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January 2024

Outdoor learning for young children…

2024-01-19T15:36:28+00:00January 19th, 2024|ILD News|

Outdoor learning for young children… In a digital age dominated by screens and structured learning environments, the resurgence of interest in outdoor education signifies a paradigm shift towards holistic child development. Outdoor learning, also known as nature-based education, stands as a beacon for comprehensive growth. This article covers the numerous benefits that the great [...]

May 2023

Empowerment… what does it mean?

2023-05-11T14:51:45+01:00May 11th, 2023|ILD News|

Empowerment… what does it mean? This is an important question and often one that doesn’t even feature on the radar of practitioners or parents.  But it is key to children’s development, happiness, and learning.  Being empowered means you have a confidence that things are possible, achievable, do-able.  It’s looking at a problem and thinking [...]

August 2022

April 2022

Interactive Learning Diary 10th Anniversary!

2023-05-11T13:57:16+01:00April 21st, 2022|ILD News|

This month, the Interactive Learning Diary is celebrating its 10th anniversary! How time flies when you're having fun! It seems just like yesterday that we offered a tiny, basic piece of software to educator pilot groups across the UK! We then asked the question ‘what do you need to easily track child development?’ and that [...]

February 2022

Safer Internet Day 8th Feb 2022

2023-05-11T13:58:08+01:00February 7th, 2022|ILD News|

Every parent wishes to keep their children safe, well and free from harm and danger. We teach them to be careful when crossing the road, wear a helmet and pads when skateboarding or cycling, don’t swim too far out ... the list is endless. Young children and teenagers can experience numerous educational, entertainment, social [...]

January 2022

Focus on digital books for Early Years & Primary

2023-05-11T14:00:49+01:00January 18th, 2022|ILD News|

So, I was researching new methods of inclusive storytelling and discovered ‘Polylino’ and I thought I would share this system with you.  I am an avid book reader both paper and electronic so I am more than aware of the paper versus electronic debate.  I believe all children should have access to books in any [...]

Monthly Book Review

2022-08-11T11:56:03+01:00January 18th, 2022|ILD News|

Leading and Managing in the Early Years by Carol Aubrey A Revised and updated edition which now includes: New chapters on private day care and reflective practice and action research More information around reflective practice and reflective leadership skills More on EYPS as well as integrated centre leadership Practical suggestions for working with resistant groups [...]

Benefits of Reflective practice

2022-08-11T11:56:28+01:00January 7th, 2022|ILD News|

As an early year’s professional, you wish to ensure that the children in your setting receive the best possible care and learning during their time with you. This can be easily achieved by adopting a dedicated reflective practice approach to childcare. Reflective practice provides numerous benefits for children and parents, you personally, and your team [...]

Observation Checkpoints

2022-08-11T11:57:28+01:00January 7th, 2022|ILD News|

Working with children in their early years is an extremely important role. Worldwide, no matter which curriculum or framework you use, you must have the ability to accurately track the development progress of the individual children in your care. Education is now moving away from excessive levels of assessment paperwork, but a child’s progress must [...]

October 2021