Early Years Foundation Stage

Help and advice on the Early Years Foundation Stage…

Wearing Professionally Fitted Shoes to Nursery

by Sophie Reed - January 25th, 2018

Please bring your child to nursery in professionally fitted shoes eg Clarks, once they are up and walking. The reason for this request is three-fold. Firstly, children’s bones are very soft and so ill-fitting shoes, or even socks and baby grows that are too tight, can affect the development of the foot, and therefore gait, […]
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Do dummies affect speech in young children?

by Sophie Reed - January 25th, 2018

Whether to use a dummy or not can be a controversial topic, especially when you are trying to get your baby to sleep at 2am in the morning before a busy day ahead at work, but what are the pros and cons of dummies. This is an excellent article which helps you objectively weigh up […]
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Encouraging resilience in young children

Encouraging resilience in young children

by Emma Tennant - October 25th, 2017

At our recent parent information evening on Learning at Nursery, Learning at Home the topic of how to encourage resilience came up, and as promised, I said I would write a blog on it. The government recognise resilience particularly in the early years and have called these traits Characteristics of Effective Learning.  Personally, I am […]
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Internet Safety – How to Keep Your Child Safe Online

by Kate Courthold - July 26th, 2017

The internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology may be a challenge, especially if you feel that your children may have better technical skills than you do. Children love using technology and are learning to navigate websites, online games and touch screen technology like […]
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Touchscreen-toddlers’ sleep less, researchers say …

by Kate Courthold - April 24th, 2017

I recently read an article that found a link to the amount of time spent using touchscreens and the amount of sleep children get.  Whilst I don’t find the findings surprising, it is an interesting read; you can find the full article here In summary, the research suggests that for every hour spent on a […]
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‘Children are being reared in captivity’, claims childhood expert

by Kate Courthold - April 5th, 2017

For the last two generations, childhood has been characterised by adult control and shrinking freedoms, with childhood play expert Tim Gill, claiming that children now are “effectively being reared in captivity”.   Credit: Daniel Jedzura, Shutterstock.com Mr Gill spoke at the Childcare Expo, revealing how the fear of children being harmed is causing them to grow […]
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The benefits of an afternoon sleep

by Sophie Reed - February 20th, 2017

Did you know that if your child has a small sleep in the afternoon then this can boost their learning and concentration? A nap in the middle of the day has helped children remember more about the things they learn at pre-school. From research which was carried out by the University of Massachusetts on 40 children […]
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Early Years Model Argued Instead of Grammar Schools?

by Kate Courthold - September 28th, 2016

Some of you may have been following the Grammar School debate that has kicked over the last couple of weeks; even though it may seem a long way away? Who would have thought that Early Years would be offered as a superior model to educate our children? Early Years is often said to follow more […]
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Messy Play Recipes

by Kate Courthold - May 26th, 2016

We have collected some of our favourite ‘recipes’ into one document and these are now available for you to download and experiment with at home.    
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The benefits of group observations

by Sophie Reed - April 29th, 2016

We currently monitor the children’s development through a series of varied observations that are designed to capture all the details of the children’s learning and development. This helps us to then plan our activities for the children in order to cover all areas of their development. You will see these observations as photographs, videos, voice […]
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