19th July 2019

Big bang! Small hands… Big ideas!

Creative woodwork in early childhood These are exciting times. In recent years there has been a surge of interest in woodworking in Early Years education. In some cases this will be settings starting from scratch, in others, it’s a case of dusting down the workbench and digging out the tools after many years of neglect.…

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11th June 2019

Does the absence of male carers matter?

It will be Father’s Day on Sunday. Many families now celebrate this annual event with gifts and cards acknowledging significant male carers in children’s lives. We do not do so in our household. I am told that we are making a stand against commercial interests exploiting our gullibility. No card for me then, instead, I…

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14th May 2019

What to expect from an inspection under the new Education Inspection Framework

In September 2019 a new framework will come into place and all early years provision registered with Ofsted will be required to meet its expectations. We have captured some specific themes and developments that will feature in the Education Inspection Framework providing a snap shot of what to expect when you are inspected from September…

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25th March 2019

Showcasing King’s Park Day Nursery

King’s Park Day Nursery in Prescot were the winners of our recent Storybook competition, getting over 1,600 likes on their favourite book, Whatever Next by Jill Murphy. Their prize? 5 copies of their books, a bundle of resources to inspire continued learning AND a full day’s session with Professional Storyteller Jake Evans. Our Marketing Coordinator,…

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18th March 2019

Creative Storytelling.

How to tell your own stories. The theme of this year’s World Book Day was ‘Share a Story’. So we asked Professional Storyteller, Jake Evans to come back to Connect HQ and give us some tips on making up your own stories. Jake has built a career on telling meaningful and emotive stories. Here Jake…

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5th March 2019

Professional Storytelling Tips…

In the words of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, “There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. A love of books is best of all”. Here at Connect we couldn’t agree more. With World Book Day fast approaching and the success of our recent storybook competition, we spoke to professional Storyteller, Jake Evans about his…

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8th February 2019

Achieving more through Training & Development

Co-op Childcare takes home NMT Nursery Training and Development Award 2018 In this blog we ask Babita Saroy, Quality Excellence Manager at Co-op Childcare, on her thoughts around winning the award – and the hard work the whole team put in to get there. We are so thrilled to have secured such a prestigious award,…

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13th December 2018

An Innovative Approach to Child Nutrition

The Professional Nursery Kitchen was delighted to be chosen as the winner at the Nursery Management Today Awards for Nursery Product / Innovation, being recognised for providing the nursery sector with the most exciting and important product over the past two years. The Professional Nursery Kitchen was created by a group of nurseries who pooled…

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