Arranging and equipping the sand and water area
Treasure baskets
Playing in the sand
Colour and sound in your nursery setting

Early years

Early childhood educators tell me a lot of stories when I keynote or train. And since I’ve been speaking and training for almost four decades, you can imagine just how many stories there have been. Lately, though, I keep hearing the same three stories from teachers throughout the country.
For many years Community Playthings' catalogues were instantly recognisable by the whimsical drawings of children that graced the front covers. This short slide show contains a tiny portion of Tabea Johnson's vast collection of artwork. It serves to remind us of the free and wonder-filled...
Children are always watching our eyes- our gaze holds incredible power to convey care and love and respect. Children also tune into our tone of voice, our gestures, our body language, or our stance. These are all the subtle ways we communicate with children and with one another. Wearing a mask...
It takes a village to raise a child. How can I do better, how can I give, share and love to make it a better world for me and for you? I have faith that we will get past it.
When we analyse children’s woodwork it is extraordinary to see how it encompasses all areas of learning and development and invites connections between the different areas. It embraces all the characteristics of effective learning and fosters confident, creative children with passion for...
Our world has changed dramatically in the past several months. Scheduled activities outside the home are no longer driving our days. The sudden lack of social engagements and predictable routines has left many of us struggling, along with our children. But even in the midst of such a widespread...
Childhood is a time for, well, childhood! It’s not a preparation for school or adulthood. It’s a time for allowing children to go at their own pace, giving them the time they need to explore, manipulate, discover, and practise newly acquired skills.
A lot of emphasis is put on reading, writing and storytelling and maths, but actually, if you can’t be creative, how can you solve problems? That’s what the blocks help you to do – you turn a problem over, not only in your mind, but you also turn it over in your hands.
Babies love to play and some bought play resources can be very useful. However, many suitable play items do not need to be purchased.
As the COVID-19 pandemic impacts almost every area of our lives, many of us find ourselves in unique new positions. For example, unable to send our children to nursery, we must now occupy and teach them at home. How can young children’s waking hours be both happy and purposeful, despite the...

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