Here you'll find a range of childcare blog posts written by our very own early years experts from 2016.

Process vs product - what do our children prefer?

- Jo Baranek, Early Years Adviser

19 December 2016 
Jo Baranek
As Christmas drew closer we'll have created all the Christmas bits to go home to parents, what a great time to consider process vs product.

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Things Were Changing Fast For Early Years in 2016 - Yet The Same Old Problems Prevail

- Purnima Tanuku OBE, NDNA Chief Executive

13 December 2016 
Purnima Tanuku
This year has been wildly unpredictable for UK and global politics. Everything is different. Yet in many ways, little has changed - at least for the UK nursery sector, which is bracing itself for a watershed year ahead.

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5 great maths activities from our Maths Champions!

8 December 2016
Counting socksLooking for exciting ways to develop maths further in you setting? Check out these fabulous activities from our Maths Champions nurseries! 

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Winter mark making: Rainbow-coloured snow and unique adventures in play

- Fiona Bland, Early Years Adviser

28 November 2016
Fiona Bland
 Winter is here but that’s no reason to stay indoors with pencils and paper. This is a fantastic time of year for outdoor mark making. Here are some tips for making the most of cold weather opportunities.

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19 ways the nation loved NDNA’s Play and Learn with the Teletubbies campaign

21 November 2016
Dipsy hugging little boy

NDNA joined forces with leading pre-school favourites Teletubbies for a fortnight of exciting activities in nurseries and homes. See the campaign in pictures here!

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Making maths matter

- Jo Baranek, NDNA Early Years Adviser

21 November 2016 

Jo Baranek

Maths is a scary word for many of us. If we had a particularly bad experience at school, or a teacher or parent told us we didn't have the "maths gene", then how do we recover from this? More importantly, how do we avoid pushing our negative attitudes of maths onto a new generation, especially when we don't even realise we are? 

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Risking it outdoors

- Fiona Bland, NDNA Early Years Adviser

 9 November 2016 

Fiona Bland

The benefits of outdoor play and exploration for young children are well documented but why is it so important that they learn to deal with risk? Fiona Bland, NDNA Early Years Adviser, reveals her knowledge. 

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Eight of NDNA members' favourite nursery resources

9 September 2016 
Little girl with teddyWe asked some of our members to tell us about their most treasured resources – from cuddly toys to a real, actual river!

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