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Ceeda

Early years researchers at Ceedalaunched the #AboutEYresearch programmein May 2017, to plug the gap in large-scale, systematic research on sector trends and challenges. The research focuses on private, voluntary and independent (PVI) childcare providers.

Join over 1,700 nurseries and pre-schools and 450 childminders on the About Early Years research panel and help build a sound evidence base on childcare delivery costs.

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bedtime “The Children’s Meditations In my Heart”

Asleep in Minutes… Bedtime the Danish way

How bedtime meditation helps children to sleep

FROM ‘Hygge’ to parenting, the Danish way of doing things is often widely talked about and one of Denmark’s latest exports is no exception. “The Children’s Meditations In my Heart” by emerging Danish author GitteWinter Graugaardenables children to fall asleep within minutes. Now available in three different languages, it is beginning to change bedtime routines the world over.

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World’s Creepiest Lullabies

Sweet dreams or nightmares – are we scaring our children to sleep? Have you ever thought about the lyrics sung in lullabies? Although it’s proven that singing help babies get to sleep, if you pay attention to the words sung within these traditional songs, they are often more unsettling than soothing.

Looking into songs from around the world, creepy lyrics are a universally common theme - despite originating from a time before global communication. As we all know, persuading babies to sleep isn’t always an easy job, and any parent will tell you of their desperation to soothe a restless baby. The traditional lullaby has stood the test of time as a way of relaxing at bed time, but are we scaring children to sleep?

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Pedal power to London nursery children with donation of 56 bikes to help tackle the capital’s obesity epidemic, One in five children in the UK start school either overweight or obese. Bikeworks donates 56 bikes to London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) to get nursery children active.

June O’Sullivan MBE warns of ‘absolute crisis’ in nurseries with some children unable to cross their legs due to being overweight.

Call for London Mayor to give every London child access to a bike whilst at nursery to help curb the Capital’s escalating childhood obesity epidemic

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A whole-school refurb meant that privately-owned nursery Headstart was in for a complete change. Not only did the setting get a makeover, but the work also meant moving rooms within the school building. We asked how manager Alison Davies and her team coped with the alterations, and how they feel about their new setting now the dust has settled…

What was your setting like before the refurb and what was on your wish list of improvements?

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SEA LIFE Scarborough

At SEA LIFE Scarborough, we offer a truly unique alternative for your nursery trips. We make sure that your class gets up close and personal to our amazing displays and aim to give young children a fun and memorable experience that helps them to 'understand the world' - one of the four learning and development requirements of the DfE Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage. 

Let us take you on an underwater journey and show you a whole new world of discovery. With over 1,000 creatures to discover, including penguins, otters, seals, sharks and turtles, your class will be amazed by what we have to show them! 

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A new imprint of children’s books has been released with the focus on accessible, loved and trusted stories ideal for shared reading with adults.

Willow Tree’s Picture Story books and chapter fiction stories are all designed to generate a love of reading. They have launched a range of adorable animals which have adventures, work through squabbles and welcome new family members.

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