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Early Start Christmas Shut Down

Early Start Group will be closed for the holiday period from Wednesday  23rd December at 5pm until Monday 4th January. Everybody at Early Start Group would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year. We will see you in the new year. Stay safe. Early Start Group

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Catering for Vegetarian Children in your Early Years Setting

Here in the UK, we have fantastic evidence based advice and resources to support us to eat well and meet our nutritional requirements. This comes in the form of Public Health England’s (PHE) Eatwell Guide, which aims to help us to make healthy choices when shopping, preparing meals or eating out. To achieve a good…

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Creative Christmas Activities

With Christmas just around the corner what better way to get into the  spirit than doing some fun creative christmas activities with your little ones? Here are just a few ideas from the Parenting Team! Bauble painting Brighten up your baubles by adding a splash of paint! Acrylic paint works best with a fine paint…

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Safety at Mealtimes for Infants and Toddlers – Gagging v’s Choking

“I’m worried my baby might choke if their food isn’t smooth” As parents, you may be nervous about introducing solid foods and worried about your little one gagging or choking. We want to support you to feel more confident at mealtimes and provide your with simple steps that you can follow to manage gagging and…

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Nutrition Advent Calendar

Christmas is one of the most wonderful times of the year! There’s lots of festive fun to be had in creating a range of recipes, that can be made by even the smallest of hands. This year we’re bringing together some of our favourite Christmas themed recipes, as part of our Nutrition Advent Calendar. For…

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Menu Planning Options

Menu Planning FAQ’s and Common Pitfalls

In this month’s blog, we answer some of the common questions around menu planning in your early years setting. We also take a look at some of the common pitfalls that we see when we review menus. This will support you when planning nutritious and exciting food for the little ones in your setting! Are…

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Diwali Activity Ideas

Celebrate the festival of light with your children by getting them involved with these fun Diwali activity ideas! Salt Dough Diva Lamps Candles and diva lamps feature greatly in the Diwali festival.  You can make candle holder using dough.  Follow link for easy play dough recipe. Paper Lanterns Using A4 paper, cut off a strip…

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Colourful Wiggly Worms!

A fun experiment for children to create colourful wiggly worms. This activity will help children develop fine motor skills and learn about cause and effect. What you need: 3 paper kitchen towel sheets Pen / Chopstick Washable marker/ colour pens Permanent marker Dropper/pippet Water Plate or Bowl Instructions: Cut a paper towel sheet in half…

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Sensory Play Activities for Toddlers

Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight and hearing. Sensory activities facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. The parenting team have listed some fun sensory activities you can do at home with your toddler,…

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Autumn Leaves Play Activity

Autumn leaves can be used to enhance positive learning with the various age groups. While doing this activity, children will explore through play as well as observe change in nature. This activity will also give parents the opportunity to introduce new words to younger children making them aware of the four different seasons. While using…

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