Early Childhood

Developing a positive sense of self

Blog via the Birth to Five Matters Website Click on the Visual below to access the blog and read it on the Birth to Five Matters website   In this conversational blog, Shaddai Tembo, Dr Sharon Colilles, Vicky Hutchin and Aaron Bradbury discuss with Donna Gaywood practical ways to support children to develop a positive …

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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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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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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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