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New study shows British children need to get out and play more

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With stories of childhood obesity never far from the headlines, it’s easy to believe that each generation of children is lazier than the last. But a new survey of 6 – 11 year olds suggests that British children believe they’re wrapped in cotton wool by their parents and would like more freedom to play outside.

The research by family skincare brand Sudocrem found that almost 3 in 5 children (57%) said their parents worried too much about their safety and almost two-thirds of those aged 8 – 11 (64%) thought they should be able to go to the park with their friends, unaccompanied by an adult.

Managing Transitions in Early Years

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Research suggests that transitions are central to young children’s development and emotional wellbeing, and the way in which the first transitions are handled could have a significant impact on the child’s capacity to cope with change in the short and long term.

Early years practitioners should ensure children are fully supported through these key transitions and plan for them appropriately, says Elizabeth Walker, Lead Commentator with Wolters Kluwer’s Croner-i Early Years.

 

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Children’s charity to fund country’s first hospital-based nursery teacher

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A charity set up by a family in memory of their late daughter is set to fund the first hospital-based nursery teacher in the country at Southampton Children’s Hospital.

 

Piggles Trust, founded by Caroline and Edward Martin who live near Andover, aims to provide early years education to young patients across the country.

 

Currently, there is no provision for delivering pre-school education for children aged two to five while they are in hospital – despite being a crucial age for learning and development.

 

Following the first appointment, Piggles Trust hopes to bridge this gap by replicating the Southampton post to create a national team of nursery teachers solely for NHS hospitals.

 

Green light for brand new Birmingham business park nursery, Wiggles & Giggles

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A brand new nursery has been given the green light by Ofsted.

The brand new childcare facility, Wiggles and Giggles day nursery is open for registration and will officially open on 10th July.

Owners say that the 80 place nursery, which will open from 7.30am until 6pm, covers all early years ages, from 12 weeks right up until the children go to reception and has three main rooms, a baby room, a toddler room and a pre-school room, and also a sleep room.

The importance of music in early education

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Young children have an almost natural musicality; adoring all sorts of fun, musical interactions, be it through song, rhymes, moving or playing an instrument.  We’ve all seen the joy in a child’s face when they’ve pulled out the pots and pans and are banging away merrily with a wooden spoon or dancing and twirling around the kitchen to an upbeat tune on the radio.

 

Even from a very young age music can be a powerful mood enhancer making children feel happy, excited, calm or even sad.  Children seem to recognise and appreciate the beauty and transformative qualities that music has to offer. 

 

Diversity in Doll Play

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Children in an adult world may often feel small and insignificant. Doll play can be instrumental in developing young children’s confidence in their ability to solve problems and interact with their environment. Pretend play, especially doll play, has a crucial role to play in all areas of development for young children.

Brush-baby says help your baby learn-to-love the dentist!

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Brush-Baby, the specialist baby and kids oral health company, understands the importance of the earliest adoption of an oral care routine for babies to help them learn-to-love the dentist and enjoy cleaning their teeth as they get older.  To this end, Brush-Baby has developed a range of dental wipes, teething wipes, teethers and first brushes and toothpastes to encourage parents to routinely clean their babies’ gums and mouths. There are a number of benefits to starting your babies’ oral care routine as early as possible, and these include reducing decay-causing bacteria, keeping the mouth clean for when the first teeth arrive and getting little babies used to having their gums and teeth wiped and brushed on a regular basis.

Could parents be the answer to the teacher recruitment crisis?

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With nurseries and pre-schools struggling to find enough staff and competition growing tough, how can you recruit the people you need?  Natalie Hancock, mum and teaching assistant, gives her opinion on what pre-schools and nurseries can do to stand out from the crowd.

 

When the company where I was working as an office manager went through a takeover, things changed.  As a mum with a young family it meant that the previous job flexibility no longer existed, the demands on my time at work were increasing and I didn’t want to compromise the care of my children for the sake of work.  Speaking to my husband we came to the decision that I should look at other careers providing the flexibility we needed as a family.

 

New study shows British children need to get out and play more

British child

With stories of childhood obesity never far from the headlines, it’s easy to believe that each generation of children is lazier than the last. But a new survey of 6 – 11 year olds suggests that British children believe they’re wrapped in cotton wool by their parents and would like more freedom to play outside. 

