Author: Billy Szkoda

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

How does mindfulness let staff and children hop, skip and jump into nursery every day?

The car broke down, your partner forgot to take care of a urgent errand, the kids left their lunchboxes at home and you can’t find the letter to call the doctor back.And then, you go into work and your day

Mindfulness in a nursery – creating calm, not joining the chaos

We all bring our lives to work sometimes – the stress, the anxiety, worry and often bad mood too, but what if your ‘office’ is a room full of babies and toddlers, looking to you as their role model for

When do I wean my baby and how do I do it?

Weaning is a big moment for both parents and baby. Their first solid food is often as memorable as their first word, first steps or first haircut, but it can be worrying for parents. There is so much conflicting information