Month: November 2019

Does being outdoors make a difference to the quality of children’s speech and language? by Dr Tanya Richardson

    The impact of the environment on young children’s speech has been something that has interested me for some time now. It stemmed from a time where I owned and managed my own day nursery. The nursery was in a converted warehouse and it had a very small outside area. Because of this tiny …

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The Past Can Hurt. But You Can Either Run From It or Learn From It by Rosie Birks

  “The past can hurt. But you can either run from it or learn from it.” The Rafiki approach to integrating EY knowledge into Secondary School Classrooms I confess that I am not an expert in EY – I am far from it. However, I am a curious non-expert who recognises the importance of this …

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Positioning your Practice Related to the United Convention of the Rights of the Child, 30 Years

  Listening Practice and why this is so important within the Early Years As we are celebrating 30 years of the United convention of the Rights of the Child, I thought I would give one perspective around hearing young children’s voices and within practice listening to children. Defining the voice of the child “Children are …

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The Transition to Motherhood by Dr Helen Simmons

  As an early years practitioner and lecturer in early childhood, I transitioned into motherhood with a naïve belief that I would be well equipped for the challenges that lay ahead of me. I was surprised therefore, to find that despite my theoretical and practical experience of looking after young children, the reality of becoming …

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