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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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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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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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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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Sarah Presswood – Building Happy, Healthy, Hope-full Lives.

  Building Happy, Healthy, Hope-full Lives. By Sarah Presswood Owner and  Manager at George Perkins Day Nursery That is our strapline at nursery, and I suppose it might seem like stating the obvious to say that these are the fundamental principles on which we build our care and teaching. However, I believe that all too …

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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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