In the evolving landscape of early years education, child-centred learning has emerged as a pivotal approach, reshaping our understanding of how young minds learn and develop. This educational philosophy, which places the child at the heart of the learning process, recognises the importance of catering to individual interests, abilities, and … [Read more...] about Cultivating Curiosity: How Child-Centred Learning is Redefining Early Education
In the UK, the childcare sector is experiencing a dynamic and significant shift, primarily characterised by an increasing demand for childcare services. This trend is reshaping family dynamics, transforming the operational landscape for childcare providers, and imparting considerable influence on the national economy. To fully grasp this … [Read more...] about Increasing Demand for Childcare Services: Navigating the Challenges and Opportunities in the UK
Nursery practitioners play a crucial role in shaping the early years of a child's life. They provide care, education, and emotional support to children during their most formative years. However, despite the importance of their work, the early childhood education sector faces a significant challenge - a high turnover rate among nursery … [Read more...] about The Top 10 Reasons Why Nursery Practitioners Leave Their Careers
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a framework that sets out how children's developing needs are met through play, care and learning. EYFS covers children from their birth up to 5 years of age. The EYFS defines how these areas should be assessed in order for the child to grow as they should. This blog post will discuss how assessments are … [Read more...] about How Are EYFS Assessed?
The government has not recognised the early years and child care sector despite its vital role in keeping the UK economy moving. Without childcare, many working families cannot work, which will have a knock-on effect on many other aspects of everyday life. The updated test trace guidelines for the workplace have been published, which identifies … [Read more...] about Early Years Sector NOT Recognised Under Self Isolation Exemption
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