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Managing menus in uncertain times - advice for nurseries and childminders

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Information for early years settings - pre-schools, nurseries and childminders - struggling to access food during the coronavirus crisisRead more

How to talk to children about coronavirus

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How to respond to children's questions about coronavirusRead more

Equality in the early years

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How Gender Action is challenging gender sterotypes in early years settingsRead more

Coronavirus – what you need to know

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*This page was last updated on 9 April 2020*

Get coronavirus guidance and information for those working in nurseries and the early years — includes links to government public health website and resources. Updated daily.Read more

The EIF: Conveying intent, implementation and impact in your curriculum

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The Education Inspection Framework (Ofsted 2019) places greater emphasis on your approach to curriculum with Ofsted stating that ‘curriculum’ is what is taught and ‘teaching’ is how curriculum content is taught.Read more

Reducing plastic in nursery settings — stories of success

To mark the end of Plastic Free July, we're sharing some amazing stories of nurseries who have radically reduced or cut out single-use plastics.Read more

Should your early years setting go meat-free?

With a growing number of families cutting down on meat, or ditching it altogether, Under 5 magazine editor Rachel Lawler speaks to vegetarian settings to find out how they are making a vegetarian menu work.

This article originally appeared in the February 2019 issue of Under 5. Find out more and subscribe to the magazine here.Read more

Taking the lead: the role of a designated lead for safeguarding in the early years

 

Rachel Buckler, managing director at Safeguarding Training Ltd and co-founder at the Early Years Hub, explains the role of a designated lead for safeguarding in the early years....Read more

World Book Day: how to make a great book corner

 
 
Melanie Pilcher, quality and standards manager at the Alliance, shares some ideas for creating a book corner, or story area, to help encourage children to develop a love of books and reading. This is an...Read more

Plastic not so fantastic

Melanie Pilcher, quality and standards manager at the Alliance, considers how early years settings can reduce the amount of plastic waste they produceRead more

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