Voice of the Child

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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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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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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Back to the Future – what is next for our children?

I don’t have a crystal ball and I cannot exactly pin point what the future will hold for our children. Who would have thought that we would be in the middle of a pandemic. However, right now the Government focus is on education and the most vulnerable children in our society. Now, I am not …

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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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Positioning your Practice Related to the United Convention of the Rights of the Child, 30 Years

  Listening Practice and why this is so important within the Early Years As we are celebrating 30 years of the United convention of the Rights of the Child, I thought I would give one perspective around hearing young children’s voices and within practice listening to children. Defining the voice of the child “Children are …

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