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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

Vaccinations - Keeping your setting safe

 

Alliance quality and standards manager Melanie Pilcher explains why vaccines are so important for young children. This article originally appeared in our Under 5...Read more

Why movement counts – a free book extract

 

Physical development is one of the three prime areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), alongside communication and language and personal, social and emotional development. These three areas have equal status, are...Read more

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