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      Parenting or working with under 5’s? Join us each month as we explore the highs and lows of the world of parenting and #AllThingsEarlyYears.

      All Things Early Years - Kids Planet Podcasts

      Episode 19: Makaton

      This month’s podcast is all about speech and language development, and we’re thrilled to be joined by Jennifer Ellison, Makaton Tutor and founder of Little Talkers. We take a closer look at Makaton, a form of sign language which uses gestures and symbols alongside vocabulary, its benefits, and how it can be used by parents and within nursery settings.

      Episode 18 - Recruiting Men in Early Years

      Recruiting men in the early years field has its challenges, yet many benefits. We’re joined by Gill Mason, our Head of Training and Development, and Jeremy Davies, Communications Manager at The Fatherhood Institute, to discuss all things recruiting men into childcare roles and breaking down gender stereotypes.

      Episode 17 - Outdoor Learning

      We are joined by our very own Outdoor Lead, Rhiannon Scott, to dig deeper into the importance of learning and playing outdoors for little ones. From mental health and wellbeing to fostering a culture of change within nursery settings, Rhiannon tells us all about the newly designed Kids Planet Udeskole accreditation.

      Episode 16 - Managing Stress

      This Stress Awareness Month, we are joined on the podcast by Founder of training organisation Calmer, Tania Diggory, as we discuss mental health and wellbeing, in lockdown and beyond. From how to manage burnout and stress, to routines and mindfulness in a digital world, we find out more about reasons for and techniques to help both parents and children struggling with their mental health.

      Episode 15 - Special Educational Needs

      In this month’s podcast we are joined by Kids Planet’s dedicated internal SEND team (Becky Eckersley, Lauren Wilson, and Rachael Brady), alongside the award winning Early Childhood Consultant, Sue Asquith. We discuss the role of the SEND team, learn about the views of special educational needs from an Early Years SEND consultant, and delve into topics such as the impact of the pandemic on SEND in nurseries.

      Episode 14 - Nutrition

      We are joined in this month’s podcast by Jennifer Gordon, Quality Manager for Kids Planet, and Stacy Stewart, Chef at our very own Worsley Nursery, to get a taste for their roles, and chew their brains about all things meal-time and nutrition in early years. From 5-a-day, impact on sleep, and sweet-tooth cravings, to food hygiene and the essential nutrients for children, our guests served up a fantastic cocktail of takeaways!

      Episode 13 - Weaning

      Are you on the journey of getting your baby onto solid foods? In this month’s podcast, we’ve brought in top weaning experts, Sophie Baron, Founder of Mamamade, and Katie Shelton of Scrummy Tummies, to dispel common myths and give their thoughts and tips on the weaning journey. From baby readiness, to gagging vs choking, to allergies and nutrition, we’ve got it covered!

      Episode 12 - Alex Galbally

      In this month’s podcast we are joined by Alex Galbally (father to a brood of five, including three triplet girls), to discuss big families, and more specifically, raising multiples. From conception, recovery, and adapting to a family of seven, to routines, lockdown, date nights, and sibling relationships, Alex brings insight and laughter throughout as he shares his interesting journey so far.

      Episode 11 - Laura Amies

      Are you struggling to understand or manage your toddler’s behaviour? We are joined in this month’s podcast by Laura Amies, renowned nanny and childcare expert. Laura shares with us her passion and insight into common behaviour problems in toddlers, a closer look at how behaviour changes when a child begins nursery, as well as key advice on structures and tactics for parents, considering children’s different temperaments.

      Episode 10 - Mental Health

      In this episode, to coincide with World Mental Health Day, we’re chatting to Kids Planet’s Wellbeing Manager, Lucie Sweeney and Baby Gro Ltd founder Leanne Angel who runs baby yoga classes for mums and babies,  about the importance of looking after your own mental health and tips for nurturing your own wellbeing.

      Episode 9 - School Readiness

      Is your little one about to start big school? Maybe your child is ready to move into preschool? However they (and you!) are feeling about this change, we’re chatting to one of our fantastic Quality Managers and Early Years Teachers at Kids Planet. We’re dispelling some of the myths about what it actually means to be ‘school ready’ as well as offering information, advice and tips to help you through this stage!

      Episode 8 - Chris McFadden

      In this episode of All Things Early Years, we’re chatting to dad of two, Chris McFadden aka The Daddy Sleep Consultant in our eighth episode of All Things Early Years. As the UK’s first male certified baby and toddler sleep consultant, Chris shares his advice and ideas about all things sleep. For any sleep deprived parents, this one’s for you!

      Episode 7 - Men's Mental Health

      In this episode of All Things Early Years, and to coincide with #MensHealthWeek we’re chatting to Chris Whitfield from Miscarriage to Men and Stefan Edwards from Dads In Mind – two fantastic organisations offering practical and emotional advice and support for men.

      Episode 6 - Rebecca Oxtoby

      In this sixth episode of All Things Early Years episode, we’re chatting (and laughing) with Author of the Amazon best-seller and 5* rated Mum’s the Word: the sh*t nobody tells you about parenthood until it’s too late, Rebecca Oxtoby. Grab a cuppa and enjoy some honest and relatable tales of parenting!   

      Episode 5 - Sarie Taylor

      In this fifth episode of All Things Early Years, to coincide with #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek we’re chatting to Anxiety Coach, Sarie Taylor. Whether you’re a new parent or a parent of a teenager, she shares her top tips for dealing with anxiety.

      Episode 4 - Men in Childcare

      In this fourth episode of All Things Early Years, we’re chatting to male childcare practitioners about their experiences working in a female dominated industry and why they think it’s so important to challenge some of the stereotypes that currently exist. Featuring Jason Holmes, Tom Ward and Carl Hathway.

      Episode 3 – Manju Bhatia

      In our third episode of All Things Early Years we chat to Mum and Founder of PoorlyBoo, an essential healthcare box for little ones, about starting a baby related business and what it’s like to be ‘Hinched’!

      Episode 2 – Hayley Tammadon

      In this second episode of All Things Early Years we chat to Actress and new mum, Hayley Tammadon about her experiences of having a baby during a pandemic and what working with the guys from Diversity was really like!

      Episode 1 – Clare Roberts

      In this first ever All Things Early Years episode, we’re joined by Kids Planet CEO and mum of three, Clare Roberts as she discusses the realities of parenthood and running a successful family business.

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