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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 ou...

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. S...

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 r...

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 ...

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-...

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 in...

Teaching Mastery Motivation or Persistence to Preschoolers

How to Teach Persistence to Preschoolers

‘Tis a lesson you should heed - Try, try again; If at first you don't succeed, Try, try again. Then your courage should appear; For, if you will persevere You will...

Common terms used in childcare and Early Years

Childcare and Early Years Lexicon

From au-pair and childminder to the interchangeably used preschool, daycare, day nursery and kindergarten, we take a look at some of the commonly used terms in child...

5 Common Mistakes Start-Up Childcare Businesses Make

5 Common Mistakes Start-Up Childcare Businesses Make

1. Going for a complex business model A cardinal mistake many start-up childcare businesses tend to make when shaping their business model is – providing too many ...

Benefits of constructive plain early years

Why is Constructive Play Important in Early Years

From cardboard-crate-turned-pirate-ships, kitchen-roll-tube telescopes and muddy trenches in the fields to meticulously built lego police stations, constructive play...