Here you'll find a range of myNDNA blog posts written by our very own early years advisers and industry experts.

Setting up a nursery forest school

15 April 2019
Child sat in treeThere are few areas of early years practice as rewarding as setting up a forest school for the children in your care. Early years consultant and qualified forest school leader, Tricia Pillay, explores how you can introduce a forest school to your setting.

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Animals and pets at nursery

08 April 2019
Child holding chickThey say never work with children and animals, but as we know, working with children is hugely rewarding - so how can a nursery integrate animals and pets into its provision? 

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Safety in the home environment

 
02 April 2019
Boy role-playing as a fire fighter
It's Family Safety Week 1 – 5 April 2019. Did you know that half of all under 5s are taken to A&E every year because of an accident? Rachel Benchekroun, from RNB Consult and Train, looks at ways you can support parents to keep children safe at home.
 
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Registration officially OPEN for Childcare Expo Manchester

01 April 2019
People laughing
Following on from the tremendous success of the recent London event, Childcare Expo has now set its sights on EventCity in Manchester this Summer. Set to take over the venue for two days from 14th – 15th June, the show promises a bumper line-up of special guests, prominent industry speakers and a range of leading suppliers - and registration for the event is now open!

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Tackling obesity in early years

27 March 2019
Child on climbing frame
Sue Asquith, Early Childhood Consultant, takes a look at tackling obesity and embedding healthy lifestyles from an early age.

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When should nurseries exclude children for sickness?

06 March 2019
Cambridge early years
With cold and flu season peaking in winter, Julia Sudbury of Cambridge Early Years takes a look at when nurseries should exclude children for sickness.


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Surviving seven Ofsted inspections in eight days!

27 February 2019
Lesley Dawson
When Lesley Dawson, Nursery Manager of Children's Corner got the call for their first inspection, the Inspector said they'd be having a busy couple of weeks. Lesley talks us through how this was an understatement to say the least, as in the following eight days, seven inspections took place.

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Children biting at nursery: How should you react?

20 February 2019
Fiona Bland
Biting can be very upsetting for children, their families and staff, but it does happen. It’s important for nurseries to know why this happens and to deal with it effectively. NDNA Early Years Expert Fiona Bland is on hand to help. 

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Planning for an Ofsted inspection

4 February 2019
Sue Asquith
What does Ofsted want to see when inspecting your nursery? And just how much paperwork should you be doing? NDNA Associate and Freelance Early Childhood Consultant Sue Asquith takes a look.

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Discover new ways to get crafty at Childcare Expo London

1 February 2019
London Childcare expo
Childcare Expo London returns on the 1 and 2 March with a series of free interactive workshops throughout the two days to inspire early years and primary education professionals. 

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Reducing plastic waste and single-use plastic at nursery

4 January 2019
Child with drinks carton
Plastic, plastic everywhere… early childhood consultant Sue Asquith takes a look at ways you can reduce single-use plastic and plastic waste at your childcare setting.

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Special guests announced for Childcare Expo London

2 January 2019
Childcare expo speakers
The organisers at Childcare Expo London are proud to announce their special guests for this years event. 

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An open letter to Santa from NDNA

19 December 2018
Little girl writing letter to Santa
Dear Santa, Those in the early years sector have been particularly good this year. Here's what the Elves of NDNA think nurseries deserve for 2019. 
 
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Decorate your own felt Santa hat

12  December 2018
The Consortium logo
Time to pull out the pom poms, break out the baubles and make a Santa hat with The Consortium in their latest blog post.
 
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Take Christmas Back

6  December 2018
Child with Grandad decorating Christmas tree
Christmas should be all about spending time with loved ones, doing activities together and sharing the love. Every so often we lose sight of this. Here are a few ideas to get back to basics. 
 
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