First day at big school

Preparing your child for their first day at school
 Jan Homden gives us 10 things to think about in the weeks leading up to your child starting school. Included are recommended books to share, based around the theme of ‘starting school’, nursery and counting rhymes to recite and sing, suggestions for healthy, creative lunch boxes and the evening before the first day!
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Discovering Minibeasts

A completely revised and updated Early Years and Primary compilation

Ladybird- Minibeasts, Early learning resources, Primary resources, International Teachers MagazineTake the classroom outside and discover the natural world of Minibeasts

‘Teaching outdoors helps encourage curiosity and stimulates all the senses in a way that indoor learning simply cannot do.’  The Woodland Trust. This Early Years and Primary resource, compiled by Jan Homden can also be used by parents who home-school their children.

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We’re not afraid of the dark!

Lots of ideas for the Early Tears to dispel those fears.

In these two PDFs collated by Jan Homden there are dark dens to create and fun ideas to explore when it is dark. There are books to read that encourage children to laugh, talk and share their feelings about the dark. Learn about nocturnal animals, plan a slumber party and end the day in a calm and mindful way with Goodnight Yoga. Lots of resources to dip into.

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Fun with Water in the Early Years

Early Years Resources

Click on the images to download Jan Homden’s free PDFs for Fun with Water Part A & Part B.

Part A – Get on your rain gear and join Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk. Display ideas for your classroom and fiction/non-fiction books to share. Water play activities and simple experiments to encourage prediction, observation and language development.


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Pirates . . . . Yikes!

Resources for the Early Years

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‘Arrr . . . . Arrr . . . . Me Hearties!’  A fun topic to end the year. 

In Part A, role play pirate ships and ideas for dress-ups. Add to that, treasure maps, pirate flags and a Ship’s Log Book. Get started with sea shanties and you’re all ready to set sail!

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Early Years Playground Design

  Get Teddy Outdoors!

loosepartsplayground01In the Northern hemisphere schools are almost halfway through the summer term and perhaps beginning to consider those jobs that will need attention during the weeks of the summer holiday. On your list you may be thinking about redesigning or upgrading your Early Years playground.

Or, you may just want to add something new to your current playground to excite the children as they enjoy the benefit of warmer weather and being outdoors more.

Jan Homden gives us a few ideas to consider in this free downloadable PDF.

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A Fun Day of Colour

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 A fun day of colour: Part A

An opportunity to revise colour. Have a Rainbow Day and raise money for charity. Set up an interactive colour table. Fun ideas for sand and water play and face painting,

Beautiful picture books to read and songs to sing.

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Drop PaintingFun Day of Colour: Part B

An opportunity to revise colour mixing. Lots of great activities for indoors and outdoors that will get everyone involved.

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Planning Effective Outdoor Physical Environments for Early Childhood

downloadPlay has been called the highest expression of human development and few would disagree that it is fundamentally important to a child’s learning and social and emotional wellbeing.

Prue Walsh has a wealth of experience designing outstanding outdoor play environments and here highlights some of the key aspects to consider when planning a play area.


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