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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The Magic of the Outdoor Kitchen by Laura Hankinson

  The Magic of the Outdoor Kitchen The outdoor Kitchen is a staple in all our settings, and an essential component of an enabling environment. It is one of my favourite places to play, and incidentally seems to be a favourite with my Class too. It is an area we are constantly reviewing and enhancing …

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Primitive Reflexes: An Introduction by Helen Hawes

Primitive Reflexes An Introduction   What are primitive reflexes? We are all born with primitive reflexes.  They are a baby’s first response for basic human survival.  These should gradually become ‘integrated’ in sequential order, typically within the first year, making way for postural reflexes.  These are more mature patterns of response controlling balance, coordination, and …

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The Birth to Five Matters Guidance – Aarons musings

The Birth to Five Matters Guidance – Aarons musings   With a revised Early Years Foundation Stage becoming statutory in September 2021, the Early Years sector has got together to produce a research, sector endorsed guidance offering a pedagogical rigorous method of delivery within Early Years education and practice. This blog looks at some of …

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Lisa Atkinson – Continuous Provision Vs. Enhancements – Understanding the Third Teacher

Continuous Provision Vs. Enhancements – Understanding the Third Teacher   By Lisa Atkinson  “What does your provision look like? Do you change it every week to fit your theme?”   This is one of the most common questions, via my Twitter or Instagram accounts, from new EYFS practitioners. Some have been teaching for years and …

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#EYBLOGFEST2020 – The Early Years and Early Childhood sector coming together. Raising their voices one by one

  #EYBLOGFEST2020 Hello Everyone, we felt that it was time to let you know how the EYBLOGFEST2020 went. Well firstly I have to say that it was immense. “WOW” is the word to use.   EYBLOGFEST2020 was an idea that Aaron from Early Years Reviews and Juls from EYMatters had, where we wanted to try …

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Sarah Presswood – Building Happy, Healthy, Hope-full Lives.

  Building Happy, Healthy, Hope-full Lives. By Sarah Presswood Owner and  Manager at George Perkins Day Nursery That is our strapline at nursery, and I suppose it might seem like stating the obvious to say that these are the fundamental principles on which we build our care and teaching. However, I believe that all too …

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Helen Williams – Featured Blog #EYBLOGFEST2020 – Early Mathematics for the Better

  Early Mathematics for the Better   As someone who has been immersed in early childhood and in particular, early mathematical development, for over 30 years, I have often been frustrated at the direction of travel taken by England’s educational policy makers. This has come to a head in the latest iteration of the EYFS …

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