Early Years

Knowing what you believe and the importance of it! My personal creed!

  Knowing what you believe and the importance of it! My personal creed! By Tamsin Grimmer   There has been a lot of discussion on social media recently about the child and childhood and what certain people believe to be true. I don’t agree with much of what I have read – but I do …

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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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We need to Crown this moment. – The Unique Child and LGBTQ Early Years Representation

Right now, we have an opportunity to trailblaze an inclusive dialogue through Early Years practices, allowing all conversations to be at the centre of inclusive practice and change the way we think. Why not start that journey now? Many of you know that we have a new Non-Statutory Guidance for the Early Years. This is …

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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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