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  • Provoking curiosity in early years

    24 November 2020 By Designs for Education

    Children are naturally curious, as educators it is our role to encourage and develop this to enable them to learn through their interests and investigations. The more curious a child is the more observant they are, which in turn encourages deeper thinking and an ability to figure things out.

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    Play tray inspiration

    18 November 2020 By Cosy

    The trusty play tray is versatile and easy-to-clean, making it the ideal resource for a wide range of activities, both indoor and out. Our friends at Cosy are always creating interesting and inspiring play tray ideas – here are some of their favourites.

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  • Making maths magical through play

    10 November 2020 By Learn Well

    Make it sparkly and twinkly, make it squidgy and smelly, make it natural and textured. Let children use real things and lots of them. Let them hold them, move them, squish them, smell them, describe them and yes, count them. Doing the same thing in lots of different ways, using all of the senses, will build a strong sense of number: the awesome one, the tantalising two, the thunderous three, the fabulous four!

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  • Keeping your outdoor areas cosy in winter

    04 November 2020 By Cosy

    Winter is coming – but don’t let that stop you from embracing the great outdoors! Playing outdoors in the fresh, chilly open air can help build resistance and improve health.

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    Early years mental health activities

    26 October 2020 By Yellow Door

    Emotional well-being and resilience are vital to the development of young children, providing them with foundational skills for their adult life. Children who can understand, express, and regulate their emotions are well equipped for facing challenges, learning effectively, and planning how to manage themselves when experiencing emotional difficulties.

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  • Flourishing after lockdown

    20 October 2020 By Habiba Khan, Preschool Room Leader/SENCO at Creative Child Nursery

    After being enveloped in the safety and familiarity of their homes for so long, we could only imagine how daunting it would be for our children to contemplate emerging from the comfort of their loved ones and venture back into a drastically changed world. It was vital for us to maintain our children’s happiness, to welcome them back into their home away from home and most importantly, to prioritise their wellbeing. With all that in mind, we enriched our outdoor learning environment and bought nature back into our setting.

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    Cleaning guidelines for your early years furniture

    08 September 2020 By The Furniture and Design Team at YPO

    Since the pandemic outbreak there is a heightened awareness of the lengths we need to go to, to keep our hands, personal belongings and daily apparatus clean to ensure we are all doing what we can to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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    Great group games for maths

    03 September 2020 By Yellow Door

    There is rich mathematical learning potential in the outdoors as children use the space to naturally problem-solve and make discoveries about numbers, shapes, and measures.

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    Play and learn outdoors with Cosy

    18 August 2020 By Emma Davies - Early Years Educational Specialist at Cosy Direct

    With an ever-increasing emphasis on the benefits of outdoor play, it’s a wonderful opportunity for schools and settings to audit and extend their provision. It’s a wonderful sight to see children fully immersed in a quality outdoor learning environment, somewhere that enables challenge and motivation, as well as nurturing.

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    Adapting early years indoor spaces

    10 August 2020 By The Furniture and Design Team at YPO

    When searching through the UK government regulations for advice on keeping young children safe in an early years environment, it can be difficult to know how to activate this in your setting. Many underestimate the difficulty in keeping small children apart, preventing them from touching and potentially passing on germs.

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