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  • Mother and young daughter learning the alphabet

    Early Years: Learning in a home environment

    30 March 2020 By Emily Hatfield - Digital Marketing Apprentice at YPO

    As young ones begin to explore and understand the world around them, it is also important to maintain a sense of learning indoors in a controlled home environment. We've compiled a how-to guide that shows the benefits and best practices to encourage our little learners to begin their education at home!

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  • nursery children with teacher on Easter egg hunt

    Exciting activities to help you celebrate Easter

    12 March 2020 By Mel Godley - Category Buyer for Arts and Crafts at YPO

    As the Easter holidays approach, activities and crafts are the perfect way to encourage celebrations as well as keep children occupied. We've got you covered with these easy Easter activities to incorporate in your classroom or to celebrate at home!

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  • young children playing with loose parts

    How to encourage sensory play with loose parts

    26 February 2020 By Emily Hatfield - Digital Marketing Apprentice at YPO

    Taste, touch, smell, sight and sound - the early years of childhood is a valuable time to engage in sensory play. Engaging the senses from a young age can help with developments and learning. Introducing loose parts is the ideal way to encourage this!

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  • you boy playing with loose part materials

    Introducing loose parts in early years

    13 February 2020 By Nicola Cowell - Nursery Manager at Bright Sparks

    We invited Bright Sparks nursery manager, Nicola Cowell, to share her thoughts on how she has introduced loose parts into every day children’s play at her nursery

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  • mother and daughter reading

    The benefits of reading in early years

    23 January 2020 By Linsey Boyle - Campaign Manager at YPO

    Parents are a key role model for their children and their influence is a great way to encourage reading in early years. Finding time to spend enjoying books and stories is important because there are plenty of natural benefits to reading.

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  • a series of plants growing with different students names on

    Top Tips for an Eco-Friendly Classroom

    19 November 2019 By Matthew Larkin - Digital Marketing Officer at YPO

    Here are some useful tips to implement in the classroom to make students more environmentally conscious and to help them make changes.

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  • early years learning outside

    Continue your Eco-School journey for Early Years

    23 October 2019 By Lee Wray-Davies & Francis Hyland - Eco-Schools

    The team at Eco-Schools England hopes that you found our advice useful and enjoyed beginning your journey to achieving the Eco-Schools Green Flag, featured in our Little Learners magazine, issue 9. If you followed our advice, you should now have achieved your Eco-Schools Bronze award: Congratulations!

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  • young children collecting recycling box

    How my daughter taught me about recycling

    25 September 2019 By Linsey Boyle- Early Years Campaign Manager at YPO

    My name is Linsey, I am one of the campaign managers here at YPO and I have recently been developing one of our newest early years resources - the Little Learners magazine! For this I am continuously inspired by my 5 year old daughter.

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    A closer look at the benefits of football

    17 September 2019 By Matthew Pinder – Assistant Buyer for Sports and SEN

    When Gareth Southgate was appointed the England men’s football team manager, he promised to instil a bold, hungry and fearless attitude into his team. This attitude has been stamped onto England’s emerging talented generation of footballers. This has led to an upturn in England’s fortunes, with a strong performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and in this year’s 2019 UEFA Nation’s League.

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  • Intergen

    What happens when a nursery visits a care home

    13 September 2019 By Maria Motley – Nursery Manager, Unicorn Nursery

    There seems to be an increased focus by nurseries to introduce opportunities for intergenerational interactions. In fact, research has shown that elderly adults who spend time socially with the younger generation are less prone to depression and have better physical health. But what are the benefits for our little ones?

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