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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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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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#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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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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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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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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