Guest Blog

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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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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LGBTQ Month: A Quick Look at Books – By Debbie Garvey

  My interest in, let’s call them ‘unusual books’ for children, started by accident. A few years ago, I was searching online for videos of children playing that I could legitimately use on my training courses. I accidentally came across Jazz Jennings, and watched the video with growing interest. If you’ve not heard of Jazz, …

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Ready to read and write? Check that core skills are in place first …..

  Diana has presented research at speech and language therapy conferences both in the UK and in Europe, is co-author of the WellComm Big Book of Ideas (2010) and has worked as a Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Jo has worked with children with SLCN for 30 years. She worked as a …

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Does being outdoors make a difference to the quality of children’s speech and language? by Dr Tanya Richardson

    The impact of the environment on young children’s speech has been something that has interested me for some time now. It stemmed from a time where I owned and managed my own day nursery. The nursery was in a converted warehouse and it had a very small outside area. Because of this tiny …

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