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Preparing for a new class can be an overwhelming prospect even for an experienced teacher. When resources are limited and there are special educational needs to take into account, this proves an additional challenge. Rebecca Fisk's article takes us through her journey step by step as she tackles the task of planning and putting things in order, considers individual needs, and is rewarded by success. Special Educational Needs, New Class, Learning Through Play, Learning Environments, Challenges, Journey, Success, Teacher, How To Plan

Preparing the learning envrionment tips and ideas

Preparing for a new class can be an overwhelming prospect even for an experienced teacher. Rebecca Fisk takes us through her journey step by step as she tackles the task of planning and putting things in order, considers individual needs, and is rewarded by success.

Tantrums, meltdowns, sleep disruptions, and regression are ways that children may show that they are having a hard time. So, what can parents and caregivers do to help? Read ideas and tips from Jennifer Fiechtner. Learning Through Play, Caregiver, Behavior, Parents, Challenges, Sleep, Children, Tips, Blog

Ideas for coping with challenging behaviour

Those of us who work with young children know stress often translates into an uptick in challenging behaviours. Tantrums, meltdowns, sleep disruptions, and regression are all ways that children may show that they are having a hard time. So, what can parents and caregivers do to help? Here are three ideas for supporting children.

Help children manage their feelings using creativity and drama. Read this article from Anni McTavish. Helping Children, Learning Through Play, Baby Strollers, Creativity, Drama, Feelings, Fun, Blog, Baby Prams

Support children's emotional well-being

Anni McTavish explains how a compassionate sense of fun can help children deal with their feelings.

Furniture to accomodate children with SEN. Learning Through Play, Case Study, Southern Prep, Castle, Tower, Children, Blog, Furniture, Young Children

Furniture to accomodate children with SEN.

Case study of Castle Tower SEN school

Grasping the significance of play helps us see inside the child’s world and appreciate the impact playing has on development and learning. Read this article. Learning Through Play, Kids Playing, Children, Blog, Young Children, Kids, Children's Comics, Sons, Child

The significance of play

Grasping the significance of play helps us see inside the child's world and appreciate the impact playing has on development and learning.

Self-regulation is a skill we want our children to have. How is it best developed? Here are ideas and thoughts from Ali McClure. Guilty Conscience, When Things Go Wrong, Self Regulation, Learning Through Play, Eyfs, Growth Mindset, Dog Walking, Child Development, The Great Outdoors

Self-regulation is a skill we want our children to have.

Adult-imposed responses to behaviour, whether positive or negative, can take away a child's own feelings of control and stop them learning to think for themselves.

With all the evidence linking good spatial skills with future achievement in all STEM areas, we must find a way to bring back block play. Block Play, Classroom Environment, Learning Through Play, Early Childhood, Kids Rugs, Future, Blog, Kid Friendly Rugs, Future Tense

Block play supports STEM.

After six years of facilitating professional development sessions on the exploration of materials with teachers, I am more convinced than ever that blocks are one of the most essential materials for the early childhood classroom.

In 2017 Norland College fitted out their new nursery training area with Community Playthings furniture and toys. Find out why. Learning Through Play, Case Study, Nursery, College, Training, Community, Toys, Blog, Furniture

Why did Norland College choose Community Playthings furniture

Norland College set up a sample classroom with Community Playthings furniture.

Exciting days for busy little chefs.fancy some Christmas pudding? Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Outdoor Learning, Outdoor Play, Outdoor Range, Mud Kitchen, Little Chef, Christmas Pudding, Water Play, Learning Through Play, Eyfs

Exciting days for busy little chefs...fancy some Christmas pudding?

Take playing and learning outdoors with our extremely durable and weatherproof mud kitchens, outdoor blocks, water play systems, or with our rugged trikes and scooters. Like all our products, the outdoor range comes with a 15-year warranty.

Paper chain making is relatively simple, yet requires incredible concentration and gives those finger muscles a fine-motor workout. Paper Chains, Four Year Old, Learning Through Play, How To Make Paper, The Incredibles, Children, Blog, Young Children, Kids

Making paper chains with four-year-olds

Paper chain making is relatively simple, yet requires incredible concentration and gives those finger muscles a fine-motor workout.

Teachers are seeing young children exhibiting bullying and teasing usually characteristic of older children. What is going on? Social Behavior, Oldest Child, Learning Through Play, Young Children, Compassion, Bullying, Disorders, Teacher, Blog

What is causing some children to develop these social behaviour disturbances?

Many teachers tell me they spend too much time trying to maintain a sense of safety in their classrooms and admit to resorting to more “time outs” and harsher “discipline techniques” than in the past. What is causing some children to develop social behaviour disturbances that I have come to characterize as “Compassion Deficit Disorder”?

When children are encouraged to use loose parts and try their own ideas, they are driven to learn. Outdoor Learning, Outdoor Play, Sensory Activities, Sensory Play, Outdoor Classroom, Forest School, Learning Through Play, Early Childhood Education, Indigo

Loose parts in play

In a world in which we are preparing our youngest generation for professions still unknown, it is imperative to fuel children’s curiosity and appetite for learning. This love of learning, along with the skills to communicate, problem-solve, and self-regulate, will lead to life-long success no matter the profession. Some might say that learning these skills will only happen behind a desk in a typical classroom, but research tells us that children who spend time in well-designed, nature-filled…

There has been a recent resurgence of interest in the UK in the potential of the outdoor environment for supporting children's learning. Learning Through Play, The Great Outdoors, About Uk, Environment, Math, Children, Blog, Young Children, Math Resources

Learning in the outdoor environment

Resonating with the work of early years pioneers such as Rousseau and Froebel – as well as Montessori – there has been a recent resurgence of interest in the UK in the potential of the outdoor environment for supporting children's learning.

No matter how small an outdoor space, it can be made interesting, even if the equipment has to be set up and stored away each day. Outdoor Areas, Outdoor Play, Learning Through Play, Nursery, Babies, Space, Children, Blog, Ideas

No matter how small an outdoor space, it can be made interesting!

Not all children attend will-equipped nurseries with exciting and challenging outdoor areas. But all early years settings should be providing outside play opportunities regardless of their facilities.

When they play, children use trial and error to explore, hypothesize and test their thinking. Learning Through Play, Reggio, Trials, Early Childhood, Explore, Children, Model, Blog, Young Children

When they play, children use trial and error to explore, hypothesize and test their thinking.

In this fourth article of the Model for Living series we explore play and playfulness, which are key dynamics in early childhood development.