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.

 

Behind the scenes: Destination Space

Behind the scenes: Destination Space

For the past few weeks we’ve all been really busy getting ready for our Destination Space workshops and shows. We’re offering three different ones this time: a Key Stage 1 version where the children can see what it’s like to work in microgravity… A Key Stage 2 version, where the children can do their own experiments, and a family show filled to the brim with science tricks. Of course with […]

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A visit from the Czech Republic

A visit from the Czech Republic

Throughout my career I have been interested in international perspectives of childcare and education. I was therefore thrilled when an email dropped in my inbox asking if Eureka! Nursery would be interested in hosting a group of pre-school teachers from the Czech Republic. The group was to consist of six pre-school teachers, a representative from Techmania Science Centre and one from Dimenze Education Centre. Their aim was to explore ways of […]

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Shine a light - play ideas for dark evenings

Shine a light - play ideas for dark evenings

It’s funny how everything seems to change when the clocks go back. The weather takes a turn for the worst, we all start wrapping up and donning winter hats, and there’s just no avoiding the dark evenings. How very gloomy. For any parents and carers out there with young children it can be a real mixed blessing – on the one hand it’s great as children tend to sleep much […]

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Weird Science – Hacks and tricks to try (safely!) in the home

Weird Science – Hacks and tricks to try (safely!) in the home

So the autumn term is well underway and kids are settling in to their new school or new class. But it won’t be long before they’re on holiday again and thoughts turn to how to keep them occupied during the half term break. As October half term coincides with Halloween, there’s plenty of fun to be had making costumes and playing traditional Halloween games. Eureka! this year, our Halloween theme […]

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Life with little ones - play tips for babies and toddlers

Life with little ones - play tips for babies and toddlers

Playtime is special. Not only is it fun, but it is critical to children’s development. Play is their “work” and their way of learning about the world around them. Through play, babies and toddlers try out new skills, explore their imagination and creativity, and learn about relationships with others. As a parent, you are your child’s very first and favourite playmate. From the very beginning of your child’s life they […]

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Are we nearly there yet?

Are we nearly there yet?

During my family’s recent rainy epic nine hour car journey from Halifax to Dorset, I think we heard this phrase at least 239 times from the backseat. The first time probably by junction 28 on the M62. In all fairness, the repetition of this phrase increased significantly the closer we got to the destination and the longer we spent in endless traffic jams on the A31 through the New Forest […]

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“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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