The four childhood developmental ‘domains’

The way in which children grow, learn and develop is unique to each child, and it’s also really fascinating! Watching them change at every level is wonderful, as you witness them gaining new skills and learning new things. There are five stages of early years child development: Newborn (0-3 months) Infant (3 months to a…

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What are gross motor skills and why are they important?

People Playing In Water

When we consider children’s development, we often talk about refining their fine motor skills. This helps children learn how to perform fiddly jobs such as drawing and colouring, and playing with smaller toys. What is not spoken about as often is gross, or large motor skills. So what are gross or large motor skills, and…

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How to build music into children’s play

Whether you’re a parent, a carer, a guardian, a schoolteacher or a nursery teacher, you will know that absolutely core to a child’s development is to give them exposure to as many different experiences as possible. Music is a really important skill to introduce to children from as early as birth (and even in the…

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Why role-play is so critical for children’s development

You see a cardboard box; your child sees a castle. If there is one thing that all children have, it’s their incredible ability to use their imagination, unhindered. Role-play is a really important skill to encourage in children as it is so vital to their development in so many areas. It helps them build their…

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4 amazing benefits of a Mud Kitchen

It’s commonly understood now that outdoor learning brings with it a whole host of learning opportunities that just cannot be replicated in the home or the classroom. Whether it’s playing on swings and slides, pond-dipping and fire-building, or sliding down mud banks, children embrace the fun of learning outdoors enthusiastically. The rise of forest schools…

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