Early Years

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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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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Who is looking after our leaders in the Early Years?

Over the past few weeks I have been constantly joining in Zoom calls, taking emails and most evenings on the telephone talking to professionals from across the Early Years Sector. However, these people all have one thing in common…. They are all owners, leaders and managers of nurseries, nursery schools, playgroups and childminders. All with …

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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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Why Every Early Years Child Needs an Imaginary Friend (and how to give them one)

  Written By Rachel McKenna Director of Pyjama Drama Learning   Long gone are the days when parents or teachers worried that a child’s imaginary friend was proof that they had no ‘real’ friends or that they were displaying signs of psychological trauma or social deficiency. It’s now accepted that it is not uncommon, nor …

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Child’s Voice – Hearing the children in your setting by Lucie Hamilton

  I have been working in the educational field for over ten years, beginning my journey as a parent helper and progressing through various jobs and studies. Last year I graduated with an MA Early Childhood Education degree at Anglia Ruskin University, during which time I was promoted at work to preschool room leader – …

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The Magic in Everything by Sarah Watkins

  Sarah Watkins has taught every year group at primary level and was previously Head of School. She now teaches Reception. She regularly writes for Teach Early Years The Magic in Everything “My father taught me to see the magic in everything. Growing up, magic was in the sunrise and the rainfall. In every expression …

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