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Top Tips to inspire imagination

Top Tips to Inspire Imagination Imagination is critical in child development. Check out Kindred’s fun top tips to help nurture and encourage creativity and imagination in your child! Are you ready t… Read More

Dec 20, 2019    Tags :


How we deal with… Rewards

“What gets praised gets repeated.” How do we praise good behaviour in order to encourage repetition? At Dizzy Ducks our experience tells us that routine, clear rules and boundaries ensures children h… Read More

Apr 12, 2016    Tags : Childcare, children


Fabulous homemade fish balls

We all know how hard it can be thinking of new, well balanced dinners. Here is the fish balls recipe that we know the children love, we see lots of plates when this is served.   HOMEMADE FISH BALLS… Read More

Mar 29, 2016    Tags : chef, children, cooking


A parent's guide to drawing and painting

A parent’s guide to drawing and painting Between the ages of two and five years old, children love to make marks and draw pictures for their family. I’m sure many of you have a large collection of ar… Read More

Mar 15, 2016    Tags : Childcare, Nursery, children, Arts and Crafts


Settling into nursery

In our experience, a positive settling in period will have an impact on your child’s happiness during their nursery life as well as determine how they cope with future changes to routine and everyday … Read More

Mar 09, 2016    Tags : Childcare, Nursery, support


Happy Mother’s Day to all our marvellous mummies

Hopefully many of us will be waking up to breakfast in bed, receiving flowers, teddies and chocolates this Sunday. However, if you would like to receive something personalised then why don’t you and y… Read More

Mar 04, 2016    Tags : Childcare


Scrumptious spicy sweet potato soup

We all know how hard it can be thinking of new, well balanced dinners. Here is a soup recipe that we know the children love, we see lots of empty bowls when this is served.   Mildly spiced sweet po… Read More

Feb 22, 2016    Tags : Childcare, Food, Healthy, children, soup


Is your child a fussy eater? Worry no more!

Children’s appetites vary from day to day. This is normal and can be due to tiredness, illness, teething or distractions. At nursery we try to let children decide how much to eat and keep offering new… Read More

Feb 10, 2016    Tags :


Playdough made FUN

Once a week at nursery, we make our own playdough with the children. It’s easy to make and a lots of fun for the children as they love getting messy and feeling the different textures while mixing the… Read More

Feb 04, 2016    Tags : children, Activites, Messy, playdough


Delicious dinners that the children love!

It can be so difficult trying to think of new, healthy and yummy meals to cook. So we thought we would share one of our delicious recipes that we know the children love!   MORROCAN LAMB WITH ROASTE… Read More

Jan 12, 2016    Tags : Nursery, Food, Healthy, children, recipe


The importance of communication for your child's development

The importance of communication for your child's development  The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. just listen. perhaps the most important thing we ever give eac… Read More

Jan 07, 2016    Tags : Childcare, children, development, communication, support


Creative ideas for celebrating New Years eve at Home!

Having a family night in this New Year’s eve, but not sure how you can keep the children entertained and awake to see the New Year in? Well we have just the thing for you!   We hope you have lots of… Read More

Dec 31, 2015    Tags : children, Activites, Family, New Years eve, Fun, Party


Rainbow Cookie Delight!

We hope you love these cookies as much as we do! Ingredients 175g softened butter 50g golden caster sugar 50g icing sugar 2 egg yolks 2 tsp vanilla extract 300g plain f… Read More

Dec 17, 2015    Tags : Food, children, Christmas, cookies, baking


Crafting WITH the Kids

How to make your toilet roll snowman? Paint a toilet roll tube with white paint. Glue on googly eyes and buttons. You can also paint on the eyes and buttons if you prefer. Paint a carrot nose and… Read More

Dec 03, 2015    Tags : children, Activites, Christmas, Family, Messy


Dizzy Ducks turns 10!

“As I waved off my colleagues and headed off on maternity leave in July 2003, I had every intention to return to my finance job in the city. My daughter Abbie was born in September 2003 and as I looke… Read More

Nov 16, 2015    Tags : Childcare, children, development


Fun Outside this Autumn

Leaf maze With all of the leaves cluttering up our gardens at the time of year, you can put them to good use by creating a leaf maze. Children will develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skill… Read More

Nov 05, 2015    Tags : children, Autumn, outdoors, Learning, Activites


Benefits of Outdoor Play

Many of us have great childhood memories of playing outdoors – I know I do! Running around, climbing trees, building dens, making mud pies and  inventing new games that kept us occupied for hours – th… Read More

Oct 28, 2015    Tags :


Love for the terrible twos

When my girls were two, they definitely suited the phrase ‘Terrible Twos’, that whole period has been ingrained in my memory ever since! If you are a parent of a two-year-old, I’m sure that you’ll kn… Read More

May 29, 2015    Tags : children, behaviour


Looking for a healthy & easy recipe for dinner?

At Dizzy Ducks Nurseries, all of our menus are designed by one and only Jean Christophe Novelli. We're a big fan of his One Pot Broccoli and Cheese Pasta Bake, we hope you are too!   Read More

May 07, 2015    Tags : Healthy, celebrity chef


Discovering Shapes & Sizes

Judging different shapes and sizes is something that comes second nature to us adults, but for children these are skills that need to be learned in order to discover what the differences are. Here ar… Read More

Apr 29, 2015    Tags :


Planning for a long journey with children...

As many a parent feels from time to time – Am I doing this right? There is nothing you can go through that prepares you for the arrival of a child. The same cannot be said for travelling with a child.… Read More

Apr 02, 2015    Tags : Childcare, travel, Planning


What's the best way to group our children?

Over recent years it has become normal practice in nurseries to organise children into age-related groups. Our nurseries typically have ‘rooms’ for under twos, two to threes, pre-schoolers or similar.… Read More

Apr 02, 2015    Tags : Childcare, Nursery

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Harlow nursery based in the Harlow Leisurezone

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Mayflower Nursery in Billericay

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