Early Years

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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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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My Lightbulb Moment – A Journey to Spotting The Teachable Moments

    I started my Early Years career whilst in my last year at University; I had changed my degree path from Primary QTS and had a lot of spare time whilst writing my dissertation, so I got a part time job in a nursery. Who knew that it would go on to be my …

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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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