History of Kindergarten

Kindergarten: The Story Behind

To many, kindergarten is an American version of a preschool or nursery, but with a strange German name. Did you know kindergarten has its origins in Germany and was founded nearly two centuries ago as the first organised system of … Continue Reading

Art projects for out of school time

Creative Art Projects for Out-of-School Time

Scraping your well of inspiration for activity ideas? Here is a roundup of some inspiring art projects to kindle your imagination and add a sprinkling of excitement to your out-of-school time art projects. 1. Tribal Mask-Making Handmakery takes good ol’ … Continue Reading

Department for Education funding for Early Language Development in England

Department for Education to Invest £6.5m for Early Language Development in England

A £6.5m investment funding from the Department for Education is set to help disadvantaged children under the age of five with their early speech and communication skills. According to reports by the Nursery World, the funds will be used to … Continue Reading

History of Montessori Education in the UK

The History of Montessori Education in the UK

About a century ago, an Italian woman came up with the idea that sought to allow children to give expression to their creativity in the classroom. This idea arose out of the fact that she saw the classroom models common … Continue Reading

Tips for encouraging curiosity in children

The Importance of Encouraging Curiosity in Children

From clever quips and brilliant observations to a barrage of questions that catch you off guard, curiosity in children can come dressed in many fascinating guises. Some of them might leave you agape with wonder while some test your patience … Continue Reading

OFCMA: New Body for Childminder Agencies Launches in England

OFCMA: New Body for Childminder Agencies Launches in England

A new association for childminder agencies takes shape in England as the future of the Department of Education’s strategic partnership with early years providers remains unclear. The Organisation for Childminder Agencies (OFCMA) has been formed by eight of the 11 … Continue Reading

Business Plan for Out of School Programs

How to Write a Business Plan for Out of School Programs

You have a business idea to start an out-of-school program. Now, do you need to write a business plan if you are planning to start small and not thinking of seeking external investment? Many small business owners tend to dismiss … Continue Reading

Online Safety for Early Years Settings

The Dos and Don’ts of Online Safety for Early Years

According to Ofcom’s recent survey on Children’s Media Use and Attitude (2018), 52% of 3-4-year-olds use the internet for an average of 9 hours every week and 45% 3-4-year-olds use YouTube. With technology becoming an integral part of our lives, … Continue Reading

Easter Egg Unicorns

10 Cute Easter Craft Ideas for After School Clubs

With Easter just around the corner, here is a roundup of some super cute Easter craft and activity ideas the kids are sure to love. 1. Easter Egg Unicorns These incredibly cute sleepy-eyed unicorns from little inspiration is a must-try … Continue Reading