Fragile: Handle with care.

You may or may not be aware that we are currently undertaking training in order to become a ‘hygee’ accredited setting and as part of this transformation we are reducing the amount of plastic toys in our environments, instead introducing not only wooden resources, but real, china items and other materials to the children. One…

Boys Will Be Boys

The idea that boys develop at a slower rate than girls is a common one across the Early Years Sector as well as wider communities. Is there any truth to this or is it an old wives tale that has developed and grown over time? Well, in actual fact there is some research to support…

Beach School

In Early Years, there are countless pedagogies and learning styles and practices that we can choose to follow within our provisions, and now there is such significant emphasis on outdoor play and its benefits; Forest Schools and Forest sessions have become the norm.But why stop there? Depending on your locality, there are other options to…

Early Years Well-Being Week

Last week was ‘Early Years Well-Being Week’, which bought to attention the importance of the well-being of not only the children in Early Years, but the professionals who work with them. It is no coincidence that this week fell in the same week as ‘World Mental Health Day’, but why has it taken until now…

Topics and Themes

As with any part of our Early Years practice, it is important that we are continually reflecting on, critically analysing and developing our thoughts and practice – but are there some elements of our practice that we overlook? In this blog, we will be taking a deeper and more critical look at the use of…

Caring for Under-Ones.

September is a period of change for most childcare providers; with children leaving to start their transition to school and a new cohort of children to settle in and introduce to the setting. We are no exception to this rule and as we bid farewell to our five school leavers this year, we embarked upon…

Jumpers For Goalposts

Now the football frenzy of the Russia World Cup 2018 has finally died down, we take a refelctive look back on a tournament that not only bought the entire country together as a whole, but also the incredible impact and learning opportunities this tournament had on our children within Early Years. You don’t have to…

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…

Utilising Your Early Years Environment

In our blog on ‘Outdoor Play’ we touched upon the restrictions in terms of space and flexibility that so many settings face in terms of their learning environments. This seems to be an ever recurring problem amongst smaller settings and home-based childcare providers alike. However, we pose the question – is the space the problem or…

Outdoor Play

Across the Early Years Sector, accessing outdoor spaces for outdoor play opportunities is essential for children of all ages as we all know; the idea of the ‘outdoor classroom’ is one that so many of us as professionals strive to achieve on a daily basis, but this ideal is not always obtainable. There are so…

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…