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Want to hear about what goes on behind the scenes at Eureka! as well as thought pieces and top tips from our team of Experts? Well look no further!

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Guest Bloggers

We regularly feature blogs by guest writers who are experts in their field. If you’d like to contribute please email Sophie Ballinger or give her a call on 01422 330069.

 

Look for the helpers: Exploring difficult topics with children

Look for the helpers: Exploring difficult topics with children

I recently had to help my seven year old understand the word ‘beheaded’, after he heard about this at school. A difficult conversation, especially when confronted with it with no prior warning or prep. At home we try and turn off the news if he’s in the room, but he often has questions having heard about world events, or media stories which other children have talked about, or which have […]

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Sticks and Stones: Why language is more powerful than you think

Sticks and Stones: Why language is more powerful than you think

“Sticks & stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”, or so we’re taught as children. As adults however, we’ve learned that simply isn’t true. Whether carelessly dropped or intentionally thrown, words have the power to cause great pain. As part of my role as Inclusion Manager at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum I deliver training to our team (plus teams at other museums and attractions) around […]

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View from the Nursery

View from the Nursery

I’m Angela, and I have been an Early Years Practitioner here at Eureka! Nursery for 24 years. I’m a strong believer in the power of creativity and we know that it plays an active role in a child’s development. Infants and toddlers need to explore the world and develop a range of ways to communicate in order to express their ideas through art and design, and creative activities don’t just […]

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Why Pink Stinks (and blue, too)

Why Pink Stinks (and blue, too)

I was in the supermarket recently, hovering in the toy section as my three year old daughter announced that she wanted to spend her birthday money. She has always been a fan of Scooby Doo, so when I spotted a Mystery Machine I pointed it out and asked if she’d like it. Her reply was a simple “No Mummy. That’s for boys.” I won’t lie – my blood ran cold. […]

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Are you coming out to play?

Are you coming out to play?

Many of us used to hear the words “are you coming out to play?” regularly as kids, but children today are spending less time outdoors, in fact less time than any previous generation! So there has never been a more important time for parents and educators to make outdoor play a priority for the children in their lives.  It is one of the best things that we can do for […]

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In Praise of Boredom

In Praise of Boredom

The summer holidays are getting close (contrary to what the weather might suggest). Time for your children to forget about tests, homework and all that serious school business and to get out and play! But with the six weeks of freedom comes another challenge – how you are going to fill those forty-four days so your children don’t get bored? Well, the good news for parents is that you don’t […]

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A blog from the bog!

A blog from the bog!

I’m delighted to be writing in celebration of ten years’ campaigning by Changing Places, not least because I get the chance to make dreadful puns. And of course, it’s great to celebrate the incloosive (there’s one!) achievements of Changing Places, a campaign which has made such a huge difference to the lives of so many disabled people. It’s the first thing you do when you arrive anywhere with your little […]

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How (and why) to build your team

How (and why) to build your team

When I meet someone for the first time I tend to stick to the same script as most people: “Hi, nice to meet you. Where are you from?” but it’s always the “what do you do?” part of the conversation that ignites the most excitable reaction from everyone I meet. “You work at Eureka! That must be such a fun place to work!” and the truth is yes, actually, it […]

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