How to promote outdoor play?

Monday, July 15, 2024

It is important that children experience outdoor play in early childhood. Outdoor play has different possibilities for learning than indoor play. According to a study by Claire McCarthy from Harvard University, outdoor play has many benefits for children. Outdoor play promotes children's health, creativity, ability to take risks, and appreciation of nature.

Read more about the importance of outdoor play!

How to promote children's play outdoors?

Of course, to gain the benefits of outdoor play, children need suitable materials, space, and inspiration.

Children love to be creative and messy, so they'd love a mud kitchen! They'll have lots of fun making mud pies and other slimy treats! Mud kitchens are great for sensory play, as children mix water, sand, mud, rocks, sticks, and whatever they have!

Book recommendation: Let the children play!

Making a Flying Start for the New Term – A Guide for Preschool Owners and Center Heads

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Starting a new term as a preschool owner or center head is not just about welcoming new faces; it’s about setting the tone for success and innovation throughout the year. Staying ahead is crucial with the ongoing changes in educational expectations and the increasing demand for high-quality early learning experiences. Here’s how you can leverage the Kindiedays Pro program to make a flying start this term, ensuring your preschool meets and exceeds educational standards.

1. Refresh Your Curriculum with Playful Learning

Embrace Holistic Development: Start the term by integrating holistic and playful learning methods into your curriculum. Kindiedays Pro offers thematic, Finnish-inspired learning materials designed to foster creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking among young learners. These materials make learning enjoyable and engaging, helping to spark a love for learning right from the start.

💡 Action Tip: Review the learning themes available through Kindiedays Pro and select those that align best with your educational goals for the term. Plan a curriculum alternating between different themes to keep the content dynamic and engaging.

2. Empower Your Teachers with Professional Development

How does outdoor play benefit children's learning?

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Nowadays children (and adults) spend more time inside, which is not a good thing. Playing outdoors has many benefits, but playing indoors is lacking. Read more about what the study from the Harvard University says about the benefits of outdoor play.

5 reasons why children need outdoor play

1. Sun

Children (as well as all people) need sun exposure for our bodies to make Vitamin D. Vitamin D is important in terms of the immune system and bone development. So, our bodies work better if they get some sun every day!

Remember sun lotion, hat, and sunglasses to make playing in the sun safe!

2. Exercise

Different countries seem to have their own guidelines about how much time children should exercise per day but the golden line is that all children need some active exercise every day!

According to the Harvard University, children should move 60 minutes actively per day.

According to a Finnish UKK-institute, the timelines are higher. Children under 8 years should move around 3 hours a day. One hour should consist of active physical play and exercise (eg. jumping on the trampoline, running, swimming). Children should also get two hours of light exercise on top of that (eg. walking in the forest, swinging, cycling).

3. Executive function & Self-regulation

According to the Harvard University executive function and self-regulation skills are important mental processes that enable us to: plan, focus, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks. These skills are crucial for learning and development, and they enable positive behavior.

Children are not born with these skills but with the potential to develop these skills. To develop these skills it is important to encourage children to creative play, involve vigorous exercise, and over time, provide opportunities for directing their own actions with decreasing adult supervision. Free outdoor play promotes all of this.

Elevating Your Preschool with Kindiedays Pro and Best Practices from Finland

Thursday, June 27, 2024

The global demand for high-quality early childhood education is on the rise, prompting preschool owners everywhere to seek innovative solutions to enhance educational quality, increase enrollments, and improve staff retention. Integrating Finnish educational methodologies—renowned worldwide for fostering creativity and holistic development—could be the key to distinguishing your preschool in a competitive market.

Kindiedays Pro Program: Building Teacher Competencies and Retention

Continuous professional development is crucial for adopting and sustaining new educational practices. The Kindiedays Pro Program is designed to enhance teacher competencies through:

Renewing Your Preschool in India – Aligning with New Education Policy Requirements

Monday, June 17, 2024

As India’s New Education Policy (NEP) 2020 reshapes the educational landscape, preschool business owners face both exciting opportunities and significant challenges. With an emphasis on early childhood development, the NEP 2020 creates a demand for high-quality, innovative early education that aligns with the best practices globally, including those from Finland, renowned for its exemplary educational system. For Indian preschool owners looking to increase admissions and retain top-quality teachers, implementing these changes effectively is key to success.

Embracing Finnish Educational Practices

Finland’s education system is often lauded for its play-based, child-centric approach, which emphasizes holistic development rather than rote learning. This model nurtures creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking—highly valued skills in today’s globalized world. Indian preschools can draw inspiration from these methods to enhance their educational offerings, making them more appealing to discerning parents and creating a stimulating environment that attracts and retains skilled educators.

Steps to Renew Your Preschool

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