Little Explorers Sensory – Quality Learning for Babies

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I am often asked to go and work with settings who want to 'do more' with their baby rooms. The fact that babies are so reliant on adult support and intervention to engage them at the very beginning of their learning journey can be a real challenge. I was really pleased to discover Emma at Little Explorers Sensory who is committed to making those first experiences relevant, meaningful and fun! I have asked her to do me a guest post to explain a bit more about what she does… It still surprises me that I am now a business woman rather than a teacher; the whole process of setting up Little Explorers Sensory is still somewhat of a blur and … Read More

Music in EYFS – Part Two!

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Earlier this year I had a guest post from Kate Davison outlining a very interesting music project that she was doing with Nurseries in County Durham. You will find the original post here. The project has continued and gone from strength to strength and also taken a couple of interesting turns that no one anticipated. Here is Kate's update…. Parental Engagement, Mood and Behaviour Seascape Nursery in Peterlee, an area of significant disadvantage, managed by Kelly Walton, has taken the project in a very interesting and different direction to where I ever envisaged it going. Kelly noticed that the music played had an impact on how the children behaved and their moods. Initially she observed how the children responded to … Read More

Little 1’s Nursery – an approach worth considering

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I asked Amey from Little 1's Nursery to write me a guest post on their highly effective approach to supporting the development of the children (and adults) in their setting. This is her post…   Babies, Tweenies, Transition, Fledglings, Hedgehogs, Blue Room, Winnie the Pooh, Waddlers, Diamond Group, Butterflies…Confused – yes so were we! We like to push the boundaries of the ‘day nursery mould’ and provide innovative leading practice… Little 1 Nursery opened September 2006 from the owners existing childminding business in their family home.  As the nursery grew from 18 children daily to 30 then 50 it was time for Becky and her brood to move out (they became the borrowers … Read More