Category Archives: Nursery

What is the most effective way of ensuring that the children at your nursery are getting the most out of their learning?

Information overload is experienced by everyone and can lead to forgetfulness, confusion and misunderstandings, among a few. But information overload is perhaps more of an issue for young children, not least because they lack a knowledge-base which aids the understanding of a new topic or concept.

With this in mind, it is important for children to regularly revise their new-found knowledge, which is something that can be achieved through creative activities. And this is why we have produced: Creative Activities for the Early Years. 

Creative Activities for the Early Years contains a wealth of creative activities covering a number of themes, such as The Sea, Autumn, Night-time, Rain, Insects, Clocks, and the Farmyard. So when the children at your nursery return from a trip to the farm, their new knowledge can be confirmed and any misunderstanding can be brought to your attention.

What’s more, this resource is not only an effective tool for revision, but is also a great way to introduce new topics and concepts, and can be used as a reference for activity ideas to celebrate Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year.

For more information or to order Creative Activities for the Early Years for £17.99 as a printed book, £12.99 as an e-pdf, or both for £21.89, please visit:

http://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/creative-activities-for-the-early-years-64

Alternatively, you can place an order:

  • over the phone on 01449 766629
  • by email to orders@tradecounter.co.uk
  • by fax on 01449 767122
  • by post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND.

What is the easiest way to get quality picture books at the lowest price, with the fastest delivery?

You may not have heard of Learning Discovery before, and there’s a reason for that…

We’ve been Down Under. Yes, that’s right, Australia! The convicts of yesteryear have spawned, and now one of them has become one of Australia’s largest picture book sellers. With our new locally based office in the UK, we’re ready for you to benefit from the awesome business model that’s been working so well for us down under.

Learning Discovery specialises in variety packs of brand new Picture Books, sending out close to 10,000 packs a year throughout Australia & new Zealand.

We cherry-pick from the best publishers, like Little Tiger Press, Egmont, Simon & Schuster & Andersen Press, just to name a few.

And our huge buying power enables us to offer you titles at 50% discount!

So here’s how it works…

Our variety packs contain 30 of the latest softcover, library quality picture books, and we send them direct to you completely risk free for a 21 day viewing period!

There’s no minimum order, so regardless of what you decide we will cover shipping costs both ways!

The process is super simple…

At the end of your 21 day viewing period you can either keep all the books, keep some of the books, or return them all at no cost.

Email sales@learningdiscovery.uk.com now using Variety Pack Offer in the subject line and we’ll get your pack on the way.

To see our current selection online go to www.learningdiscovery.uk.com

You can easily order anything you like from our website with no need for an official school order or a credit card.

Simply click ‘Invoice my School’ to bypass the payment gateway, and we’ll send an invoice with your order so you can pay later.

And remember, the more you buy the cheaper the titles get. Prices range between £2.99 & £4.49.

Lastly, Aussies love a gamble… So anyone who takes a variety pack in response to this email will receive a £10 coupon to spend on our website IF….

England win the Ashes this year.

Safe bet we think 😀

If you have any questions we’re only a call or a few keystrokes away.

We look forward to hearing from you.

James Layton
Learning Discovery UK Ltd

Learning Discovery UK Ltd
The Old Riding School
The Welbeck Estate
Worksop
Nottinghamshire
S80 3LR
Tel: +44 (0)1909 494 751

Learning Discovery UK Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with company no. 10748133

What is the most effective way of promoting an interest in different cultures

An important aspect of learning is the ability to understand and appreciate other cultures.

Here are some reasons why children should be encouraged to learn about different cultures:

Firstly, other cultures are interesting. It is stimulating to learn about those who are different from you.

Knowledge of other cultures kindles the mind. Learning about other cultures is an interesting way to challenge your thought processes and expand the way you process information.

Learning about other cultures fosters understanding. Many of the problems we have in this world are due to misunderstandings. When you learn about another culture, and see why others do the things they do, it’s easier to understand them.

When you learn about other cultures, you learn that there is more than one approach to life. Perhaps the cultural heritage of someone else can add another dimension to your life.

Being able to tolerate others, and not berate them because of their differences is not only a big part of living in a global community, but it is also the mark of a well-rounded person. Travel enables the meeting and learning about other cultures and customs leading to a richer experience.

Unfortunately, it is not every child who will have the opportunity to travel at a very young age.

Thus, the question arises: how can we introduce pupils to a different culture?

Reading is an opportunity to learn about other cultures.

A fun way to be introduced to a different culture is through the Inca Book Series.

