Safeguarding in New Ofsted Inspection Framework

Safeguarding in Ofsted’s New Inspection Framework: What should Early Years Providers Know?

Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework is all set to be rolled out this September. Although there are a number of new changes across the spectrum, we will focus on the inspection of ‘safeguarding’ for early years in this post. According … Continue Reading

Guidelines on portion data-lazy-sizes for pre-schoolers

Revised Guidelines Published on Portion Sizes for Pre-Schoolers

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has published the updated version of its 5532 Guide –  a resource for planning a healthy, varied and balanced diet for pre-schoolers. The updated guidelines, developed by an expert panel of nutrition scientists and early … Continue Reading

Sensory-based food education for preschools and after school clubs

Sensory-Based Food Education: What can Preschools and After School Clubs do?

For all the picky eaters who are happy to survive on chicken nuggets and fish fingers, sensory based-food education could open the doors to a whole new world of healthier food choices (sans the pressure). Sensory-based food education, which has … Continue Reading

Paediatric First Aid Millie's Mark launches in Scotland

Paediatric First Aid Accreditation, Millie’s Mark, Launches in Scotland

Childcare settings in Scotland will now be eligible to apply for Millie’s Mark, the gold standard in Paediatric First Aid for childcare providers. The childcare quality endorsement scheme received the green flag from the Scottish Government, with Children’s Minister Marie … Continue Reading

Early Years Coalition Launched Ahead of Government Consulation

Early Years Organisations Launch Survey Ahead of Government Consultation

A new coalition of the UK’s leading early years organizations including the NDNA, PACEY and Early Years Alliance have launched a survey ahead of the Government Consultation on Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) later this year. The coalition was founded … Continue Reading

The benefit of reading and why is reading so important for children

Why Should You Encourage Children to Read?

There was a time when the regal hardbound encyclopaedias, dictionaries and atlases were looked up to as supreme sources of information. They offered fascinating nuggets of wisdom, enriched our vocabulary and enlightened us with answers to mind-boggling questions. Mark Twain, … Continue Reading

How to reduce the waste at your childcare centre

5 Ways to Reduce Your Nursery’s Waste Footprint

From recycling cardboard boxes and paper waste for craft activities to maintaining compost pits, most childcare centres follow a solid waste management routine these days. However, with the climate crisis looming large above our heads, every bit of extra effort … Continue Reading

How to implement heuristic play at your setting

How to Get Started with Heuristic Play

Now, now, now, before you conjure up the picture of some fancy pedagogic approach that will get you scrambling for funds, let’s give you a heads-up, it’s nowhere near as complicated ( or expensive) as the name will have you … Continue Reading

Recruiting Early Years Staff in the UK

Things to Remember when Recruiting Early Years Staff in the UK

One of the most important boxes to tick when starting a new childcare business is building the right team. As children are often unable to vocalise their feelings or seek help when needed, it is vital that childcare providers adopt … Continue Reading

Leeds tackles childhood obesity

Leeds Tackles Preschool Obesity with Programme Henry

Leeds becomes the first city in the UK to reverse its childhood obesity rate. Henry, a  council-led programme is being hailed as the key to the city’s success. As obesity remains a nationwide problem, Leeds earns the distinction of being … Continue Reading