Child Development

Teach children to be successful communicators- staying safe

  Teach children to be successful communicators- staying safe In the coming days school staff will be facing possibly the biggest challenge of their careers – ever. Like almost everyone, they have spent large amounts of time at home, coping with stringent restrictions on daily life, with the ever-present worry of becoming unwell themselves and …

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Nannies Crisis – They form a large part of our Early Years and Care sector.

With mounting working pressure on the Nanny Industry,  families requiring childcare to work during the Covid Pandemic, has left the Nanny industry in crisis. The lack of clarity for Nannies working during these unprecedent times has left when asked, ‘Do you feel supported by the industry?’ returned a worryingly low score of just 5.3 our …

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His/tory, Her/story – Our Stories

I want to start by asking you a few questions: Are you proud of your career? Would you want to be famous? Are you an honest person? They may seem like random questions but bear with me. I’ve considered writing a blog for some time during the Covid-19 pandemic. The events of the last few …

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What happens at home doesn’t have to stay at home -Using online learning journeys

  The use of online learning journey software has become a familiar feature of the working day in lots of childcare settings across the country in the last few years. Almost gone are the days of taking photos, printing them and then finding time to meticulously cut them out and stick them into scrapbooks alongside …

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Back to the Future – what is next for our children?

I don’t have a crystal ball and I cannot exactly pin point what the future will hold for our children. Who would have thought that we would be in the middle of a pandemic. However, right now the Government focus is on education and the most vulnerable children in our society. Now, I am not …

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Ready to read and write? Check that core skills are in place first …..

  Diana has presented research at speech and language therapy conferences both in the UK and in Europe, is co-author of the WellComm Big Book of Ideas (2010) and has worked as a Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Jo has worked with children with SLCN for 30 years. She worked as a …

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Fostering the nurturing environment in your Early Years setting

  Ever since I became a nurturing parenting programme facilitator, I have always tried so hard to take on board the approach of nurturing within my career. It is important to nurture oneself to be able to nurture others. To see the benefits of teaching and endorsing nurturing to both parents and children has proven …

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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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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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