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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A View from the (Early Years) Burrow by David Wright

  A few days spent monitoring social media provides ample evidence of the debates taking place regarding education in England. Much of this is unhelpfully polarised into ‘enlightened’ and diametrically opposed camps, both claiming the moral high ground. It is a particularly unedifying rabbit hole to peer into, characterised by dogma, intolerance, fanaticism, vitriol, child-like …

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Nursery Rhymes – Linking to Developmental Outcomes

  Singing nursery rhymes and songs to children from birth can help develop many developmental areas. It enhances the child’s language and communication skills from an early age and creates a fun experience for children that can support development in many ways. It engages the child as they start to enjoy and participate in the …

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Is There Internal Conflict Within the Early Years Sector (EYS) by Dr Valerie Daniel

  Is there internal conflict within the Early Years Sector (EYS) and does it contribute to a growing crisis situation? Do we have dirty laundry in the EYS? It is my opinion that as a sector, there is a need to address internal conflict before we can ever hope to execute the kind of change …

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The Early Childhood Academy – First the Dialogue and then the Action

So last week I wrote a blog post about Professional Identity within the Workforce. Well it was mainly focused on the Early Childhood Workforce. It has been read on my website by 190 people so thank you for taking the time to read and retweet. It had been seen on twitter by a staggering 10,755 …

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Supporting Parents and Children Living with Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis in Early Childhood – By Philippa Thompson

  ‘As parents we looked forward to your future, what you will choose to become, who will be your friends…girlfriend/boyfriend…university/work/sportsperson. Then one day the perspective changed. That severely cold day when the ice was thick and dangerous on the ground and all advised not to travel. The news told us that the ambulance service were …

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