Five simple ways to make story time come alive and engaging for children Reading aloud and sharing stories with children of all ages is highly important, it can help many areas of children's development. It can contribute to boosting their language development while inspiring them to enjoy books. Storytelling can help bring children's imagination … [Read more...] about Ways to make story time more fun
Learning and Development
Why all settings should use story sacks
What are the benefits of story sacks? Using story sacks in your Early Years Setting is an excellent way to create and sustain an interest in books. Children enjoy fun and interactive activities, and this is a perfect way to allow children to be more hands on during story time, stimulating their minds and imagination by bringing stories to … [Read more...] about Why all settings should use story sacks
Should the early years stop messy food play?
Do you think the early years should stop messy food play? Messy play and messy food play have played a large role in early years development and learning for many, many years. This is because of the sensory benefits and because all seven areas of the early year's foundation stage can be promoted through messy play and messy food play. Food is … [Read more...] about Should the early years stop messy food play?
Top 5 parachute games for children in the early years
What are the benefits of parachute games? Parachute games are great for children in the early years and can easily entertain a large group of children. These are great for children of all ages and abilities which makes them an incredibly popular purchase by early years settings. There are many benefits of playing parachute games, these … [Read more...] about Top 5 parachute games for children in the early years
Supporting daily transition
How to support a child with horizontal transitions When you think about transitions during the early years, you usually think of joining the setting, moving rooms for example from baby room to toddler room within the setting or starting school, these are usually defined as vertical transitions. Practitioners are very aware of these types of … [Read more...] about Supporting daily transition
Why not try transient art in your setting?
Do you know what transient art is? Have you ever heard of Transient art?Many settings incorporate this into their rooms, it is not something new, it is based on loose parts play. Transient art is known as moveable art, it is a collection of materials that children create a picture from, The materials that are used are … [Read more...] about Why not try transient art in your setting?
Why playdough should be available daily
Do you have playdough out daily? Playdough has so many fantastic benefits for children and it can be very quickly, easily and cheaply made. If you don’t know how to make playdough follow this link to some great simple recipes in child-friendly units of measure so the children can help you make it too. You can use tools or not, have a set … [Read more...] about Why playdough should be available daily
What is Child Led Planning
Claire Willan discussing Child Led Planning Once you get your head around the idea and the way your going to implement this within the setting you will never look back. When I first started my carer in childcare I can remember having weekly / termly themes running. Which changed when the children got bored or staff, which ever came … [Read more...] about What is Child Led Planning
Physical Activity Guidelines – What are these?
Understanding of the Chief Medical Officers Guidelines for Physical Activity Within the new revised Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, there is now a mention of the Chief Medical Officers guidelines for physical activity. For some practitioners and managers, this information may be new, therefore by reading this article, … [Read more...] about Physical Activity Guidelines – What are these?
Top 5 simple science activities to do in the early years
Introducing science into everyday practice Science is a great way to get children excited and intrigued about learning and discovering more. It’s a brilliant way to engage the characteristics of effective learning especially active learning and critically thinking. There are some simple science activities that can be completed with children in the … [Read more...] about Top 5 simple science activities to do in the early years