Early Years

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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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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#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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Maureen Hunt – Do your children love books? The role emotions play in reading

  As a teenager my first proper job was in a library and my main responsibility was to put the returned books back on the shelves in the right place. The books were heavy, and the library was huge, so I was always grateful when I was asked to go and shelve the books in …

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Lisa Atkinson – Always being Picture Perfect in the Early Years

    “The reason we all struggle with insecurity, is because we compare our real life with everyone else’s highlight reel.” Steve Furtick   One of my favourite quotes, yet for some reason, it’s something I am absolutely guilty of.   We all are.   Picture yourself- scrolling through Edutwitter, Instagram and even worse, Pinterest. …

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Handwriting development in Early Years – Is age 4 too early?

  Handwriting development in Early Years – Is age 4  too early?    As an Occupational Therapist, my profession affords me insight into anatomy, development and evolution. One of my greatest concerns is the requirement for children to be writing with a shafted pencil so early within the curriculum. One of the academic targets we …

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MAKING THE MOST OF OUTDOORS – EMBRACING THE OUTDOORS POST LOCKDOWN

  MAKING THE MOST OF OUTDOORS – EMBRACING THE OUTDOORS POST LOCKDOWN By Kathryn Solly Some thoughts, background and research about outdoor learning and its importance to children’s lives.   Introduction:   In recent years the Foundation Stage, including Reception and Year One have been constantly bombarded with lots of new initiatives and changes in …

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Helen Moylett – Time to say NO!

Time to say NO!       Helen Moylett July 2020   We recently saw the launch of the ‘reformed’ Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Nobody in the early years sector asked the government to reform our framework. As we hold our hands up in horror, it might be useful to reflect on what has …

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