If you would like to learn more about the Inca Book Series there is an immediate opportunity on the website –

www.incabookserieis.com

For the next two weeks, those who subscribe will be eligible for a free book and an Amazon gift certificate.

CULTURE THROUGH BOOKS

R.F. Kristi

Why play therapy support of your children is not an option

If your nursery aims to provide a complete service for your parents and support for all your children, a play therapy service is essential – not just an option.

It’s estimated that 20% of all UK children suffer from some type of social, emotional, behaviour or other mental health problem.  The earlier they get help the better.  But it must be safe and effective – not by unqualified, unregistered, unsupervised persons.  Play therapy has a success record of between 77% and 84% when therapy is delivered to Play Therapy UK standards.

If you are not already using a therapist on the Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists there’s two main ways:

You can find out a lot more about the skills required and the experiential methods of training that we use by attending a one day introduction to play therapy course (13 venues in the UK): http://www.playtherapy.org.uk/Training/TrainCrseAPACIntrod1day

Phone: Dee Rose on 01825 761143 for more details and availability.

If you would like to have a chat about providing a play therapy service and the options in more detail please email Monika at: mokijep@majemail.com

What is perhaps the most effective way to ensure that the learning and development of a child isn’t hindered due to his or her anxiety?

When we consider that most children experience anxiety at some point in their time at nursery school, from separation anxiety to social anxiety, it’s important that there is something in place to help relieve the symptoms that typically hinder an anxious child’s learning and development.

Something which has proven to build confidence and ease anxiety over time, not only for young children but for people of all ages, is the use of drama activities. Which is why, with this in mind, we have developed the resource: Drama Activities for the Early Years.

Drama Activities for the Early Years contains 80 clearly laid out and ready-to-use practical drama activities relating to every area of the curriculum, to enable any practitioner to lead and develop dramatic work with confidence and enthusiasm.

The book explains the theories and values behind the activities and how to harness children’s natural abilities and enthusiasm. This way, practitioners with no previous drama experience can confidently create enjoyable and productive learning experiences.

In order to develop vital self-confidence and social skills children need frequent, regular opportunities to work in groups and to express themselves through drama. Thus the resource contains a topic index which links the activities to popular early years themes and interests, making it easy to plan drama sessions or to find a suitable activity for any occasion.

For more information and to see sample materials from Drama Activities for the Early Years, visit https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/drama-activities-for-the-early-years-453. And if you have any questions about the resource, you can email orders@tradecounter.co.uk.

You can order Drama Activities for the Early Years on our website either in PDF for £12.99 or as a hardcopy paperback book for £17.99. There is also the option to buy the paperback and PDF together at a discounted price of £21.89.

Brilliant Publications,
Mendlesham Industrial Estate,
Norwich Road,
Mendlesham,
Suffolk,
IP14 5ND.

website: www.brilliantpublications.co.uk
email: orders@tradecounter.co.uk

phone: 01449 766629
fax: 01449 768047

Surprises about children’s psychological problems

ADHD and autistic spectrum are not the main reasons why children are referred to therapeutic support.  Our research shows that children’s problems are many and varied.  58 different issues have been recorded of which 24 account for 56% of the total.  ADHD and Autistic Spectrum which receive considerable publicity are only ranked 7th and 11th.   Attachment issues,  family relationship difficulties, adjustment issues, anger, anxiety and experience of domestic violence, account for 45% of the total.

Assuming that support of the parents as well as the children are key mission objectives nursery schools have an excellent opportunity to fulfil these objectives and increase revenue.

Help the children and their parents by providing a Play Therapy service – one that it is delivered by registered practitioners where quality, safety and effectiveness is warranted.

If your nursery is not yet providing play therapy, there are two main options:

I ) Contact your nearest Play Therapy UK registrant to see if one is available to see your children: www.playtherapyregister.org.uk

2) Invest in training one of your staff as a Registered Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills.  You will then have a value added service to increase your revenue.

You can experience how play therapy works, the skills needed and how we train using mainly experiential exercises, by attending a one-day ‘Introduction to Play Therapy’ course held at 13 convenient venues throughout the UK. Phone: 01825 761143 for details

More information: www.playtherapy.org.uk

If you would like to have a chat about providing a play therapy service and the options in more detail please email Monika at: mokijep@majemail.com

 

Activity books and posters to help you deliver fundamental British Values in the Early Years

Following the success of our range of books and classroom resources to support PSHE and Citizenship within KS2 and KS3, we will shortly be launching a range of materials for KS1 and EYFS.

Our British Values EYFS and KS1 Activity Book and posters will give children a series of stimulating images and activities to help embed ideas about –

Democracy – pictures to help children learn about making choices and letting others have their say.

