Director’s Blog

Nurse Advice from IDEA ELC – Headlice

Focus on Nurse Nima: Advice for dealing with Headlice At IDEA ELC we have a very experienced and highly qualified Nurse called Nima. Nima often sends advice to our parents on the common illnesses that children encounter when they start at school or nursery. We’re passionate about sharing our best practice and this blog shares […]

Nurse Advice from IDEA ELC – Conjunctivitis

Focus on Nurse Nima: Advice on dealing with Conjunctivitis At IDEA ELC we have a very experienced and highly qualified Nurse called Nima. Nima often sends advice to our parents on the common illnesses that children encounter when they start at school or nursery. We’re passionate about sharing our best practice and this blog will be […]

How IDEA Early Learning Center Promotes Learning at Home

How IDEA Early Learning Center Promotes Learning at Home IDEA ELC promote child independence across all areas of our Creative Curriculum. It is crucial that children know how to be responsible for themselves and how to support those around them. We always encourage children, where developmentally appropriate, to be independent with their personal care and […]

My child has a Nanny, why should I send them to IDEA Early Learning Center?

My child has a Nanny, why should I send them to IDEA Early Learning Center? All early years professionals agree that children need to try lots of new things and interact with different environments, cultures and people. It helps them to develop awareness of themselves, others and their world. IDEA Early Learning Center is so […]

How does IDEA ELC learn from international best practice?

How can Early Years Professionals learn from International Best Practice? At IDEA ELC, we are committed to providing the best possible education for our early years children. By using what is considered the best practice from around the world, we are inspired to see how we can learn. Rather than using de-contextualized comparisons that use […]

Two Common Questions asked about Teaching Literacy

Common Questions around the Teaching of Literacy in Early Years Should worksheets be used? Children need to be able to express themselves in many ways, with art being one of them, and to provide them with the pre-drawn shapes would be the same as providing them with a pre-written script that the children would need […]

Teaching Vocabulary in Early Years

Teaching Vocabulary in the Early Childhood Classroom Myth 1- Children are word sponges Children may have knowledge of words but this knowledge of words is not complete. Word learning in most cases requires many exposures over an extended period of time. With each additional exposure, the word may become closer to being fully learned. Myth […]

Why is IDEA ELC aiming to be a center for Literacy Excellence?

Why is IDEA Early Learning Center aiming to be a center for Literacy Excellence? What we know… • Literacy is a window to the world • Early experiences create effective communicators • The first 3 years provide a foundation for development of the brain’s architecture • Oral language is the foundation for literacy development • […]

What should parents look for in a Toddler Classroom?

What to look for in a Two Year Old’s Classroom Environment As a parent, what should you be looking for? How can effective physical environments support children during the unique phase of being two? A toddler classroom • A place to be active • A place to relax • A place for tactile exploration • […]

What should parents look for in a Baby Classroom?

What should parents look for in a Baby Room Environment? The way an environment is arranged can make the difference between babies feeling secure or anxious and the difference between staff feelings relaxed or stressed. A positive, calm environment is important for staff and children and is something to look for when you visit a […]