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My home as a playground!

For a childminder, maintaining your home as a functioning space and a safe, learning environment is no easy feat, especially when you are continuously trying to encourage physical development. Helen Battelley from Music and Movement talks about some practical ways you can support physical development in your homes. 


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Ready, Steady, Goal! Setting targets that children can achieve

Recently, in the middle of doing a chore I had a momentary pause. I suddenly thought to myself, “Don’t do that, your future self will not be happy”. This in turn had me thinking about how ‘Do that, their future selves will be very happy’ can help in our day-to-day work with young children.


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The importance of STEM learning

STEM learning is the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and maths and is part of our everyday lives. So why has STEM learning not been as significantly regarded as other subjects such as english? We talk to Maria Serveta, Audience Researcher at the Science Museum and Dr Sally Moomaw, an author and Professor of Early Childhood Education with a speciality in mathematics and science.


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Get your garden spring ready

The spring equinox this year falls on Tuesday 20 March – marking the start of some longer days and hopefully better weather. Spring is a positive season all round, there is nothing more hopeful than the sight of daffodils nodding their happy yellow heads in the breeze, the sun warming your face encouraging you to get outside, play and learn with the children to improve their development.  


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Get inspired at Childcare Expo London - opening next week

Childcare Expo London has announced a reputable line-up of education experts and leading early years suppliers to give CPD seminars at the show when it returns to Olympia London next week on 1 and 2 March.


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PACEY Policy – February 2019

Welcome to PACEY’s regular policy update, which provides a summary of the latest policy developments in England and Wales concerning childcare and early years, and how we are representing your views to key decision makers.


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Why Beep Beep! Days are a great tool for understanding road safety basics

On average six children are seriously injured or killed on our roads, in Great Britain, every day. Here at Brake, the road safety charity, we’re doing our bit to ensure that children understand road safety. Get involved with Beep Beep! Days.


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Reasons to be verbal: the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of learning verbs

Last week I overheard an early years professional talking to a colleague about ‘active thinking’. I wasn’t part of the conversation so didn’t ask for clarification but, as ever, my own brain got to thinking what active thinking might mean and what it might include. 


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Busting the paperwork myths in Wales

When speaking to childminders in Wales, particularly those who have been working in the sector for many years we have noticed a growing concern around the amount of paperwork needed when childminding. We decided to look at some of these myths and spread the truth!


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Discover new ways to get crafty at Childcare Expo London

Childcare Expo London returns on the 1st & 2nd March with a series of free interactive workshops throughout the two days to inspire early years and primary education professionals.


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