateway to a wide range of children’s and family support provision.  Along with their sister site, Ellergreen in the Norris Green area of Liverpool, this amazing facility and its caring, professional staff provides an invaluable support service to the local community.


Eden bring the heart of the countryside to suburban Liverpool

Outdoor learning specialists Eden Play have completely transformed an urban playground into a truly spectacular natural landscape.

Clubmoor Children’s Centre on the outskirts of Liverpool offers not only a day nursery, but also acts as a gateway to a wide range of children’s and family support provision.  Along with their sister site, Ellergreen in the Norris Green area of Liverpool, this amazing facility and its caring, professional staff provides an invaluable support service to the local community.


Val Sabin Publications and Training

25 Years ago Val Sabin was the originator of teaching manuals for physical education. We are still the only publisher to produce specialist comprehensive and user-friendly PE manuals rich with subject knowledge. Each manual has been produced to answer a specific need, and all the material exceeds National Curriculum requirements, is thoroughly tested, and proven and is fully inclusive. The manuals are now used in schools all over the world.

Val Sabin Publications and Training

25 Years ago Val Sabin was the originator of teaching manuals for physical education. We are still the only publisher to produce specialist comprehensive and user-friendly PE manuals rich with subject knowledge. Each manual has been produced to answer a specific need, and all the material exceeds National Curriculum requirements, is thoroughly tested, and proven and is fully inclusive. The manuals are now used in schools all over the world.

BVS ECOtouch

CREATING WAVES ACROSS THE COUNTRYThe BVS ECOtouch Interactive Touch Screens are creating a wave of interest in the touch screen arena. The low price and excellent quality have made the ECOtouch a very attractive proposition for schools looking to move to this new technology.

When it comes to features, the BVS ECOtouch screens are certainly very much on par with the rest. But what sets them apart is the price and performance. The ECOtouch screens cost nearly 40% less than the more established rivals, but there is no compromise on quality or performance. This is borne out by the glowing testimonials ECOtouch screens have continued to receive - check these out at   www.bvstouchscreens.com.

BVS ECOtouch

CREATING WAVES ACROSS THE COUNTRYThe BVS ECOtouch Interactive Touch Screens are creating a wave of interest in the touch screen arena. The low price and excellent quality have made the ECOtouch a very attractive proposition for schools looking to move to this new technology.

When it comes to features, the BVS ECOtouch screens are certainly very much on par with the rest. But what sets them apart is the price and performance. The ECOtouch screens cost nearly 40% less than the more established rivals, but there is no compromise on quality or performance. This is borne out by the glowing testimonials ECOtouch screens have continued to receive - check these out at   www.bvstouchscreens.com.

Adventure Toys

Adventure Toys is a family run toy retail business with 26 years’ experience. Our staff are passionate about toys and their role in education.

All having children and grandchildren of our own we know the importance of play in a child’s development. Nothing makes us smile more than seeing a child creating imaginary worlds using the toys we have on display.

Adventure toys specialize in well-designed traditional toys. If you visit the shop you will see a large outdoor display area with all the garden toys and inside is often described by customers as an Aladdin’s cave.

Adventure Toys

Adventure Toys is a family run toy retail business with 26 years’ experience. Our staff are passionate about toys and their role in education.

All having children and grandchildren of our own we know the importance of play in a child’s development. Nothing makes us smile more than seeing a child creating imaginary worlds using the toys we have on display.

Adventure toys specialize in well-designed traditional toys. If you visit the shop you will see a large outdoor display area with all the garden toys and inside is often described by customers as an Aladdin’s cave.

Compulsory Paediatric First Aid Training Sees New Era for Nursery Staff

City College Plymouth has welcomed new Government proposals that state training in paediatric first aid will be compulsory for all nursery staff in England.

The College is offering their paediatric first aid course to nurseries across the City. The course satisfies the Ofsted requirements for childcare settings, the Childcare Register and the Early Years Register.