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Is 5 too young to start school?

November 2019

Although accepted as the normal protocol across the United Kingdom, children starting school at 5 years old is actually quite unusual. The most common age to start school across the world is at age 6. So why the differences and what are the effects? With most issues in childcare and education the answer is a bit more complicated than a yes or no. It very much depends on what school and what children. Here we explore these issues in more detail to help parents understand this widely discussed question.

November 2019

Although accepted as the normal protocol across the United Kingdom, children starting school at 5 years old is actually quite unusual. The most common age to start school across the world is at age 6. So why the differences and what are the effects? With most issues in childcare and education the answer is a bit more complicated than a yes or no. It very much depends on what school and what children. Here we explore these issues in more detail to help parents understand this widely discussed question.

Posted in categories: Parenting, Play and Learning

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Bringing a nursery model into the infant classroom

September 2019

When I walked into the ‘one-ery’ (a play on the words year ‘one’ and ‘nursery’) at South Morningside, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Many educational professionals had been talking widely about its innovative approach to play-based learning in the first years of school, but how that would fit into an educational system seeking specific learning outcomes was unclear. We were impressed.

September 2019

When I walked into the ‘one-ery’ (a play on the words year ‘one’ and ‘nursery’) at South Morningside, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Many educational professionals had been talking widely about its innovative approach to play-based learning in the first years of school, but how that would fit into an educational system seeking specific learning outcomes was unclear. We were impressed.

Posted in categories: Nursery News, Play and Learning, Scotland

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Parenting tips for raising happy children

August 2019

We all want our kids to be happy, that much is universal. And not just now but in the future too. However, the pressures of modern life make it sometimes seem impossible, perhaps not because we don’t think about it enough; but actually because we think about it too much. You often hear the term who’s going to entertain the kids? like we’re some kind of act to keep children amused. The perpetual social media bragging from other parents, who are away on some fun-packed adventure again, also doesn’t help does it? But what is it that really nurtures happy children?

August 2019

We all want our kids to be happy, that much is universal. And not just now but in the future too. However, the pressures of modern life make it sometimes seem impossible, perhaps not because we don’t think about it enough; but actually because we think about it too much. You often hear the term who’s going to entertain the kids? like we’re some kind of act to keep children amused. The perpetual social media bragging from other parents, who are away on some fun-packed adventure again, also doesn’t help does it? But what is it that really nurtures happy children?

Posted in categories: Children's Health, Parenting

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New Guidelines on Healthy Eating for Pre-School Children

July 2019

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has updated its guidelines on healthy eating for young children. Created by a group of experts in nutrition, the updated information includes advice on portion sizes as well as vegetarian and vegan diets.

July 2019

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has updated its guidelines on healthy eating for young children. Created by a group of experts in nutrition, the updated information includes advice on portion sizes as well as vegetarian and vegan diets.

Posted in categories: Children's Health, Healthy Eating

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Centre combines early years and elderly care in multigenerational programme

July 2019

One particularly successful link is formed when nursery children work closely with senior citizens in elderly care settings, and some nurseries make these trips routinely. The children talk to the residents, sing songs, and perhaps tell a few jokes. However, Towerlight Nursery in Minnesota has taken this idea a step further in the development of multigenerational activities embedded within the curriculum it provides.

July 2019

One particularly successful link is formed when nursery children work closely with senior citizens in elderly care settings, and some nurseries make these trips routinely. The children talk to the residents, sing songs, and perhaps tell a few jokes. However, Towerlight Nursery in Minnesota has taken this idea a step further in the development of multigenerational activities embedded within the curriculum it provides.

Posted in categories: Citizenship, Community Partnerships, Nursery News, Play and Learning

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Is your nursery doing enough to develop emergent number skills?

June 2019

I’ve visited many nurseries, even excellent ones, where there are lots of valuable opportunities missed in terms of developing children’s number knowledge. Here we share some good ideas to get you started along the path to developing a more effective numeracy rich nursery environment.

June 2019

I’ve visited many nurseries, even excellent ones, where there are lots of valuable opportunities missed in terms of developing children’s number knowledge. Here we share some good ideas to get you started along the path to developing a more effective numeracy rich nursery environment.

Posted in categories: Nursery News, Play and Learning

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Cultural Capital in the new Ofsted Inspection Framework

May 2019

Ofsted has recently published its draft framework for early years providers which will be introduced from September 2019. The introduction of Cultural Capital is one notable addition to the new framework that has the potential to cause, at best, a great deal of confusion and inconsistency. Here we take a closer look at cultural capital and provide some insight to help nurseries interpret it.

May 2019

Ofsted has recently published its draft framework for early years providers which will be introduced from September 2019. The introduction of Cultural Capital is one notable addition to the new framework that has the potential to cause, at best, a great deal of confusion and inconsistency. Here we take a closer look at cultural capital and provide some insight to help nurseries interpret it.

Posted in categories: Nursery News, Ofsted, Play and Learning

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Play and child development: what can parents do to enhance it?

March 2019

Almost all professionals in childcare and education as well as parents understand the importance of play in early childhood experiences. However, relatively little is known about how play drives development. The main answer lies in the development of self-regulation. Play, particularly well-considered and rich play opportunities, promote the development of self-regulation in children.

March 2019

Almost all professionals in childcare and education as well as parents understand the importance of play in early childhood experiences. However, relatively little is known about how play drives development. The main answer lies in the development of self-regulation. Play, particularly well-considered and rich play opportunities, promote the development of self-regulation in children.

Posted in categories: Children's Health, Parenting, Play and Learning

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Our 9 year olds built a walking robot

March 2019

Inspiring children in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths doesn’t have to be costly, complicated or time-consuming. That’s what I really like about the concept of monthly STEM project boxes from KiwiCo. They come in a well-packaged little boxes with all the instructions, parts, and other materials needed to complete a mini project. We bought a Tinker Crate from KiwiCo to try it out. After laying out all of the contents for a photo (below), we handed control over to a pair of 9 year olds. Here’s how it went.

March 2019

Inspiring children in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths doesn’t have to be costly, complicated or time-consuming. That’s what I really like about the concept of monthly STEM project boxes from KiwiCo. They come in a well-packaged little boxes with all the instructions, parts, and other materials needed to complete a mini project. We bought a Tinker Crate from KiwiCo to try it out. After laying out all of the contents for a photo (below), we handed control over to a pair of 9 year olds. Here’s how it went.

Posted in categories: Parenting, Play and Learning