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Selective Mutism

Selective mutism has not been recognised medically as an anxiety disorder for very long, but is actually experienced by 1 in 140 children. It usually starts during childhood and can continue into adulthood if it is left untreated or there are significant underlying issues. What is selective mutism? Selective mutism is a form of anxiety disorder and is characterised as an inability to speak in specific social circumstances. These [...]

By |September 25th, 2018|Categories: Safeguarding|

Early Years Wellbeing

Wellbeing is a concept which is very familiar to adults, and improving wellbeing is often seen as a life goal. The concept is just as relevant for early years children too and should form an intrinsic part of nursery care. Why is wellbeing important? Wellbeing in modern times represents a lot more than just being healthy or being OK, it is about flourishing and blossoming at life as a [...]

By |September 6th, 2018|Categories: Safeguarding|

Safeguarding and the Early Years Foundation Stage

The wellbeing of all children at your childcare setting is of prime importance, and safeguarding forms a key element of that. What is safeguarding? The Government has recently issued guidance on safeguarding and the definitions that sit behind it (Working Together to Safeguard Children – 2018). Safeguarding is wider than child protection, which relates to protection of children from significant harm arising from neglect or abuse. Safeguarding covers the [...]

By |July 30th, 2018|Categories: Safeguarding|

The New Early Years Goals

From September 2018, 25 schools across England will be trialling a new set of goals for four and five year olds. These will set out where children will be expected to progress to in language and vocabulary, as well as maths and literacy. These new Early Learning Goals have been designed in an effort to create more time for pupil interaction by decreasing teachers’ workloads. They are also expected [...]

By |July 16th, 2018|Categories: Child Development|

The Characteristics of Effective Learning

Are you aware of the Characteristics of Effective Learning and what they mean for practitioners? They are a key element of the EYFS and guide how children should learn from their activities, experiences and environment. The fundamental principle is around how the individual child is learning, rather than what they are learning. Practitioners should be able to show that they understand the Characteristics and also how each child applies [...]

By |July 9th, 2018|Categories: Child Development|

Supporting Children with ADHD

Taking care of children can be a difficult thing to do and it takes a lot of patience. However, as a parent or guardian, you would also want the child to remain free from any kind of harm. If the child faces any kind of problem, it becomes essential to find a solution for the same as soon as possible. ADHD is one such problem. Parents look for different [...]

By |April 16th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Supporting Children with Autism

Autism is a serious issue in the current society. Children with this disorder face a great lot of problems and that is why it is important to have a proper treatment for the same. The main issue in this regard is that the disorder does not have any specific treatments at all. There are numerous therapies but there are no proper cures. That is why it is a big [...]

By |March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Child Development, SEND|

The importance of gender neutral play in early years

Gender neutral play might sound as if a new thing to a number of people but it is rising in popularity. Even though the pace is slow, more schools and parents are becoming aware of this practice. It is a good sign because it is one of the most important things for the current time. Many people do not understand the value of gender neutral play in early years. [...]

By |March 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Early Years Numeracy Skills for Children is Pivotal

Early years settings have been emphatic in proffering an initial platform for kids in their nursery days. Tendering children’s education in early age nurtures their future and ensures they build a dream world for themselves. Maths always remains an essential part of the curriculum from nursery to secondary education and delivers its fruits it different ways. To enhance the level of overall mental ability, the maths ought to be [...]

By |March 8th, 2018|Categories: Child Development|

What is COSHH?

If you haven't heard of COSHH, it means the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH). It is about how you control access to substances that are hazardous to health. In an early years' setting this is of critical importance. This article will outline COSHH, the regulatory framework along with training advice for early years' leadership. Understanding COSHH The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health became law in 2002. [...]

By |February 28th, 2018|Categories: Nursery Management, Training and Development|

Asperger Syndrome – Introducing NNT’s Latest Early Years e-Learning Resource

There is a "hidden disability" that is creating a massive problem for early years providers. Understanding Asperger Syndrome and the impact it can have on early years provision is crucial. This article will outline why your early years staff need to undertake this issue and how using a targeted training resource could nurture inclusivity within your early years setting. What is the issue? Asperger Syndrome is a "hidden disability" [...]

By |February 28th, 2018|Categories: SEND, Training and Development|

Ofsted: What does the regulator think about continual professional development?

This article will explore the fundamental perspective of continual professional development in relation to Ofsted's overall viewpoint and interpretation. To understand this complex issue, we will evaluate what Ofsted defines as continual professional development, how leaders can utilise technology and the role of leadership in creating the right culture within early-years environments. Ofsted places leadership at the centre of its regulatory framework for continual professional development. The regulator believes [...]

By |February 28th, 2018|Categories: Nursery Management, Ofsted, Training and Development|

GDPR – What Early Years Providers Need to Know

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect on the 25th of May 2018. It will revolutionise the way childcare settings handle and manage personal information. This new regulation will replace the EU Data Protection Directive. The central premise of this new regulation is that privacy is a "fundamental right". There are stringent new fines, new rules and new approaches early years providers need to understand [...]

By |February 27th, 2018|Categories: Data Protection, Nursery Management, Training and Development|

Public Health England’s Change4Life Child’s Snacking Campaign – What you need to know?

Public Health England have announced a new campaign, called Change4Life, with the purpose to help encourage parents to provide two 100 hundred calorie snacks a day to help reduce the overall sugar intake of young children. The campaign is being supported by a range of stakeholders – from supermarkets, schools to manufacturers in a bid to help reduce childhood obesity and dental decay. Public Health England are endeavouring to [...]

By |January 30th, 2018|Categories: Training and Development, Uncategorized|

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