What resources to choose when creating your childcare environment If you are looking to redesign or adapt your nursery environment think about how each aspect will contribute to a child's learning and development, think about children's, cognitive emotional, physical needs and their visual and auditory needs. Community Playthings are one of the … [Read more...] about The best resources to create a childcare environment
Top factors contributing to an effective enabling environment In order to create an effective 'enabling environment' it is best to look at contributing factors, as educational pioneers can influence your environment and don't forget children themselves are important factors. When it comes to setting up your enabling environment be mindful of … [Read more...] about How do you create an effective enabling environment?
A deeper understanding of what continuous provision planning is There has been mixed views on continuous provision planning, some people say it is very time consuming where as others find it more effective in planning for children's individual needs. Practitioners need to fully understand what continuous provision is. It is not just the … [Read more...] about Continuous Provision Planning for Early Years Settings
What practitioners need to know about continuous provision It is important for practitioner to fully understand what continuous provision is and how the principles of this will help support children's development. The quality of each area of continuous provision should be continuously assessed both indoors and outdoors to ensure children are … [Read more...] about What is Early Years continuous provision?
Has your nursery got a mud kitchen? We look at the benefits of children playing with a mud kitchen and advice on how to make one. Children are continuously using their imagination and bringing you a cup of tea or a plate of cake, this of course may just be a pile of leaves or a scoop of sand. This is great to observe in the early … [Read more...] about Mud kitchen:Exploring mud
Supporting children's mealtimes Children's mealtimes with can create key issues and challenges for both parents and practitioners. To help support practitioners with mealtimes it is best to look at why these times of the day can be challenging. For both children and practitioners mealtimes can be stressful, how this shouldn't be the case as … [Read more...] about Why children’s mealtimes can be tricky
It can be hard for adults to accept that children grow and gradually become more and more independent and require less from adults. However, children finding their own two feet and learning to do things for themselves does wonders for different aspects of their development, including their self-image and emotional development as well as social … [Read more...] about Building children’s independence
When children are playing they will often show particular schemas, they may also show one particular schema stronger than the other. It is practitioners jobs to be aware of schemas and note when children are displaying these in their play. Schema's demonstrate the understanding in which children behave. With regards to the planning process it is … [Read more...] about Identifying schema’s in children’s play
What is an allergy? An allergy is a immune response by the body to a substance, especially a particular food, pollen, fur, or dust, to which it has become hypersensitive. What foods cause allergic reactions? Everyone is different and therefore have reactions to different things and foods. A person may develop a reaction after they have … [Read more...] about Identifying a food allergy
Teaching children about healthy eating Eat through stories – Many children’s stories include food such as goldilocks with the porridge and Little red riding hood with bread and muffins. This is a great way to engage your child. This way you can discuss why breakfast is important and how porridge is made from oats which is a brilliant source … [Read more...] about Positive approach to healthy eating with children