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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

Healthy and Active Lifestyles - top tips for early years settings

 

Inspired by the Alliance publication, Healthy and Active Lifestyles (and just in time for the New Year!) we've put...Read more

Working for you - 2018 in review

 

A look back at how the Alliance has been supporting the sector in the past year - this article originally appeared in our magazine for members, ...Read more

Bonfires, fireworks and fire pits - 6 top tips for planning safe fire activities

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Autumn is the time of year for bonfires and fireworks, and many practitioners contact us to find out how they can introduce fires to their activities whilst safely managing risk.

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Case Study - Developing reflective practice and leadership skills

 

In this guest blog from Steven White of Tiptoes Nursery, he shares with us a case study example of using reflective practice and the...Read more

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