Cool Canvas Wooden Teepee Giveaway

When Oliver suggested that he make a Teepee for me to Giveaway - how could I say 'no'?! Better than that...even if you don't win, then you can got to YouTube and get the instructions for how to make your own. You could even have your own little Teepee village! All details on how to enter at the end of this post. But for now, over to Oliver... Hi. I’m Oliver Wotherspoon and it is great to be involved in another super summer giveaway. I am passionate about outdoors play, and with my company, Cool Canvas , I have spent over a decade designing, manufacturing and installing fantastic natural playgrounds. From fallen log climbing structures to texture kitchens I love play...

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Nana’s Manners – Cutlery Giveaway…

This year at the Childcare Expo I had the GREAT pleasure of meeting Kathryn from Nana's Manners and having a really good look at her ergonomically designed cutlery. I remembered watching her on Dragon's Den and thinking it was a really good idea and I was right! Kathryn has given me THREE sets of cutlery and Conversation Cards to giveaway. Info about how to enter is at the end of the blogpost but here is a bit more info about Nana's Manners cutlery.   As teachers, we fundamentally know the importance of looking at the world through a child’s eyes and the value in giving them the tools they need for their current stage of development. I taught in Primary...

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Are your children ‘School Ready’?

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of being the opening speaker at the National Day Nurseries Association 2018 Conference in Coventry. The NDNA do such brilliant work. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to work with them. My Keynote was called 'Inspiring Children to Learn' and my challenge was to try and fit all into 45 mins. Unfortunately, I didn't manage it. But, we only overran by a little bit! One of the things that I talked about was how we can all work to equip children with 'School Readiness', although I am not entirely sure anyone has decided exactly what that is. Here were my thoughts on 'READINESS' I reckon if we can create environments and opportunities...

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