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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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  • Plastic Waste Blog Image

    The campaign to help tackle plastic waste

    05 September 2019 By Steve Sefton, Category Buyer – Food

    TV shows and the media are becoming ever more focused on the negative impact of single use plastics and the grave impact they have on the environment and in-particular, the world’s oceans and the creatures who live within them. By making small changes in our day to day lives, we can help contribute to a more positive future.

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  • children in lesson

    Ideas for a more focussed learning environment

    07 August 2019 By Hester Binge - Education consultant and trainer, specialising wellbeing and science

    As someone who supports wellbeing and mental health in schools, as well as science, the below statistics are just the tip off the iceberg. So, I was pleased that in 2020 it will be statutory for primary pupils to learn about the importance of their mental health and how this impacts on their everyday lives.

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  • Multifunctional Devices Framework

    Multifunctional Devices Framework FAQs

    01 August 2019 By Zoe Morgan-Kriek - Category Buyer ICT

    Last month we held a webinar talking through our multifunctional devices (MFDs) framework and have pulled together some of the FAQs below, as a handy guide for you. Below is a transcript from the webinar and the video will be coming soon.

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  • How to buy cleaning products

    24 July 2019 By Kelly Snee, Category Buyer - Cleaning

    As the summer is finally here (yippee!) most of our attentions now turn to the cleaning regime as that deep summer clean looms over us. Instead of burying our heads in the…well…dust, we thought it would be helpful outlining the top three points to consider before purchasing cleaning products.

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  • Cricket World Cup Fever!

    Cricket World Cup Fever!

    18 July 2019 By Rhian Binns - Communications Officer

    After 44 long years of hurt including 3 final losses, the England team have finally managed to bring home the Cricket World Cup.

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  • YPO consultancy services

    How to procure consultancy services – the YPO way

    18 July 2019 By James Bridgland - Reed Consultancy+

    Consultancy and professional services spend has long been a challenges across the Public Sector for a number of organisations. Issues ranging from how to classify and procure consultancy through to what best value looks like and how to protect the business from risk.

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  • coding blog logo

    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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