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Nursery refurb creates space and storage

headstart refurb tables

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?

We ran the pre-school from a small classroom within the primary school which was not purpose built for the under fives. We had to store everything in this room which was very difficult and we even had no personal area or any room for the manager to make calls or meet with parents, staff etc. 

SEA LIFE Scarborough - Discover an underwater world

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! 

Teal - ‘Tis the season to sneeze in schools

As we go into winter and the weather cools, it is more important than ever for both teachers and pupils to be aware of the NHS’ seven, simple, hand washing steps to prevent the spread of germs and illnesses.

 

Noses carry millions of bacteria but many are unaware that up to 50% of all people carry the potentially harmful staphylococcus bacteria which makes sneezing and the blowing of noses one of the easiest ways for germs to run rife.

 

The top 10 bedtime stories to help get your kids to sleep

 kids to sleep

‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ revealed as a vital part of a child’s bedtime routine 

43% of parents read to their child every night 

Hypnotherapist and author Dipti Tait shares insights into why bedtime stories are so important 

 

If you struggle to get your little one to sleep at bedtime, you’re in luck! Bed and sleep specialist, Time 4 Sleep, has revealed the top 10 children’s books that are most likely to help your kids drift off to sleep, with the minimum of fuss.

 

daynurseries.co.uk Helps Nurseries Tackle Childcare Recruitment Problems

A new and innovative CV search tool has been launched by daynurseries.co.uk to help nurseries and children’s centres find the right staff.
 
The tool allows nurseries and children’s centres (employers) to search for candidates based on the desired job role, salary expectations, languages spoken, location and type of contract that they have stated.
 
The innovation will provide vital support to nurseries that are currently having to contend with the 30 hours ‘free’ childcare policy, the introduction of the national living wage, and rising business costs.
 
When an employer clicks on a CV they are interested in, they can then save it, add notes and email the candidate directly.
 

Roll up, roll up, Kidtropolis, the greatest kids’ show on earth is back!

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Kidtropolis announces 2017 dates and an exciting new line-up

Kidtropolis, the UK’s best show for children is back, bigger and better than ever before. Taking place at ExCeL London during October half term, from Monday 23rd October – Thursday 26th October 2017, Kidtropolis is a family event for children aged 12 and under and their parents and guardians.

Packed to the point of bursting, with live shows, children’s character favourites, exciting entertainment, popular brands and endless activities; families won’t find this much fun, all under one roof, anywhere else in the UK. And here’s a little taster of what’s to come at Kidtropolis 2017…

Teaching children good hand hygiene

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Start the new school year by teaching children good hand hygiene procedures

 

With preparations for the new school year well underway, high on the curriculum for all new pupils will be teaching them good hand hygiene habits to minimise absence by stopping the spread of common, contagious infections such as colds and flu. 

 

As more lessons seek to inspire and engage their pupils by progressing from the classroom to the great outdoors, teaching staff need to provide hand washing facilities.

 

The importance of outdoor play in the development of nursery children

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Advances in technology have brought many benefits to our lives and devices such as tablets and computers have become genuinely useful and valuable educational tools for both children and adults.  For example, playing age-appropriate games can help to develop hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills.  At the same time, it’s still hugely important for children to have outdoor play time.  Here are four reasons why.

It promotes physical health and mental wellness

The importance of outdoor play in the development of nursery children

outdoorplay1

Advances in technology have brought many benefits to our lives and devices such as tablets and computers have become genuinely useful and valuable educational tools for both children and adults.  For example, playing age-appropriate games can help to develop hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills.  At the same time, it’s still hugely important for children to have outdoor play time.  Here are four reasons why.

It promotes physical health and mental wellness

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

sudocrem

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.

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

sudocrem

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.

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

boy with doll Playing

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.

Diversity in Doll Play

boy with doll Playing

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.

Changing the face of pre-school catering

 pre-school catering

Pre-school childcare is booming as working parents look for safe and stimulating havens for their youngsters.  While nurseries have come a long way in recent years, one area that can still be an issue is meal times.  Children need their meals to have the right balance of nutrition, to be healthy and safe, and, of course, to taste good.  The food supplier also has to be able to cope with any special dietary requirements.  Despite the boom, no foodservice company has set up a CPU dedicated to the specific needs of nursery foodservice – until now.  The Professional Kitchen is a new company created to supply nurseries with lunches, five days a week.  Meals are made in a purpose-built facility in Basildon, Essex, which local EHO officers described as ‘the best central production unit’ they h

Helping children to write their name

child writing their name

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.

Liam Donnison appointed Best Practice Network managing director

liam donnison

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

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

Dance pre school

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.