Nature’s Playground

Outdoor play and physical activity have always been a prolific topic in the Early Years and an aspect of curriculum and provision we all focus on, particularly within a home-based childcare environment this can sometimes be an issue or an area practitioners desire to improve upon as result of space and locality, and we are…

STEM projects

When we think of STEM projects, we often think of busy boys in Reception designing, constructing and problem-solving using hands-on malleable materials, but what about STEM projects within our Early Years? Do these types of activities and projects have a place with our younger children? Are these skills beneficial to children’s learning and development within…

Fun in the Sun

As the country basks in this glorious sunshine, whilst we want to enjoy this incredibly rare occurrence of such tropical weather, we must of course spare a thought for our children and how the heat affects them and what we can do to help. On numerous early years and home-based childcare forums we are a…

Pebbles Saves The Planet!

As a society, we are rapidly becoming more aware of the effects our behaviours and habits are having on the environment, and so we thought it was time our children become more aware of their responsibility and the role they play in protecting the environment we live in. We firmly believe this is a vital lesson…

EYFS Explained: UW

As explained in our previous posts , in this series of our blogs, we will be taking an in depth look into each area of the seven areas of learning and development and talking about and demonstrating how we support the children’s learning and development in each area and the benefits this has. We will look…

EYFS Explained: Mathematics

As explained in our previous posts , in this series of our blogs, we will be taking an in depth look into each area of the seven areas of learning and development and talking about and demonstrating how we support the children’s learning and development in each area and the benefits this has. We will look…

EYFS Explained: Literacy

As explained in our previous posts , in this series of our blogs, we will be taking an in depth look into each area of the seven areas of learning and development and talking about and demonstrating how we support the children’s learning and development in each area and the benefits this has. We will look…

Enabling Environments

As childcare professionals, we are all aware of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and how each of these basic needs need to be met in order for an individual to reach the top of the hierarchy and achieve self-actualisation which enables an individual to become ‘everything one is capable of becoming’ (Maslow, 1987, p64). As early…

One Best Photo

As practitioners, we know that it is important that children learn how to use various ICT devices competently. The range of devices on offer to young children now has risen significantly in the past five years and two-year-olds are now confidently navigating their way around Youtube and BBC Iplayer independently. Whether we like it or…