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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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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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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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Going beyond your Early Years setting. Introducing Global Early Childhood Education to your setting

  In recent years I have begun to get involved with the international community. It started with me going to Macao and presenting my research on pedagogy in work-based learning. So within my role as an academic I started to question different perspectives of Early Childhood and Pedagogy and what it all meant. Within settings …

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