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How to Use Food Chaining to Expand Your Child's Diet 1

How to Use Food Chaining to Expand Your Child’s Diet

Food Chaining To Help Children Try New Foods After living and working with children who favour beige foods I have only just stumbled across the idea of food chaining. If you are a parent of an autistic child, you may have experienced similar challenges with feeding your child. Some autistic children have a restricted diet, …

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100 Ways Cardboard Boxes Can Be Used For Play 2

100 Ways Cardboard Boxes Can Be Used For Play

Using Cardboard Boxes in Pretend Play Cardboard boxes are one of the easiest play resources to acquire for free. As the Founder and Lead Researcher of the Inclusiveteach Project, one of my core focus areas is studying how we can empower creativity and development in children. Pretend play has long been recognised by experts as …

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Trauma-Informed Parenting: A Comprehensive Guide 7

Trauma-Informed Parenting: A Comprehensive Guide

The Importance of Trauma-Informed Parenting Childhood is often considered a time of joy, exploration, and innocence. However, for some children, these early years can be tainted by experiences of trauma. Whether it’s through neglect, abuse, the loss of a loved one, witnessing violence, or living through a natural disaster, trauma can significantly impact a child’s …

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Independent Play: The Cornerstone of Child Development 8

Independent Play: The Cornerstone of Child Development

What is Independent Play? Independent play refers to the time when children play alone without the direct involvement of others. This doesn’t mean they’re isolated or neglected; instead, they’re learning how to entertain themselves, explore their environment, and develop their creativity and imagination. It’s a crucial part of a child’s development, fostering resilience, independence, and …

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Outdoor Water Play Ideas For Every Age Group 10

Outdoor Water Play Ideas For Every Age Group

The Educational Benefits of Water Play in EYFS and Beyond Water play is a staple activity in many early childhood education settings. It’s more than just splashing around—it’s a powerful learning tool that offers a multitude of educational benefits. From fostering motor skills to promoting scientific thinking, water play can provide a rich, sensory, and …

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An In-Depth Guide To Developmental Delay 13

An In-Depth Guide To Developmental Delay

Developmental Delay The Importance of Early Detection and Intervention Child development proceeds rapidly in the first few years of life as critical cognitive, language and motor skills emerge. As such, the early years represent a crucial period for detection and mitigation of potential developmental delay. Extensive research has shown that the earlier interventions can begin …

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Finger Painting and its Educational Benefits For Children

Finger Painting: A Fun and Educational Activity Finger painting is such a fun, messy activity for Children. I love seeing my little one explore colours and textures through this process. Not only is it entertaining, but finger painting also provides several educational benefits. It is mentioned in the EYFS Development Matters Curriculum Guidance from the …

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The Importance of Saying No To Your Children 17

The Importance of Saying No To Your Children

Saying No To Children: Validating a Child’s Feelings While Setting Boundaries One of the most critical aspects of a child’s emotional development is learning to set boundaries. Saying “no” to your child is an essential part of this process. In this article, we will discuss the importance of saying no, how it can validate a …

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Receiving a Diagnosis: Supporting Your Neurodiverse Child 18

Receiving a Diagnosis: Supporting Your Neurodiverse Child

Tips for Supporting Your Child After a Diagnosis We have three children with different diagnosis. Getting a diagnosis for your child can feel overwhelming at first. Whether it’s autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, or another neurodiversity, the news brings many emotions. This article covers key steps to support your child after receiving a diagnosis. Seek …

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Unlocking the Potential of EYFS Children: Encouraging Exploration 19

Unlocking the Potential of EYFS Children: Encouraging Exploration

Did you know that 90% of a child’s brain development happens before the age of 5? This striking fact highlights the importance of the early years foundation stage (EYFS) in shaping young minds. It’s time to revolutionise your approach to EYFS teaching, with evidence-based strategies that maximise your young explorers potential. Imagine a classroom where …

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Parallel Parenting: An In-Depth Guide for UK Parents 21

Parallel Parenting: An In-Depth Guide for UK Parents

How to Make Parallel Parenting Work for You When divorce or separation happens, the impact on children’s lives can be immense, especially if conflict continues between parents. Traditional co-parenting may prove difficult or even toxic in high-conflict situations. Parallel parenting offers an alternative arrangement to support children’s wellbeing when direct co-parenting is not working. What …

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