Back in November 2014, Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, decided all schools and early years’ settings should actively promote British Values, and Ofsted will assess and rate the provision. British values should be included in everything you do. It would be a good idea to involve parents and carers as often as possible, helping to build … [Read more...] about Promoting British Values
For a long time professionals have acknowledged the link between learning the piano and language development. Recently this has been further supported by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A study carried out by the institute found that nursery aged children greatly benefitted from learning the piano. The learning of such an … [Read more...] about Link Between Learning the Piano and Language Development
In 2017 the Scottish government decided to exempt nurseries from business rate tax from the following year. Derek Makay, who is the Holyrood finance secretary, said that “Scotland has always been a leader in education and childcare, and this is the first relief of its kind anywhere in the UK.” Getting rid of business rate tax is thought to … [Read more...] about Should Nurseries In England Be Exempt From Business Rates Tax?
Making sense of play by playing games learning new skills and experimenting by enjoying organised activities, help develop essential early skills. There is a wide range of toys and equipment to suit all ages to support teaching, but effective planned activities are essential. Playtime Is a Significant Learning Time For Children Play … [Read more...] about Making Sense of Play
Unfortunately faddish eaters are part and parcel of nursery life. By thirteen months, a toddler should be able to drink from a cup and may be able to use a spoon or fork themselves. Eating food is a sensorial experience, and so the earlier you start toddlers trying new foods, the better. The more diverse range of meals and varied fruits and … [Read more...] about Dealing With Faddish Eaters
A dummy can be a very useful aid for most parents to help to relax their baby or toddler. By the time a child is two, a dummy should be limited and totally stopped by the age of four according to leading dental health experts even with an orthodontic dummy. If the child hasn’t stopped on their own initiative the parent should intervene before … [Read more...] about Time To Give Up The Dummy?
Could more time be spent playing with the children instead of completing learning journeys? Many people would argue that spending quality time with children is far more crucial than filling in a learning journey. Could practitioners time be used more effectively is the question? As learning journeys aren't an Ofsted … [Read more...] about Are Learning Journeys Too Detailed?
Why not try this creative activity with your toddlers Painting ice cubes Would you ever of thought of putting ice cubes in a #tuffspot tray and letting the children paint them. This simple activity is a great activity for all ages of children, it can develop children's gross motor skills whilst learning about colour mixing. Think about … [Read more...] about Toddlers Getting Creative At Nursery
Find your local Education Authority Training Courses Local councils are a great first stop when looking for Early Years training opportunities. Most councils provide an excellent range of Early Years Training courses for their early years workforce, which includes those in all OFSTED registered early years settings. These opportunities can get … [Read more...] about Your Local Education Authority Training Courses
Warwickshire Education Authority Early Years Training Courses Course Code Course Title Date Time Venue Cost Amount of CPD Hrs If you would like to book onto any of these courses then inform your manager who will be able to book you onto the courses EY15-2006/01 Mud, Mess and Mayhem – Mud Kitchen Workshop Thu … [Read more...] about Warwickshire Education Authority Early Years Training Courses