Practice

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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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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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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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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Fostering the nurturing environment in your Early Years setting

  Ever since I became a nurturing parenting programme facilitator, I have always tried so hard to take on board the approach of nurturing within my career. It is important to nurture oneself to be able to nurture others. To see the benefits of teaching and endorsing nurturing to both parents and children has proven …

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Supervision within Schools and Early Years Settings. Do we require this approach?

  I am currently working with a Special Needs School in Derby around implementation of a Supervision policy. With the growing need for Schools and Early Years settings to support outside of the normal educational remit, I have been able to demonstrate how we go above and beyond for child centred outcomes through a supervision …

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