The Benefit of Messy Play for Children

It’s no surprise to parents that children love anything messy or sticky. Whether that be splashing in the bath, squishing their meals through their fingers, or jumping in muddy puddles outside. However, can any of this be beneficial to their development? The answer, yes! Not only does messy play provide a fun activity for the […]

Easy Melting Snowman Biscuits

We’re officially on the countdown to Christmas, and that can only mean one thing – it’s time to bring out the festive activities! There’s so many fun and colourful ways to get the kids involved in Christmas DIYs, however our favourite here at Shine are these melting snowman biscuits. You can choose to make your […]

Baby-Led Weaning: Tips & Tricks

The 6-month mark is an exciting time for both baby and parents alike. Not only is your little one starting to hit those all-important milestones, but they’re also getting ready to explore the sights, smells and taste of food for the first time!  When it comes to weaning, there are typically two approaches; spoon-fed and […]

Careers in Childcare

A career in childcare is incredibly rewarding. Whether you’re looking after children on a daily basis, or working in a management position at a nursery, the fact that you’re contributing to just one child’s development is amazing. And if you’re doing that for lots of children, year after year, then even more so. There are […]

Childcare Courses

Are you interested in a career in childcare? Fantastic! But before you embark upon your new venture, there are a few things you need to know. We’ll try to cover everything in a series of guides. This particular page is all about childcare courses you can take. For a lot of jobs within the childcare […]

Childcare Interview Questions

Your career in childcare is either just about to get started, or take a huge step forwards. After obtaining the necessary qualifications, getting some experience and applying for jobs that seem suitable – you’ve reached the interview stage. This is your chance to impress your potential new employers. Meeting them face to face is often […]

Childcare Qualifications

If you want a career in childcare, you’ll need to ensure you have the right qualifications. Being qualified isn’t absolutely necessary to working in a nursery – depending on the role – but if you want a long and successful career, it’s best to take a course, sit your exams, and obtain the certificate. So, […]