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Best Practice Tips – Is it Age Appropriate?

Posted in: Blog | April 15, 2021

Children are very tactile. They learn so much by touch, and not only by touching with their hands. Being orally tactile, is in-built in small children. They learn from putting things in their mouths. This is why we must be hyper-vigilant about what our children are playing and learning with….

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Best Practice Tips – Music and Singing

Posted in: Blog | April 8, 2021

We have lots of musical instruments at TinyToes. Using these appropriately will make a huge difference to the way the children learn. According to L.M. Levinowitz, Ph.D, ‘ The early childhood years are crucial for using the body to respond as a musical instrument to many different types of music.’…

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Best Practice Tips – Running Indoors

Posted in: Blog | April 1, 2021

Children are programmed to move at speed. Their natural exuberance decrees getting from A to B in the fastest time possible, is key to a happy life. But is it really? Seeing children running happily and freely, is a brilliant thing to watch, especially in an outdoor area, or a…

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Preparing for Big School

Posted in: Blog | March 25, 2021

Previously, we have looked at how we prepare the children here at Tiny Toes, to move groups. We also touched on some of the ways we prepare our preschool children for the move to primary school. This blog will focus on the transition from preschool to primary school. At Tiny…

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The importance of toilet training

Posted in: Blog | March 18, 2021

Richard Vaughn, writing in ‘The Independent ‘ in 2018, quotes Amanda Spielman, Ofsted Watchdog, as saying, ‘ …potty training needs to become more of a cooperative arrangement, as parents are becoming increasingly too busy to do the job themselves.’ She told Early Years Practitioners, that, ‘ Too many children turn…

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Table Talk

Posted in: Blog | March 11, 2021

Family meal time first became popular during the Victorian era. Women, those without servants, needed to get mealtimes over with as quickly as possible, to get everyone out to work on time. The easiest way to do this, was to serve everyone at once, and in the same place. However,…

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Language Development

Posted in: Blog | March 4, 2021

All babies start life without language. Initially, babies communicate through crying, then through gestures. Whatever their nationality, every baby makes the same early sounds. By approximately 10 months, babies can distinguish speech sounds and babbling. Language acquisition flourishes from around 15-18 months. It is a critical stage of a child’s…

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Fairy Tales: Should We Be Reading Them to Our Children?

Posted in: Blog | February 25, 2021

Recently, Kiera Knightly claimed she wouldn’t read fairy tales to her daughter because, in her opinion, they reinforce inappropriate gender stereotyping. That girls will grow up believing they have to be thin, have long, glossy hair, and not only be beautiful, but subservient too, are just some of the reasons…

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Children and the digital world. How much is too much?

Posted in: Blog | February 18, 2021

Children and the digital world. How much is too much? Lots of us remember the excitement of ICT lessons at school. Being given access to a computer was thrilling. Initially, school ICT lessons were basically word-processing lessons, then, almost overnight (or so it seemed) schools were introducing the joys of…

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Visual discrimination in reading and writing.

Posted in: Blog | January 5, 2021

‘A knowledge of letter names is a predictor of learning to read’. (Jean Noel Foulin) It is essential that children recognise that each letter has more than one graphic shape, namely in upper and lower-case letter form, and that each letter has a name and a sound. For example, D…

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SUBSIDISED GOVERNMENT NURSERY PLACES

Childcare subsidy for 2, 3 and 4 year olds is available for either 15 or 30 hours per week over 38 weeks per year. At Tiny Toes we spread this subsidy £201.40 per month or £402.80 per month, over 12 months.