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Guest post: Win a Daisy Table and 4 OneLeg Stools with our Nursery School Competition

Win a Daisy Table & 4 OneLeg Stools with our Nursery School Competition

What makes children happy? This is a question Gopak ask themselves every day. They strive for innovative and creative new furniture designed to make little people both happy and healthy. Schools and nurseries across the country continue to use and utilise their products within schools to effectively engage and attract pupils. As education specialists and proud members of the British Educational Suppliers Association the Gopak team know what makes a valuable addition to any learning establishment. They are experts at knowing what makes a happy and safe environment for classrooms and play areas.

I’m therefore very excited to announce the new Gopak spring competition, currently running for both nurseries and schools across the UK. Up for grabs are two of their most loved and popular products, the Daisy table and four One leg ergonomic stools. The competition will be running from the beginning of February right through to late April. If a winner, you can look forward to receiving and introducing these specialists designed pieces of furniture into your school, as well as seeing the work your pupils create up in lights on the Gopak website and across their social media platforms. Celebrating the weird and wonderful imaginations of our children. It’s simple, all you have to do is use your imagination and get creating!

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Both products continue to be well received in nurseries and schools across the country. The Daisy table is a fun and attractive design, striking the perfect balance between playtime and school time. Their One Leg is a fantastic and ergonomic stool which provides dynamic and active sitting. Being able to rock and turn as you sit improves your posture and body awareness while developing core strength.

How to Enter

In order to be in the running for a chance to win one of these prizes, simply ask your pupils/child to create and visually document how their ideal nursery or classroom would look, including everything they consider important factors to their learning environment. This can include anything from furniture, decorations and new off the wall additions. Once all the submissions have been received, the Gopak team will pick out their favorite entries.

Simply include the pupil’s name, their entry design and the name of the nursery or school then upload and post your submissions to our Facebook page! We’ll soon be in touch with the results!

We’d like to wish the very best of luck to all entrants and look forward to your submissions. For more details, get in touch with Gopak at Gopakinfo@Gopak.co.uk.

Guest post by Will Chivers of ThoughtShift.

Footnote by Yet Another Blogging Mummy.
Primarily this is a competition for Nursery Schools and Schools to win the furniture, but Gopak will be willing to accept submissions from parents and for home use.

Guest post: Choosing a Nursery

Choosing a Nursery: Make Sure You Choose the Best for Your Little One


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This time of year is a common time for mums, who have been on maternity leave, to venture their way back into the workplace. The difficulties facing women returning to work after maternity leave are well documented and, as you can expect, are a source of worry that can lead to stress.

As well as having the burden of coping with going back to work, it also more than likely that you will be tasked with choosing a suitable nursery or day care for your little one. While this may seem like something relatively straight-forward, it is actually more complicated than you think; this is especially the case when you realise that you will actually have to leave your child in the hands of a stranger. Yes, exactly!

Choose Somewhere Outstanding

This one is actually the most important, but also the most straight-forward; we all want the best for those we love, so why settle for second best for your beautiful children?

If you can remember back to your schooldays, then you probably remember those stern looking men and women in the corner of the room taking notes and assessing your teacher; this was probably the only time that he or she had the whole of the class on their side and co-operating fully.

Anyway, those were OFSTED inspectors, and guess what, they also do the same for nurseries. Therefore choosing a nursery that has an Outstanding OFSTED report should be your main priority, it also gives you that little bit of extra reassurance that your child will be in the safest hands possible.

Keep Everything Close To You

Another important consideration is to make sure that you are within easy reaching distance of both your place of work and the nursery. A friend of mine recently started sending her baby girl to her local nursery in Hove, luckily for her she works a brisk fifteen minute walk away. She was really apprehensive about sending her daughter to nursery at first, but the fact that she is so close by has really helped put her mind at rest and I can report than both mother and daughter are very happy.

This is not only something that is worth considering for this very reason, but it also allows you to spend as little time as possible travelling, this is something that is worth taking into account as you will be surprised at how quickly you tire when you first start working again.

Check It Out For Yourself

A nursery should provide the foundations of your child’s education for the rest of their life and that is why this a decision which should not be taken lightly. It is essential that you go and take a look at the nursery yourself so that you can gauge whether or not it is suitable for you child- just because it has an outstanding OFSTED report, does not mean it is the right one for your child.

Spend some time with the members of staff and try to decide whether or not they would be a good fit for your son or daughter. You can also spend this time looking around the facilities; there should be a variety of educational and leisure ones available for your child to enjoy. Remember, a large proportion of the time they spend at nursery will be playing and interacting with other children, this is essential for their future social development.
Remember that there are numerous considerations to take into account when choosing a nursery but I hope that these initial points have been enough to get you started and find the perfect place for your child.

Guest post by Tom Ward of ThoughtShift.