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Book Review – Observing Gabby by Cath Arnold

Book Review – Observing Gabby written by Cath Arnold Reflections by Aaron Bradbury    I have been writing about the use of books for CPD in the Early Years now for a couple of months. Reviewing core texts and exploring the use of them within your practices. So this month I am giving you a …

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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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#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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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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