Why we Incorporate Music into the Early Years Curriculum

The importance of incorporating music into the Early Years curriculum cannot be underestimated when planning daily activities for our children. At Abacus Ark, music is an integral part of the day for all our children from the baby room to our preschool room. In my experience, all children respond positively

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The Importance of Role Modelling

At Abacus Ark we do not underestimate the importance of role modelling to encourage positive behaviour and promote independence and good self-esteem in the children entrusted to our care.  Children will naturally watch and mimic our behaviours and, however much we tell our children to behave a certain way, the

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Love is in the Air

Valentine’s Day – that time of year where we show our love and appreciation to those we care about. Whether you are a hopeless romantic or the day goes over your head, why not take some time and show some love! Here are some ideas to spread some love; Call

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Potty Training

Potty training is a subject that prompts so many questions by parents who are eager to have their children out of nappies.  Unfortunately, there are not any set rules about this process as children vary so much but, one thing is for sure, until your child recognises the sensation of

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Christmas is coming!

The Christmas period is usually a time for families and friends to come together to spend some much needed, or maybe not so much, quality time with each other! It is an opportunity to reflect upon the previous months and begin looking at exciting possibilities for the coming year. Each

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Global Hand Washing Day

Washing hands is an essential part of a child’s day and it is important to create an environment where children understand the significance of personal hygiene.  Making hand washing fun and part of the daily routine is the perfect way to encourage good hand washing habits! The practitioners in each

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It’s Pancake Day

Pancake Day is that time of year where we have lots of fun in the kitchen throwing food around. We know we shouldn’t play with our food- but we think today is an exception! Pancake Day originates from the Christian tradition of Shrove Tuesday, the day before Christians commence the

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6 - 15 months


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