Toys or no toys at nursery?

More and more nurseries are beginning to reassess their use of certain or all toys in their setting. No toys – or no plastic toys – can mean new enriching learning opportunities for children and also benefits the environment. This is why, among other reasons, some nurseries have chosen to get rid of plastic toys,… Continue reading Toys or no toys at nursery?

Nursery staff well-being

According to the World Health Organisation, mental health is: “a state of well-being, in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” What role does your work as a… Continue reading Nursery staff well-being

Settling children into nursery

See our top tips for settling children into nursery. Thinking about childcare and returning to work can be a daunting and often scary thought, especially when baby places in popular, high-quality nurseries often fill up fast – meaning you may have to make these decisions when your baby is still quite young. See our tips… Continue reading Settling children into nursery

Why is maths important in early years?

Maths is important in early years as receiving a good foundation in maths is essential for life skills. As well as developing numeracy (understanding and using numbers), it helps with skills such as problem-solving, understanding and using shapes and measures and developing spatial awareness. Mathematical development in the EYFS helps children to recognise, create and… Continue reading Why is maths important in early years?

Makaton in early years

Being able to communicate is one of the most important skills we need in life. What is Makaton? Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order. Why do we need… Continue reading Makaton in early years

Emotional literacy

During this pandemic – and any other time – children have big emotions that they sometimes struggle to control. Well, let’s face it, as adults we do too. Stacy Mann has kindly offered to share her expertise as a Relax Kids and Charge-Up coach in this blog post to support the sector with emotional literacy.… Continue reading Emotional literacy