Knowing what you believe and the importance of it! My personal creed!

  Knowing what you believe and the importance of it! My personal creed! By Tamsin Grimmer   There has been a lot of discussion on social media recently about the child and childhood and what certain people believe to be true. I don’t agree with much of what I have read – but I do …

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Where is the care for our caring professions?

    Where is the care for our caring professions? Nursery Nurse or NNEB was synonymous with quality training and preparation for a role with children aged from 0-7 years, until the mid-1990’s, when the NNEB merged with CACHE. The name always appeared to be slightly old fashioned and out of kilter with the roles …

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Developing Self Efficacy in Early Years

    Developing Self Efficacy in Early Years Do you worry about the mental health of the children you work with? If so, you are not alone. The statistics surrounding mental health make for stark reading – with more than half of adult diagnosed mental health disorders starting before the age of 14 and one …

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Developing a Loving, Nurturing Environment in the Early Years Classroom

  Developing a Loving, Nurturing Environment in the Early Years Classroom   I have always prided myself on developing a loving, nurturing environment in my classroom – but what makes this type of environment? Is it physical items and resources? Is it staff relationships between each other and the children? I believe that there are …

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We need to Crown this moment. – The Unique Child and LGBTQ Early Years Representation

Right now, we have an opportunity to trailblaze an inclusive dialogue through Early Years practices, allowing all conversations to be at the centre of inclusive practice and change the way we think. Why not start that journey now? Many of you know that we have a new Non-Statutory Guidance for the Early Years. This is …

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EY BLOG FEST 2021

#EYBLOGFEST2021 After the success of EYBlogfest2020, where there were more than 200 blogs shared across social media on the 26th October 2020, it is time again for our Early Years voices, ideas, practice, resources and thoughts to be shared on October 29th 2021. What is EYBLOGFEST? EYBLOGFEST was an idea between Early Years Reviews and EYMatters, …

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The Happy Child – Written by Carys Jennings

The Happy Child   Written by Carys Jennings Health, wellbeing, children’s voices and choices have long been areas of interest for me personally. Arriving in my Reception class in my first post as a newly qualified teacher over 20 years ago I knew instantly that the teacher’s desk that was a monstrous feature of the …

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Book Review – The Research Informed Teaching Revolution Early Years

  September’s Book review. This month it’s all about Research in the Early Years. Some of you would know that I am a great believer in action/field research and what a fabulous place for this to happen, in the Early Years. I speak to many Early Years professionals and to be honest they find research …

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Book Review – Observing Gabby by Cath Arnold

Book Review – Observing Gabby written by Cath Arnold Reflections by Aaron Bradbury    I have been writing about the use of books for CPD in the Early Years now for a couple of months. Reviewing core texts and exploring the use of them within your practices. So this month I am giving you a …

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Book Review – Developing a Loving Pedagogy in the Early Years by Tamsin Grimmer

  Book Review – Developing a Loving Pedagogy in the Early Years by Tamsin Grimmer This is my first book review, and it is not endorsing anyone (well it is talking about the book) but it is my own thoughts. I have been discussing and researching around Nurturing in the Early Years now for a …

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