early years

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Government supporting schools and colleges to provide face-to-face learning for millions of children and young people

Over 585 former teachers have already come forward to support face-to-face learning

From: Department for Education

Hundreds of former teachers have signed up with supply agencies following the Education Secretary’s call for them to temporarily return to the profession, data published (on Wednesday 12 January) shows.

Initial data from around ten per cent of supply agencies...

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Ofsted calls for stronger oversight of early years multiple providers and social care groups

Ofsted has published two research reports looking at early years multiple providers and providers that own more than one children's home.

From: Ofsted

Published 28 October 2021

Two new research reports by Ofsted, published today, find that current legislation does not reflect the level of influence that early years multiple providers and social care groups have on individual...

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Salary boosts for new maths, science and computing teachers

Salary boosts for new maths, physics, chemistry and computing teachers

From: Department for Education and The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP

Teachers in the early years of their careers will be able to get a salary boost of up to £3,000 tax-free to teach maths, physics, chemistry and computing.

This will support recruitment and retention of specialist teachers in these subjects and...

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Easy as ABC – NDNA hosts our biggest virtual event

Early years phenomenon Alistair Bryce-Clegg gave hundreds of nursery owners, managers and practitioners an hour of inspiration and entertainment in a free event to thank the sector.

The former nursery teacher mesmerised about 400 nursery practitioners with his real-life hilarious stories but also spoke passionately about how to give children the best learning opportunities while at...

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Back to school campaign launches

Children and young people are set to return to early years, schools and colleges over the next few weeks

From: Department for Education , Department of Health and Social Care , UK Health Security Agency , The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP , and The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

Today (Thursday 26 August) the government launches its back to school and college campaign to set out the...

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National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has teamed up with Walker Books as they celebrate 30 years of “Maisy” stories with Maisy goes to nursery story day.

NDNA, Walker Books and Maisy are all going to nursery – are you?

National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has teamed up with Walker Books as they celebrate 30 years of “Maisy” stories using the picture book Maisy Goes to Nursery by Lucy Cousins.

They are hoping nurseries and other early years settings will take part in a dedicated storytelling day and are offering a whole...

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Letter finding activity for kids

I love having a few worksheet type activities pre prepared for rainy days, or if I need a quick go-to activity. This letter finding activity is one of those kinds of activity and my children always really enjoy it. For my 6 year old it is an activity he is really confident with and it gives him a quick feeling of being able to achieve something. My 4 year old is learning all about her letters...

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3 ways to learn about adding and subtracting with duplo blocks

Playing with duplo blocks is a creative way to learn a variety of new skills like addition and subtraction! Your child will love the vibrant colours and bold shapes of duplo blocks, which make them perfect for any learning environment. Maths isn’t always the most exciting subject for kids. To make it more appealing for them, they need to have fun while learning. Here is my top list of...

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Mess Free Painting activity

We don’t mind a messy painting activity in our house, but there are some times where I really don’t fancy having to hose down the children and kitchen after a painting session. This painting activity is a much quicker activity for children to do if you’re are short of time (but it can take a bit longer to set up) and creates hardly any mess at all. The magic ingredient of this activity, which...

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Top 5 activities for introducing your child to spelling words

Top 5 activities to teach your child to spell words

When I started trying to teach my children about simple words I found it all a bit daunting and didn’t really know where to begin. We started off sitting down and writing out the words, but my children lost interest pretty quickly. So I came up with some more creative ways to teach them, here are my top 5 activity ideas ....