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  • Children in school

    Preparing little learners for the BIG world

    13 September 2019 By Rachael Lythe – YPO Buyer, Curriculum

    Through play and creativity there are many ways to help create a supportive learning environment for children. Our buyer Rachael looks at some of her favourite activities that provide children with strategies to help them on a daily basis, and as they eventually move on to school.

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  • Small World

    The benefits of small world play at pre-school

    12 September 2019 By Helen Dowling - Montague Pre-School

    When asked to write about small world play it was a really good opportunity for us to ask ourselves: Why do we include it in our resources/play? Is it because it ticks a box? Is it because the children like it? Is it because it is included on the EYFS?

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  • Early years eco schools blog

    Early Years can become Eco-Schools too

    12 September 2019 By Lee Wray-Davies & Francis Hyland - Eco-Schools

    We’re pleased to have Eco-Schools on board for the latest issue of Little Learners. They recently announced their new Early Years Pathway, designed to guide nurseries and other early years’ settings to become more environmentally friendly. Their bespoke criteria, free resources and examples of best practice provide everything needed to achieve their internationally recognised Eco-Schools Green Flag award within 12 months of registering.

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    Introducing coding and ICT at an early age

    26 June 2019 By Featherstone All Saints C of E Academy

    Here at Featherstone All Saints C of E Academy, we acknowledge that ICT and Coding are fundamental to every child’s development. Due to the evolving importance of ICT in today’s society, it is key to introduce computing and ICT to children from an early age.

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  • Nature at play

    09 May 2019 By Cosy

    The natural world offers many opportunities for learning. Here are a few specific outdoor learning activity ideas created to encourage and develop children’s fine motor skills. These ideas also work well in settings with limited access to outdoor space.

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  • Yellow Door blog

    Mud kitchen activity ideas

    29 March 2019 By Corin Redsell , Yellow Door

    When children are outdoors they connect with mother nature and learn a lot from her. It will help them develop self-esteem, enhances confidence and paves the way for more role-play, creativity, communication and team-work. You’ll always find a contented and happy child in a mud kitchen.

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  • Craft activities for Mother's Day

    06 March 2019 By Amelia Clutton, Category Buyer - Arts, Crafts and Creative Textiles

    Getting children to make take home gifts to coincide with key events is a great way to build relationships with parents. If you wanted to, you could even use this as a fundraising activity and ask parents to buy their child’s creation. With Mother’s Day coming up soon, we’ve provided a couple of fun craft activities you could do with children for this.

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  • nursery tableware blog

    What to consider when choosing nursery tableware

    18 January 2019 By Sally Williamson - Catering Category Buyer

    Meal times at nursery are never going to be the cleanest of events, but choosing the right tableware can help to minimise the mess and if you are clever in what you choose, meal times can be fun, colourful and safe!

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  • Understanding the world around us

    14 January 2019 By Tilly - Kit for Kids

    As adults, we fully understand the world around us. Some of us may have even visited different countries, worked with people from different cultures or experienced nature in its purest form, perhaps on safari or on magical jungle adventures. But for the growing child, whose brain is still developing, understanding the world that surrounds them can sometimes be more complex than we expect.

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  • school allotment blog

    Get started with your school allotment

    14 January 2019 By Sally Williamson - Catering Category Buyer

    With the increased emphasis on healthy eating, school allotments are becoming more popular. Getting children involved in growing fruit and vegetables gives them an understanding of where their food comes from. It’s an exciting way for them to combine this with the school kitchen, so that they can plant, grow and eat their own food.

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