Eureka! Blog

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!

We’d love to hear your thoughts, whether we’re talking about hot topics such as childhood obesity or education, or simply sharing our day-to-day experiences and giving you a behind-the-scenes peek into life at Eureka!, so do comment on our blogs or get in touch if there’s something you’d like to share.

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.

 

“Go play in the mud: Life’s too short to have clean fingernails”

“Go play in the mud: Life’s too short to have clean fingernails”

At Eureka! Nursery we’re never afraid to get messy, ever. Whether indoors or outdoors, there are always opportunities for our children to get hands on and muddy – it’s an essential part of growing up! For this reason, International Mud Day has become one of our favourite annual celebrations. International Mud Day happens every year on 29 June. Promoted by the World Forum, it aims to be a “time for […]

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The need for male role models in childcare

The need for male role models in childcare

Back in 2010, I started my first role at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in our on-site café. The focus of my role was customer service, which I found thoroughly enjoyable, particularly the elements of my role that required me to interact with children of different ages, and to provide a stimulating experience for them. It was here that I decided to pursue a career in childcare, and so I […]

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Let our children move!

Let our children move!

Full body play for development and learning… The importance of moving our bodies has long been recognised as essential in order to remain fit and healthy, and the recent emphasis on the importance of children being active, alongside eating a balanced and nutritious diet, has focussed on the obesity epidemic and its associated health issues. Whilst the significance of this cannot be underestimated, there are other good reasons for running, […]

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Create it: Make it! – Low-tech making in the home

Everyone can make something. You don’t have to be an expert artist, musician or sculptor to create something unique – something which children prove every day. They love trying things out and making stuff up. It’s fun and is fundamental to their learning and development. But in a world full of hi-tech gadgets, with a multitude of apps featuring their favourite TV characters, it’s easy for children to get caught […]

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Schemas - What all parents need to know about children’s behaviour patterns

Schemas - What all parents need to know about children’s behaviour patterns

Never heard of Schemas? You’re not alone… When I compare parenting notes with friends, it soon becomes apparent that many parents still don’t know about them, though identifying Schemas has been a key child development tool for early years practitioners for many years. So what are they? Simply put, Schemas are repeated patterns of behaviours demonstrated by children. They’re seen in children as they develop, explore their world and find out […]

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The magic of storytelling - some ideas to get you started!

The magic of storytelling - some ideas to get you started!

Once upon a time, nestled in the hills of West Yorkshire, stood a children’s museum by the name of Eureka!  It was no ordinary museum, for magic dwelled among the exhibits - characters crawled out of their books and stories, and found themselves roaming the galleries looking for children to play with. Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood chatted with Mums, whilst Captain Hook found kindred spirits in the Big Bad Wolf and the Queen […]

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Getting more girls into science and tech – the Eureka! way...

Getting more girls into science and tech – the Eureka! way...

Did you know that it’s British Science Week from 13 to 22 March – an annual celebration of the amazing world of technology, science and engineering? You’ve probably heard about events and activities happening in Calderdale and right across the country, aiming to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. But why do we have a week dedicated just to learning about science? According to a recent BBC report, […]

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Access All Areas: Opening up playful opportunities to all

Eureka! has always prided itself as being an accessible destination for families, and our unique playful take on learning provides us with ample opportunities to provide enjoyable experiences for everyone. We thrive on being a culturally inclusive attraction and always want to ensure that our visitors have the best day out. But for some families, this can prove challenging. What’s on offer for disabled children and their families? So just […]

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