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Christmas Play Essentials

November 11, 2017  |  Claire Russell Christmas will soon be here as we all know and before we get bogged down with decorating the house and buying gifts, I thought it would be helpful to think ahead to Christmas related activities you may want to do with your children.   Please don't feel that you need to get all of these items, but having some to hand or keeping a look out in the shops will make life much easier for creating activities for your little ones with minimum effort.   As always, I suggest charity shops, second hand sites such as Gumtree, poundshops and supermarkets. Playing with your children does not need to be expensive and you do not...

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playHOORAY! Storage Ideas

November 20, 2017  |  Claire Russell I am writing this blog post upon popular request for me to share how I store my resources. At this point, I feel I need to place my hand on my heart and declare to you that I am not the MOST organised person in the world and I certainly do not live the Pinterest picture perfect life.    However, I do try hard to keep my resources stored and organised to make it easier to access them, especially when in a hurry. Because we all know, when you have children at home, everything you do is in a rush. It also suits the way I work. Many of the play activities I set up...

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playHOORAY! helps you choose a Nursery

February 18, 2018  |  Claire Russell It's so hard choosing an Early Years setting for your child isn't it. Whether you want a child minder, preschool or nursery, you're bound to have lots of questions. As an Early Years Specialist who taught before having my little boy I would show parents around the school so I know what it's like from the educators point of view. But I am also now a parent and have viewed Early Years settings for my child to attend. So I am sharing my experience with you. It is my personal opinion and how I chose our childcare. It's a BIG decision, so I just hope I can help!   OK, think of it like...

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