Rule of Law – images to help understand more about rules, and how to tell right from wrong.

Individual Liberty – pictures that show we should all be free to have different ideas and beliefs.

Mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths – a range of images to help children understand that we are more the same than different, and that we should treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves.

To find out more about this brand-new range that will help you deliver fundamental British Values to your early years’ children click HERE and we will contact you when the products become available.

Special Offer on Personalised Garments for Nursery Schools

  • Disappointed in delivery from your uniform supplier?
  • Let down by unreliable late deliveries?
  • Frustrated at a lack of communication from your supplier?

Here at Hudson Sports, we are so confident in our prompt turnaround times that we are offering this very special discount – if we are late with any part of your delivery, we will give you a 25% discount off that part of the order!  Yes, 25% off any item we don’t deliver on time!!  Bear in mind our normal delivery time is in the region of 2-3 weeks, so you can order in the knowledge that your garments will be with you very soon.

Hudson Sports & Corporate Clothing already  supply many nursery schools around the UK with their uniform clothing and have experienced first hand our quick, reliable and personal service.  We are a long established company with a great deal of experience in corporate clothing and schoolwear.

There is a bewildering selection of garments available for uniform wear and with our expertise we are able to give you really good advice about the right garment to select for durability, comfort and price.  All our garments are supplied embroidered with your nursery logo and, indeed, any other design or names you might wish.  The range we offer is extensive but here are just a few of the items which are particularly popular with our customers:

  •  Staff Uniform

Polo shirts
Fleeces
Hoodies
Aprons

  •  Childrens’ Uniform and Equipment

T shirts
Polo shirts
Hoodies
Sweatshirts
Legionnaires baseball caps
Book bags
Junior Backpacks
Hi-viz safety tabards

We also offer a huge range of over 400 other garments which can be embroidered – please have a look at the Embroidered Clothing section of our website www.hudsonsports.co.uk for full details.

Your order will be dealt with personally and we are always available on email/phone for any queries you might have.

We hope you might be interested in our range and would love to hear from you.

Kind regards

Philip Rawnsley
HUDSON SPORTS & CORPORATE CLOTHING

Tel:   01274 732072
Email: 
info@hudsonsports.co.uk

It’s all about attachment

Many adult, adolescent and childhood psychological problems may be traced to attachment issues in early childhood.

How many of the children attending your nursery exhibit these problems through repeated outbursts, crying, clinging or withdrawal?

You can help them and their parents through Play Therapy – provided that it is delivered by registered practitioners.

An evidence base, built over the last 12 years using actual practice data from over a thousand schools, shows that between 77% and 84% of those receiving play therapy delivered to Play Therapy UK standards show a positive change, as observed by teachers and parents. Now with over 20,000 measures, the evidence base is highly reliable.

If your nursery is not yet using play therapy, there are two main options:

I ) Contact your nearest PTUK registrant to see if one is available to see your children: www.playtherapyregister.org.uk

3) Invest in training one of your staff as a Registered Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills.  You will then have a value added service to increase your revenue.

Maybe the first step is to experience how play therapy works and how we train, by attending a one-day ‘Introduction to Play Therapy’ course held at 13 convenient venues throughout the UK. Phone: 01825 761143 to book.

More information: www.playtherapy.org.uk

If you would like to have a chat about attachment issues and the options in more detail please email Monika at: mokijep@aol.com

Strawberries and cream!

Hello! Simon from Easy Peasy Plays here. With summer rapidly approaching, I just wanted to remind you that time’s running out to claim your £10.00 Amazon voucher 

Our Very Own Graduation

 

“Our Very Own…” range of plays are specially created to be fun-packed and easy to stage, with no lines to learn! Told with simple actions, brief narration, and super-simple songs, they’re the perfect showcase for your children – even if you’ve never put on a musical before!

Every play includes everything you need for the perfect show – book, CD, backing tracks, performance licence, karaoke videos… even a full money-back guarantee, so you’ve got nothing to lose!

And for a limited time, when you order any summer play we’ll send you a £10.00 Amazon voucher – woo-hoo!* Just click here for full details, but don’t delay – time’s running out…

Amazon voucher with every summer play

Any questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’re always happy to help.

Very best wishes for an easy peasy day!

Simon Horton

Simon and the team at

Easy Peasy Plays

* Terms and conditions apply. Click here for full details.

For, and on behalf of, Easy Peasy Plays.
Easy Peasy Plays is a trading name of Popcorn School Ltd, a limited company registered in England and Wales under number 8534985 and whose registered offices are located at 20-22 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7GU.

