Going Outdoors

Have you ever noticed how, when you are out in an open space like a park, or as part of a walk, one of the first things your small child wants to do, is let go of your hand and tear off........?  The open space is so exciting and being active is vital for your child's growth and development. However, we as parents almost immediately start to worry.  What if they run out of sight? What if they trip and fall? What if they bump into somebody / something? What if.....?

When do babies start talking

Laying the foundations for speech - This is the first of two posts focusing on language development in babies and toddlers. This article briefly outlines the main precursors to speech. To find out more about how you can support you toddler as speech emerges please see my Top Tips for Talking.

Why Toddlers Need to Climb

Climbing, climbing climbing. What toddler doesn’t love climbing? And what parent or carer doesn’t grow even just a few grey hairs during this mountaineering stage?! As stressful as it is though, this obsession with getting on and off, in and out, under, over and through is so important. By taking a risk and ‘having a go’ at manoeuvring their bodies within their environment children can test out what works – and what doesn’t! - through trial and error.

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Have you ever asked your children / charges / students what they really want to do?  What are they interested in?  And how can you nurture that in them?  This is a must watch for every parent, teacher and student.

Nurture Outdoor Kindergarten

Nurture Outdoor Kindergarten was founded in January 2015 on the idea that a progressive education model can be combined with embracing the outdoor environment to create a vibrant, innovative Early Years setting where children's inherent desire to learn about themselves and their world is nurtured. Together with other early years experts we have been working hard to develop a new approach in early years education. Our Nature Nurtures approach is influenced by Magda Gerber's respectful approach, the philosophies of Scandinavian and German Kindergartens. Nature Nurtures promotes the importance of outdoor experiences for young children, because through nature we are able to engage their senses, inspire curiosity, awe and wonder, and fuel creativity and imagination - essential ingredients for exploration, learning and development.

Childhood Bereavement

Top Tips on supporting children who are grieving - This is the second of two posts focusing on children's experiences of grief.  Here Carol Lee provides an overview of how you can support a child who is grieving. From ensuring an honest approach to providing opportunities for tactile play, we have some top tips here for parents and nannies.