Author: Billy Szkoda

How can I help my child cope with change?

“The only constant in life is change” Heraclitus Change is inevitable. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we have all experienced more change than usual and, at times, this has been undeniably stressful and unsettling. Even as adults we can struggle to

What is risky play and why is it important?

The idea of risky play can often leave adults feeling anxious and apprehensive. It is completely natural to be daunted by risky play, especially when we live in a world where we are constantly being bombarded with information about the

What does it mean to ‘give children a voice’?

At KTB Kids we promote ourselves as a child centred setting. But what does that really mean?  One important component of being a child led setting is to give the children in our care a voice and in this blog,

Project work inspired by The Smartest Giant in Town

Inspired by early education at Reggio Emilia we love our project work at KTB Kids – it’s all about the in-depth exploration of a topic or theme carried out over an extended period of time, rather than just in a

How play develops pre reading skills

When we think of reading, we think of printed ink on a page, but there is so much more that you can do to prepare your child for reading.   Pre-reading skills, just like when we explored ‘emergent writing’, are

Supporting children to write through a play based curriculum

“Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write and count. It is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace that is right for each individual child. Earlier is not

Project Work in Early Years

A nursery vision and ethos should be walked and talked or lived and breathed, only then will it fully impact the outcomes of the children attending. As a Reggio-inspired setting, here at KTB Kids our child centred philosophy can be

Promoting Health in Children

Bringing up children in today’s modern world requires a different approach to previous generations. The world around us is changing and so is our lifestyle. Life is more rushed and competitive, whilst play is more sedentary than ever before. Being

Supporting Children In The 21st Century

We are currently living in unprecedented times. Our normal, modern, fast paced and materialistic life has slowed dramatically. We now have the opportunity to realise the importance of the simpler things in life; giving us the capacity to feel, think

Heuristic play – supporting scientific exploration for very young children

Eureka “A cry of joy or satisfaction when one finds or discovers something” The word Heuristic comes from the word ‘eureka’ and means helping to find out or discover; proceeding by trial and error. Heuristic play, a term created by