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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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  • Football image blog 2

    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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  • 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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