Early years blog

Here you'll find blog posts about issues across the nursery sector, written by early years experts.

Supporting staff with anxieties

7 July 2020
Stressed nursery practitioner
It is important to acknowledge that as lockdown lifts, our anxieties won’t automatically lift with it. In fact, a different level of anxiety may likely emerge. See our tips on supporting your team in this blog post from our early years experts.

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Supporting children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others

12 June 2020
Little girl
The Early Years Foundations Stage framework promotes from an early age, children’s ability to learn about identity and culture, supporting them to develop a positive sense of themselves and others. See our tips on this from our early years expert team.

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Self-care tips for the nursery team

6 May 2020
Blossoms on the Common children relaxing
Self-care is different for everyone and what makes you feel happy is something so unique. It is important for us all to take care of ourselves though, and to implement something into our daily routine that serves us well. 

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Supporting your well-being when helping distressed parents

30 April 2020
Donna Sheldon
While working at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it can be hard to adjust to supporting parents and maintaining your own well-being. NDNA associate Donna Sheldon-Wright has these top tips to support nurseries through this unprecedented time.

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Well-being tips for your nursery to get through the coronavirus outbreak

15 April 2020
Stacy Mann
In the current pandemic, self-care and relaxation has never been more important. Stacy Mann has kindly offered to share her expertise as a Relax Kids and Charge-Up coach in this blog post to support the sector.

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Supporting nursery children to manage their feelings and behaviour

9 March 2020
Sad child cuddling bear
Managing feelings and behaviour is a crucial element of Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) for nursery children. Here are NDNA early years expert Emma Gardner's tips on supporting PSED at your nursery. 

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Get mindful with Childcare and Education Expo’s new addition for 2020!

2 March 2020
Childcare and Education Expo logo
Childcare Education Expo - New for 2020 is the Childcare and Education Mindfulness Zones aimed at inspiring creativity, provoking thoughts and improving your practice.

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Woodwork in early years

28 February 2020
Child doing woodwork
Woodwork is becoming an increasingly popular activity in nurseries across the UK and offers lots of benefits for children. But what is woodwork and how can you incorporate it in to your setting? 

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Bullying in the early years workforce

6 February 2020
Upset practitioner talking to managerBullying can happen in any workplace and can have a real impact on staff well-being. It has a negative effect on staff morale, which in turn can impact on the children they are caring for. See how to manage and discourage bullying at your setting in this blog post.

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Enhance your CPD with Childcare and Education Expo

3 February 2020
Childcare and Education Expo logo
Childcare Education Expo is a two-day event taking place at the Olympia London, designed to inspire and inform early years and primary educators.

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Guest blog from Di Chilvers: Development Does Matter...

23 January 2020
Di Chilvers
Over the years Development Matters has become an integral part of the early years sector’s everyday practice; the “go to” for practitioners, teachers, childminders and parents as an indicator of children’s development and progress.

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Enhance your CPD with Childcare and Education Expo

8 January 2020
Childcare Expo London
Childcare and Education Expo aims to educate early years specialists with a show tailored for professional development. Coming to Olympia London on 20-21 March 2020, this two-day event is full of exciting and educational seminars and workshops.

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