The Cosy Blog

  1. Arts: Nurturing creativity by exploring colour in nature

    Arts: Nurturing creativity by exploring colour in nature

    Creating an environment rich in opportunities to engage in arts based activities is vital in nurturing creativity and holistic development. Through art, children are free to be expressive, try out ideas and techniques and be empowered to 'have a go'. Where these art activities take place will vary from setting to setting - some will have designated areas where children...
  2. Explore and Investigate in the Garden

    Explore and Investigate in the Garden

    In recent years, outdoor play and adventures has become a priority for many families! We have all learned why... Being in nature and the great outdoors is great for our health, wellbeing and for connecting with this beautiful planet we all call home.  Here are 5 simple activities that you can do with your child in the great outdoors, perhaps...
  3. Phonics outdoors: Learning through Play

    Phonics outdoors: Learning through Play

    We know that reading helps pupils to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually and socially. We also know that phonics is a key element in helping children to become successful readers. Phonics is a method that helps children decode words using phonemes. Before we get to the fun part, let’s cover some basic terminology.  Phonics - Phonics teaches children to listen to...
  4. Sustainable Bamboo resources

    Sustainable Bamboo resources

    Bamboo is used to make a huge range of products these days from toothbrushes to textiles and our popular bamboo resources such as water chutes and channeling, sorting trays and counting pots. But how sustainable is Bamboo? It can be harvested in 3 years so is relatively fast-growing compared to trees which can be from 10-20 years. This makes it...
  5. Pre-Writing & Letter Formation

    Pre-Writing & Letter Formation

    What are they and why are they important? Pre-writing patterns bridge mark-making and letter formation. They take children from more free movement in their mark-making to more controlled movements and movements which mimic the strokes required for writing letters later on down the line. When should they be introduced? Ideally when a child is beginning to show some control over...
  6. Cosy goes Solar!

    Cosy goes Solar!

    Continuing with our Sustainability story, it is with great pleasure that we can officially announce that the contracts are signed, and Solar is on its way to Cosy HQ. 220 Trina Vertex panels will soon adorn our roof. Over 40% of our total energy usage will now be 100% renewable and carbon-free. In practical terms, this means in the brightest...
  7. Physical Development in the Early Years

    Physical Development in the Early Years

    The scope for Physical Development has changed considerably in recent times - no longer meaning football for boys and netball for girls. This aspect of physical education is now much more diverse and inclusive, incorporating a range of activities, resources and opportunities. We are losing the stereotypes, opening up the sports experience to many more children. @homeplaylearn We better understand...
  8. Construction Play

    Construction Play

    Children love construction play. As they play, they are building a myriad of skills which feed into all areas of learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Construction play, however, should never be limited just to the EYFS - not only is it fun but can impact on learning linked to the National Curriculum. Please see links...
  9. Wonderful Woodwork in the Setting

    Wonderful Woodwork in the Setting

    Adding a woodwork area to your setting can be a wonderful way to inspire play and learning in a fun, hands on way. The nature of woodwork means that children are engaged in a rich, sensory experience which impacts on the holistic development of the child. Getting started... Firstly, communication with everyone involved is a good starting point. It's important...
  10. Let’s get reusing this Earth Day!

    Let’s get reusing this Earth Day!

    Welcome Earth Day! Celebrated globally every year, Earth Day promotes looking after our planet, a value we share at Cosy. The future is in the hands of our little ones after all - so it’s absolutely our responsibility as parents and practitioners to promote a love and reverence for the wonderful natural world. What better way to promote taking care...

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