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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.

Innovative range of education furniture is child's play to leading manufacturers

British Thornton launches new range of nursery equipment

A new range of educational furniture is set to make playtime healthier than ever, thanks to a special anti-bacterial surface treatment. 

Manufacturers of education furniture British Thornton is proud to present a new range of innovative educational furniture to inspire young children and help staff maintain a clean and healthy environment. 

The new trudy nursery range has been specifically designed to meet need highlighted by nursery manager, while allowing children to enjoy learning and interaction through the use of solid, natural materials, minimal colour and designs that encourage imaginative play. 

Innovative range of education furniture is child's play to leading manufacturers

British Thornton launches new range of nursery equipment

A new range of educational furniture is set to make playtime healthier than ever, thanks to a special anti-bacterial surface treatment. 

Manufacturers of education furniture British Thornton is proud to present a new range of innovative educational furniture to inspire young children and help staff maintain a clean and healthy environment. 

The new trudy nursery range has been specifically designed to meet need highlighted by nursery manager, while allowing children to enjoy learning and interaction through the use of solid, natural materials, minimal colour and designs that encourage imaginative play. 

Innovative range of education furniture is child's play to leading manufacturers

British Thornton launches new range of nursery equipment

A new range of educational furniture is set to make playtime healthier than ever, thanks to a special anti-bacterial surface treatment. 

Manufacturers of education furniture British Thornton is proud to present a new range of innovative educational furniture to inspire young children and help staff maintain a clean and healthy environment. 

The new trudy nursery range has been specifically designed to meet need highlighted by nursery manager, while allowing children to enjoy learning and interaction through the use of solid, natural materials, minimal colour and designs that encourage imaginative play. 

Innovative range of education furniture is child's play to leading manufacturers

British Thornton launches new range of nursery equipment

A new range of educational furniture is set to make playtime healthier than ever, thanks to a special anti-bacterial surface treatment. 

Manufacturers of education furniture British Thornton is proud to present a new range of innovative educational furniture to inspire young children and help staff maintain a clean and healthy environment. 

The new trudy nursery range has been specifically designed to meet need highlighted by nursery manager, while allowing children to enjoy learning and interaction through the use of solid, natural materials, minimal colour and designs that encourage imaginative play. 

S is for Starting School!

books

New Personalised Early-Learning Alphabet Book

Is your child starting school or nursery this year? If so mark this all-important milestone with a beautifully illustrated personalised Alphabet book from Itsyourstory. Not only a fantastic teaching aid which brings the alphabet to life by making them the star – but also a perfect keepsake which includes a personal message from you to the child at the front.

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.