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Are soft toy animals just for comfort?

Posted in: Blog | October 2, 2017

Are soft toy animals just for comfort, or can children learn from them,and real animals? Dr. Amanda Gunner, a respected Child Development Expert, argues that; ‘Animals fascinate children for a range of reasons. The big heads and eyes of many animals are shown to have natural appeal, and there is…

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Thank you

Posted in: Blog | October 2, 2017

To All at Tiny Toes, Thank you for looking after me for the last three years. I’ll miss you all very much. Lots and lots of love Archie

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Thank You Cards 2017

Posted in: Blog | September 26, 2017

                       

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Time of new beginnings

Posted in: Blog | September 2, 2017

September is one of my favourite months. It is a time of new beginnings, and the promise of an exciting new year at preschool. We have spent the first few weeks learning about each other, and our new routines. The children have settled really well, and it is a privilege…

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Respecting toys and belongings

Posted in: Blog | September 2, 2017

When Goldilocks broke Baby Bear’s chair, Baby Bear was, understandably, upset. Reading stories like this one, where someone feels sad because another character has broken one of their possessions, opens the door for conversations about respecting toys and belongings, not only of our own , but other people’s too. As…

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August Theme Newsletter

Posted in: Blog | August 2, 2017

Food plays a very important role in all our lives, especially those of children. From the comfort of milk as tiny babies, to experiencing new tastes and textures as they grow, food offers untold opportunities to help both learning, and development. We will be talking about eating healthily, where foods…

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July theme. Numbers and letters.

Posted in: Blog | July 2, 2017

July’s theme presents all of us with a fantastic opportunity to simply continue with what we do every day- teach numbers and letters! Even the smallest babies can be introduced to the concept of numbers and letters. Singing alphabet and counting songs, counting fingers and toes, vocalising initial letter sounds,  (…

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June Newsletter

Posted in: Blog | June 2, 2017

The Romans called June ‘Junius’. It has been suggested that this month was named for the young, or ‘ juniores’. What better month for children? ( well, maybe December!) as the days are long, usually warm, and sometimes dry. An ideal month for holidays and playing outdoors.  This month, we…

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Language Case Study

Posted in: Blog, Case Studies, News | January 24, 2015

Tiny Toes in conjunction with Manchester University – dedicated to research into early language development. Introduction As part of my PhD project, I have been visiting Tiny Toes to investigate children’s language development. I am most interested in how children stop mis-using particular words in past-tense (e.g., “I builded a…

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Bilingual children have better ‘working memory’ than monolingual children.

Posted in: Blog | April 29, 2013

Bilingual children have better ‘working memory’ than monolingual children, study shows; children were shown a series of stimuli (frogs) that simultaneously appeared in different points of the screen. When the frogs disappeared, children had to remember the places where they had appeared. (b) The most complex task: stimuli were separetely…

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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.