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Mental Health Awareness Week

May 16, 2019
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There has been plenty of information in the news and social media about how this week is Mental Health Awareness Week and it is wonderful that we have such an open opportunity to discuss the importance of our mental health

Storal Learning Manager Away Day 2019

May 8, 2019
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At the end of April, our Nursery Managers and team from Central Support gathered in Birmingham for our very first Manager Away Day. After rapidly growing from 6 to 16 nurseries in the last 12 months, these 2 days were

Parents in Partnership

March 25, 2019
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When babies are born, they have billions of brain cells! These cells are not yet connected into the networks required for thinking, playing and interacting and so their relationship with their main caregiver/parent is key in helping to develop these

Little Parts, Big Adventures!

February 18, 2019
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The theory of Loose Parts has been exciting us as early years practitioners for many years. You may well have noticed the amount of loose parts we have been introducing into the nursery over recent months (if not years!) –

Celebrating Me

January 21, 2019
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With the start of a new year, there is plenty in the media about a “new year, new you”! Maybe, though, it is more about “new year, more you” and having more confidence in who you already are and being

Cosy Christmas

December 19, 2018

Christmas can be such a magical time, especially for children, who are filled with a sense of wonder and excitement about the season. Nothing can beat watching children’s faces light up at the sight of Christmas surprises and treats! In

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”

October 18, 2018
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This week is National Libraries Week! In the nursery and pre-school, we are big advocates for reading and sharing these experiences together. We have a large focus on early literacy skills as part of our everyday provision, providing a variety

Risky Business

September 19, 2018
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All humans are ‘hardwired’ to take risks from birth, whether it is taking a first breath, a first roll or a first step. Children have an enthusiasm for making their own choices, investigating and exploring, questioning and experimenting and this

Power of Parents

August 16, 2018
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Power of Parents We have long since recognised the power of parents at Ickle Pickles Day Nursery and we are very excited that over the coming months we are planning new ways to engage parents in the nursery and their

The natural environment

July 17, 2018
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It has long since been understood that using nature and natural materials can encourage children to use all of their senses and engage in close observation. Here at Ickle Pickles Day Nursery in Iwade, we have recently been bringing lots