 

The research by family skincare brand Sudocrem found that almost 3 in 5 children (57%) said their parents worried too much about their safety and almost two-thirds of those aged 8 – 11 (64%) thought they should be able to go to the park with their friends, unaccompanied by an adult.

Helping children to write their name

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From a very early age a child writing their name is the first significant academic milestone. There is a lot to be done before this stage in terms of development of fine motor skills, such as sticks in playdough, tracing in gloop, the list is endless.

When it comes to learning to write their name a child should be first encouraged to trace dots in various shapes such as waves, zigzags and then specific shapes such as circles, squares, triangles and rectangles. Once they have achieved this they can start to trace over letters and numbers. These are featured in a free practice kit available when you join the free newsletter.

Award-Winning Charity Launches Free Training For London Nurseries

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AN AWARD-WINNING charity with twenty years’ experience bringing the benefits of music therapy to vulnerable people in the UK and around the world is launching a new awards scheme for their highly acclaimed training course.

 

Music as Therapy International is a South London-based registered charity who believe passionately in the power of music to make the most of people’s potential, overcoming obstacles such as disability, trauma and mental illness. Their unique approach sees them train care staff to use simple music therapy techniques and musical activities, providing them with resources and professional support to make sustainable change.

 

Nurseries must find new ways to raise funds due to impending cuts

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The government’s controversial new funding policy is going to put the future of hundreds of nurseries at risk, a Labour MP has warned.

 

Pat McFadden said nursery schools could lose up to a third of their funding, encouraging them to make staff cuts or even close altogether.  The Wolverhampton South East MP has written to ministers calling for the policy to be scrapped. 

 

In these uncertain times, nursery schools and preschools must find new ways to raise money to ensure that they can continue to provide their invaluable service to pre-schoolers and their families. 

 

Liam Donnison appointed Best Practice Network managing director

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Liam Donnison has been appointed managing director of Best Practice Network, a provider of accredited training for leaders, teachers, support staff and governors in schools and early years settings.

 

He will focus on expanding BPN’s national delivery partnerships with schools, as well as school improvement work and opportunities to apply UK expertise overseas.

 

Liam joins BPN from Hong Kong, where he headed a team of 200 staff, delivering learning for 10,000 pre-school, primary, secondary and adult learners across 12 sites. 

 

“I’m delighted to have this chance to develop BPN‘s strengths in school partnerships, leadership and professional development,” he said. “What really strikes me

New funding to champion childminding

Thanks to a grant worth almost £400k, PACEY will be able to support many more registered childminders to consider how to make their small businesses more sustainable and whether they could deliver funded early education places.

 

PACEY knows that many registered childminders in England are currently deciding whether to deliver funded early education (including the extension to 30 hours) or not. Two questions are key to many childminders trying to make this important decision. Firstly how funded early education might impact on their long term business sustainability? Secondly how likely it is parents will choose a childminder to access their funded place?

 

Busy Bees training academy receives shining report from Ofsted inspectors

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Busy Bees Training Academy is celebrating after receiving a glowing report following its latest OFSTED inspection. The Staffordshire-based training provider was inspected by OFSTED in February 2017 and received an ‘Outstanding’ report from inspectors across the board.

Busy Bees Training currently oversees over 1,500 childcare, management and catering apprenticeships, as well as 20 short courses delivered at each of its 12 venues throughout the country. It joins an elite group of training providers to achieve the accolade, as only four learning and skills providers achieved outstanding in the 2015/2016 academic year. 

Let your pupils get inspired by this year’s Kiddiwash Clean Hands Competition

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Nurseries and pre-schools across the UK have another chance to win a key piece of equipment to help their young pupils learn the importance of proper handwashing through the 2017 Kiddiwash Clean Hands Competition.  At the same time, it offers a fun activity for enthusiastic, young artists using their own clean hands as their inspiration.

 

Hoping to repeat the success of last year’s competition, TEAL Patents will award a free Kiddisynk to one winner and a Kiddiwash Xtra to two runners-up.  Kiddiwash is a range of portable, warm-water, hand washing basins specifically designed for use without mains plumbing – either water supply or drainage.  Simple to enter, the competition can be easily incorporated into a hand-washing lesson, making it both fun and memorable. 

72% of parents unaware that confidence development begins before 5 years old

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As a report reveals that 72% of parents are unaware that confidence development begins before the age of 5, Anne-Marie Martin, Founder of diddi dance, the much loved preschool dance classes, is urging parents to take action and help develop their child’s confidence from a young age with early interaction in activities.