 

Amazon gift cards are on us!

Want an Amazon voucher on us? You got it!

Our fantastic summer plays are the perfect showcase for your childreneven if you’ve never put on a musical before!

One of our biggest sellers is Our Very Own Graduation – perfect for the end of the year! Told with simple actions and brief narration, and packed with enormously entertaining, super-simple songs, all our Early Years plays are guaranteed to be full of fun and easy to stage, so you’ve got nothing to lose!

And for a limited time, when you order any summer play we’ll send you a £10.00 Amazon voucher – woo-hoo! Just click here for full details, but don’t delay – time’s running out…

EASY PEASY PLAYS – That’s summer sorted!

 

Full terms and conditions apply. Click here for details.

For, and on behalf of, Easy Peasy Plays.
Easy Peasy Plays is a trading name of Popcorn School Ltd, a limited company registered in England and Wales under number 8534985 and whose registered offices are located at 20-22 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7GU

A great start to learning their tables

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Give your little children a great start to learning their tables with these charming Plates, Bowls and Beakers.

The children get really involved with the characters and this generates a very strong interest within them to learn the tables, meaning they go off to their next school with a great head start.

Please look at our website www.timestableplates.co.uk  and email or telephone us to ask questions, or seek a sample.

With best regards

Bob Norfolk
Times Table Plates

01273 960950

rnorfolk@hotmail.com

Quality and affordable teaching supplies to support the curriculum

Early Years Resources is a reputable supplier of cutting edge educational resources for Nurseries and Primary Schools throughout the UK and worldwide for 25 years.

Our team consists of experienced teachers and specialists buyers who have sourced innovative and “hard to find” products designed to aid in the delivering of the curriculum and the development of pupils’ skills in the classroom.

Our extensive range of curriculum based resources includes:

  • English – focusing on communication; equipping pupils with a strong command of spoken and written language and nurturing a love of literature
  • Mathematics – teach the key mathematical aims; problem solving, fluency and reasoning in a fun and exciting way
  • Science – broaden pupils’ scientific view of the world through exploring, asking, analysing and observing

To view our range of products visit our website or view our digital catalogue .

Great reasons to shop with us

  • Over 6000 resources to choose from including Art and Craft, Furniture and Outdoor Equipment
  • Resources selected by our team of experienced teachers and specialist buyers
  • 25 years of supplying educational resources to primary schools and early years settings
  • Educational establishments in Ireland can now order directly through our website.
  • Easy ways to order – online, phone, email, fax and post

For further information, feel free to contact us on (+44) 161 865 3355 or email sales@earlyyearsresources.co.uk.

Thank you soooooo much!

I just wanted to thank all the nursery groups who have decided to put on our new production ‘Our Very Own Pop Stars’we have been completely overwhelmed by your support!

We are so excited about this brand new musical for 3- 5 year olds and we are delighted that you are too!

If your nursery would also like to have an end of year celebration like no other, don’t forget, for a limited time, all summer shows include a £10.00 Amazon voucher!  But time’s running out, so don’t delay! Full details here.

Need to ask us something?  Don’t hesitate – we’re always happy to help!

Rob
T: 0333 014 5855

PS: books and CDs will be posted out shortly, but in the meantime, you can get the children practising the songs with these karaoke videos on our website!

Full terms and conditions apply. Click here for details.

Want an Amazon voucher on us? You got it!

Our fantastic “End Of Year” plays are the perfect showcase for your children and your nurseryeven if you’ve never put on a musical before!

And right now, when you purchase your summer show from Easy Peasy Plays we’ll be delighted to send you a £10.00 Amazon voucher or a £10.00 discount – the choice is yours! Just click here for full details.

Told with simple actions and brief narration, and packed with enormously entertaining, super-simple songs, our Early Years plays are guaranteed to be full of fun and easy-to-stage. So why not give it a go?!

Any questions? Just contact us – we’re always happy to help!

Rob
T: 0333 014 5855

EASY PEASY PLAYS – that’s summer sorted!

Full terms and conditions apply. Click here for details.

A great start to learning their tables

Times Table Plates image

Give your little children a great start to learning their tables with these charming Plates, Bowls and Beakers.

The children get really involved with the characters and this generates a very strong interest within them to learn the tables, meaning they go off to their next school with a great head start.

Please look at our website www.timestableplates.co.uk  and email or telephone us to ask questions, or seek a sample.

With best regards

Bob Norfolk
Times Table Plates

01273 960950

rnorfolk@hotmail.com

The noticeboard might just be the hub of your school

A school noticeboard is usually bought for one reason. But that is not all a noticeboard is good for.

