Planning For Winter Fundraising With Social Distancing

Scientists and the government are warning us that there’s a potential of a second wave of Covid-19 coming this winter. And as a result, there is likely to be social distancing for the foreseeable future. That doesn’t stop the need for fundraising for your school. Normally, fundraising would be an event, held indoors, that can sometimes get crowded. Events might include school performances, school winter fetes and other evenings. These could all be put at risk should there be a … Continue reading

Three Ways School Canopies Will Help With Re-Opening In September

As schools re-open in September there are going to be significant challenges to face. One of those is space. While the Government guidelines state that children within a bubble don’t have to be concerned with social distancing, bubbles should be separated and all adults on sites must maintain a two-metre distance between them and others. This does present a space issue. However, there are ways that this can be eased through the use of school canopies. Here are three ways … Continue reading

Getting Children Out In Nature

Nature and time outside is long linked to lower levels of stress. The great outdoors is also a great learning opportunity. Children should be spending time outside, even in the coldest weather, and their enthusiasm can be inspiring. Using a range of environments outside can broaden experiences and learning opportunities for children. Organising lessons in fields, forest schools or under glass canopies can really help you provide a wide learning experience that caters for numerous learning preferences and styles. Yet, … Continue reading

Children No Longer Need To Be Crammed

As schools expand, there is a premium in space. One school in the South-West of England has even taken to putting some children into 63-strong classes. As a result, many feel that children are getting crammed into them. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, many schools are aware of the need to provide space for children to play and learn. The learning environment is vital for the success of education. If children feel too crowded or … Continue reading

Ideas For Outdoor Play Sessions

When it comes to the new school year, there’s going to be a lot of excitement from children who are excited about their new classrooms, teachers and even new schools. Many of the children will also be looking forward to going outside whether the weather is wet, cold, sunny or warm. Learning outside is a fantastic opportunity for many children. It helps to develop confidence, social and fine-motor skills – all important for every day life. Playing outside is also … Continue reading

Give Your Students That Fresh Air

February and March now seem to be the time of year when cold weather really sets in over the UK. So this is when the children are often less likely to venture outside and play in the fresh air. However, children don’t have to kept indoors during this time. Instead, play in the colder months is very beneficial. Children who regularly play outside, even in the colder months have higher levels of vitamin D. When 20% of the UK population … Continue reading

Outside Learning Supports Classroom Work

When you’re looking for learning opportunities, outside time is often forgotten or ignored. Normally this is because there’s a significant pressure on teachers to use classrooms and technology. But outside learning can be a valuable partner in your learning schedule. There are several reasons why this is the case, including: Stress reduction There is a lot research showing stress in the classroom for both students and teachers is rising. Yet being in nature is also used in a lot of … Continue reading

How To Make Your Space Work For Your Children

Space is at a premium when it comes to childcare settings. You want to maximise the activities available to all the children, but want to limit the amount of equipment available so it isn’t too overwhelming. Getting this balance right can make a big difference. Children who feel overwhelmed, or even underwhelmed, are more prone to disruptive behaviour and don’t learn as effectively. So how can you make your space work for you? Here are some tips to ensure you … Continue reading

The Outdoor Environment – The Perfect Place For Young Minds And Senses

There is no hiding the fact that an outdoor space at any early years location is a great asset. Children love being outside, whether they are finding bugs hiding in the undergrowth, or pretending to be a superhero. Their play and learning outside is stimulating and memorable. The outdoors can be used in many ways to improve the sensory learning of your children. Here are a few outside activities they can engage in and what you can do to enhance … Continue reading

Top 10 Tips For Protecting Children From The Sun

During the summer months, you’ll want to be outside and so will the children. However, the sun isn’t always safe. Too much can damage skin, and this can lead to premature ageing, sunburn and potentially cancer. So here are the top 10 tips for protecting your children from the sun during the summer: Use sun cream. It should be at least Sun Protection Factor 15. Try to ensure your sun cream is water-resistant, especially if you plan to go to … Continue reading