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How to support balanced eating habits at Easter

Easter brings lots of fun and celebrations for children (and adults too!). Inevitably it also brings chocolate eggs and sweet foods. If you’re concerned about your child overdoing it with chocolate this Easter, I’m here to reassure you that a little bit of what we fancy is perfectly healthy.

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Early Children’s Language Development. Strategies for 0-4 years

speech and language development is a gateway to other skills – even early learning in maths, for example, tends to rely heavily on language skills. It’s also a gateway to social and personal development, such as emotion regulation as language allows a child to communicate to someone else. Professor Sam Wass explains the importance of language development and your interactions.

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Healthy Hydration for the Under 5s

Our bodies are made up of over 50% water. So it stands to reason that we need to make sure we stay hydrated and keep those levels topped up. In this blog we share with you why staying hydrated is so important, and some top tips on the best drinks for your child.

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Is Calcium Important for Under 5s?

Healthy bones and teeth are formed in early childhood and during our teenage years. Calcium and vitamin D are both vital ingredients to support healthy bone development, and we know that children who get enough calcium and vitamin D during childhood are most likely to reach adulthood with the strongest bones possible.

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The Importance of Role Modelling With Food

Some studies have identified that parental modelling is related to lower levels of fussiness and higher levels of food enjoyment in their children. When put like this, role modelling seems like a no brainer! In this blog, weexplore what role modelling is and how it can influence your child’s feeding behaviours.

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Examples of Gross Motor Skills in Children (birth to 5 years) | Fennies.com

Watching your little one begin exploring the world around them and using their new skills to surpass milestones is one of the most exciting things about child development. Refining these skills from an early age is an important part of this and can lay the groundwork for lots of future activities like standing on one foot, balance, coordination and walking without support. 

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Eating Alfresco With Children

Fennies are proud to be accredited by the Early Years Nutrition Partnership (EYNP) for our menus and contribution to supporting good nutrition in the early years.

This months’ topic: Eating Alfresco with children

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A Day in the Life of a Nursery Manager

Amongst the hussle and bustle of nursery life, I often get asked what the role as a Nursery Manager actually involves. The Chef cooks, the practitioners care for the children, the maintenance team fix things but what about the Nursery Manager? Well, let me give you a little insight! 

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Can Sugar be Part of a Balanced Diet?

we are delighted to bring you regular nutrition updates and evidence-based articles written by our Registered Nutrition Professionals from EYNP, Janet Aylott, and Catherine Lippe.

This months’ topic: Can sugar be part of a balanced diet?

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Meditation For Under 5s

Meditation is a practice that we usually associate with adults, but it can have great benefits for young children too. Emotional literacy and self-regulation are a focus in the early years; helping children understand emotions, how they feel and what they can do to manage intense emotions.  

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Messy Play Ideas For Babies

We’ve put together some of our favourite sensory tray inspiration, water play ideas, STEM activities, and creative play ideas for babies so now is the time to embrace it and get messy! 

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The Importance of Teaching Children About Recycling

Teaching children about recycling isn’t always the easiest thing but it’s more important than ever to educate children about environmental issues. We’ve put together some ways you can make recycling fun at home and ideas about how you can speak to your children about the 3 Rs!  

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Diversity in The Early Years

A child’s nursery helps shape their experiences and build on how they view the world around them. A setting that incorporates equality, diversity, and inclusion can benefit children’s social and emotional development as well as a cultural appreciation of others. Practitioners enhance diversity in the early years by supporting young children in understanding how we’re all wonderfully different!

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7 Tips To Encourage Your Child to try New Foods

Fennies are proud to be accredited by the Early Years Nutrition Partnership (EYNP) for our menus and contribution to supporting good nutrition in the early years. As part of our subscription, we are delighted to bring you regular nutrition updates and evidence-based articles written by our Registered Nutrition Professionals from EYNP, Janet Aylott, and Catherine Lippe. This months’ topic: How to encourage your child to try new foods.

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Do I Need to Give My Child Vitamin Supplements?

You may hear about vitamin supplements for children but are they really necessary? In this article, EYNP (Early Years Nutrition Partnership) Registered Nutrition Professional Catherine Lippe tells us everything we need to know about vitamin supplements for the under 5’s.

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Bonfire Night Safety Tips

Bonfire Night is always an exciting event for children, but how do you remember remember to stay safe through all the celebrations? Here’s some top tips to make sure it’s just the fireworks that go off with a bang.  

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Why Creative Play is Important for Children

Engaging in creative activities within art, music, and movement provide your child with opportunities to explore interests and express themselves. This post shares some Fennies favourite activities that you can recreate at home, which are not only important for development but lots of fun! 

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Tips on Transitioning From Bottle to Cup

Moving away from a bottle to a cup can be a tricky time for both children and parents. Bottles can often be a comfort, particularly when baby is ready for sleep. Understanding why this transition is so important and being armed with some tips to help will be useful.

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Why is Iron Important For Children?

We are delighted to bring you regular nutrition updates and evidence-based articles written by our Registered Nutrition Professionals from EYNP, Janet Aylott, and Catherine Lippe. This month’s topic is: why is iron so important?

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