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Mental Health Awareness Week
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
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
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!
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!) –
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
“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”
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
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
The natural environment
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
Here comes the sun!
We can’t help but love it when we get a bit of the British summertime! Getting outside has always been important to us here at Ickle Pickles and the sunny weather offers new, exciting learning opportunities for us. It also
The Sun is Shining! The Weather is Sweet Again!
The sun is finally shining, flowers are beginning to blossom and we are so excited to embrace all of the seasonal changes that the springtime brings! The spring season brings with it many opportunities to explore new life in nature,