A school noticeboard is usually bought to communicate messages to parents where previous methods of communication have been problematic, or failed. But that is not all a noticeboard is good for. Indeed, the noticeboard might just be the hub of your school.

It provides parents with a topic of conversation and school staff with what can loosely be described as a teamwork activity – something which became apparent to Greenbarnes following the analysis of the results of a questionnaire distributed to schools.

To summarise, a school notice board is not just the responsibility of one, but the responsibility of many, and it not only creates a sense of cohesion among staff, but also among parents.

We have a range of styles of outdoor noticeboards which you can see on our website. Alternatively, please do call us on 01280 701093 and we’ll be pleased to discuss our boards, send you a brochure, and give any advice and guidance that you may require.

What do a high proportion of parents of nursery school children worry about on a daily basis?

Most parents would much prefer to be half an hour early rather than risk being fined for being late picking up their child/ren. Thus it might be that a crowd of parents regularly populate the nursery’s entrance long before the day ends.

Clearly this is a scenario which can be used to your advantage, for what do people do when they are waiting around? They read, everything and anything they can find – signs, posters, Ts & Cs….

Therefore, placing a noticeboard outside the nursery could be a very good investment, for there is no doubt that the notices will be read – making it perhaps the most effective nursery-parent communication system.

If you are thinking about buying a noticeboard to put at the entrance of the nursery, Greenbarnes provides a range of styles which you can see on The Noticeboard Shop.

Alternatively, please do call us on 01280 701093 and we’ll be pleased to discuss our boards, send you a brochure, and give any advice and guidance that you may require.

What do nursery schools do in Leavers’ Week?

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In June 2016 the website Preparing for Leavers’ Week asked nursery schools, primary schools and secondary schools around the UK if they became engaged in any Leavers’ Week activities.  And if so, what they did, who took charge, and when they planned it.

All the answers are now in, and those of us conducting the research were really quite surprised by the responses.

Our biggest surprise came from the level of enthusiasm for Leavers’ Week activities in nurseries – it seems to us that this was far, far greater in nursery schools and nursery units than in primary schools.

We were also taken aback by the high level of responses which came in both from nursery schools and nursery units attached to primary schools.

98% of the nursery schools and units said that they did indeed engage in Leavers’ Week activities and gave us a lot of detail as to what they did.

Our questions also involved issues of who took charge of the arrangements and when they started making arrangements.

You can read our full report on Leavers’ Week in Nursery Schools on the “Preparing for Leavers’ Week” website, which also carries our results from surveys of primary and secondary schools.

I do hope you find the information useful. My colleagues and I will be in touch again next term as we develop the site further.  It is, I think, the first time anyone has ever gathered together information on Leavers’ Week from schools around the UK.

Tony Attwood
The “Preparing for Leavers Week” team.

July offer: save on play equipment and games for your nursery with Edventure Playtime Games

As part of Edventure’s 2016 Summer Sale we are offering all of our play equipment and games at 10% off when you quote the code HH1007 on your order or at checkout before 22nd July 2016.

Included in our range of playtime equipment and games are some nursery favourites:

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Balance Beam

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Soft Small Football

 

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Big Build Blocks

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We-Blocks Minis

 

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 Scooter Board

To place an order with Edventure you can either:

  • visit our website at www.edventure.co.uk
  • fax your order to 01323 50 10 41
  • call us on 01323 50 10 40
  • email your order to us at sales@edventure.co.uk           
  • or send your order by post to Edventure Ltd, Hargreaves Business Park, Hargreaves Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 6QW.

There is no minimum order and delivery is free on orders over £200 pre VAT. Payment, either by credit card or cheque, is required with your order.

Now is the perfect time to get your nursery children practising their ball skills

If the nation’s excitement hasn’t given it away already, the Euros have started – making now the perfect time to get your nursery children practising their ball skills and at the same time developing other skills such as: motor skills, dexterity, co-ordination, co-operation, communication…

!cid_823943e7992cfa06c3b35d82695270ef Edventure Playtime Games has devised a Football Multibuy Pack containing 12 soft small footballs suitable for young children.

As always, you can place an order with Edventure in a variety of ways, including:

  • on the website www.edventure.co.uk   
  • by faxing us to 01323 50 10 41
  • by calling us on 01323 50 10 40
  • by emailing us at sales@edventure.co.uk         
  • by post to Edventure Ltd, Hargreaves Business Park, Hargreaves Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 6QW.

Payment, either by credit card or cheque, is required with your order.

Quote HH0515 when you place your order and we will deliver it for FREE!

(Without quoting the code the charge is £3.95.)