5 Sensory Tuff Play Tray Ideas for Early Years!

From birth, children use their five senses to explore and learn about the world around them. Sensory discovery through play is an important part of childhood development. Mum of two Louise Lambert from @lifewithlouise_ is a special needs teacher who love early years education. In this guest post, Louise has created 5 sensory play Tuff Tray ideas for toddlers and preschoolers you can create at home or in an EYFS setting. They’re prefect for keeping little hands busy and helping your child learn through sensory play.

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The New Primary Curriculum: What will the school day look like?

It’s been nearly a quarter of a century since the completion of the last primary curriculum in Ireland. The release of a new primary curriculum framework, following several years of consultation, seeks to align with numerous changes and better equip children for the demands of the 21st century.

What are the key priorities driving this change? And how might they reshape the contemporary classroom?

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Why do the Clocks Change?

Why do the clocks change? In Ireland, we set the clocks ahead an hour in spring, and back an hour in autumn. Ireland is one of several countries in the Northern Hemisphere to change the clocks according to the seasons.

Why do the clocks change?

The clocks change twice a year in Ireland. Clocks go forward an hour at 1am on the last Sunday in March, and back an hour at 2am on the last Sunday in October.

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6 Top Tips for Developing Mindfulness in the Nursery

Introducing mindfulness and meditation in the nursery can improve children’s wellbeing and mental health, as well as helping them to focus on learning. In celebration of World Meditation Day, we have collated six top tips for introducing mindfulness and meditation to your setting. From guided meditation for kids to increasing mindfulness in the EYFS – we’ve got you covered.

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Simple summer early years crafting ideas you MUST try!

Good weather, crafting activities and summer can only mean one thing…outdoor crafts!

There is nothing better than getting crafty in the sunshine and for the best ideas to engage early years learners in this wonderful weather, we turned to our brilliant brand rep @my_three_little_strawberries for some inspiration and they’ve shared their favourite sunny day outdoor crafting ideas for you to try.

Best of all, these ideas are quick and easy and something which parents, guardians and care givers can try at home too.

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How It Works – Word Wasp

  • WASP – Word Articulation Spelling & Pronunciation!
    – Basically means the best way to learn literacy; involves listening, hearing, speaking, watching and above all: thinking! Research is clear on this, learning to read and spell should be done in tandem.
  • Tying spelling to speech is an absolute necessity
  • The texts are one to one manuals designed for school
    and/or home use or a mixture of both.
  • Hornet covers from the age of 5 but is also used with older students who have severe problems.
  • Word Wasp covers from age of 7 to 75!
  • Who can coach? – anyone with a moderate ability to read the English language, no training needed!:
    – Parents / Grandparents / private tutors – ANYONE!
  • Each exercise is accompanied by, easy to
    follow, colour coded instructions. 


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5 Festive paper plate Christmas crafts

This Christmas, we want to bring your children some fun, creative, and easy Christmas craft ideas to make at home or in the nursery.

It’s a good idea to stock up on paper plates during the festive season. They can be used for so many different craft activities! Below, we’ve listed some ideas for Christmas crafts that your little ones can create using a paper plate, with a list of resources from our website to help you.

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Christmas Crafts: Arctic Adventure Scene

This Christmas, we want to make sure your children have some easy, fun, and creative Christmas craft ideas to make at home or in the nursery. We’ve put together a number of how-to guides with different crafts for the festive season, with some resource recommendations to help.

This Christmas craft how-to blog will bring you all the steps you need to create your very own Arctic Adventure play scene!

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