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We need to Crown this moment. – The Unique Child and LGBTQ Early Years Representation

Right now, we have an opportunity to trailblaze an inclusive dialogue through Early Years practices, allowing all conversations to be at the centre of inclusive practice and change the way we think. Why not start that journey now? Many of you know that we have a new Non-Statutory Guidance for the Early Years. This is …

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Primitive Reflexes: An Introduction by Helen Hawes

Primitive Reflexes An Introduction   What are primitive reflexes? We are all born with primitive reflexes.  They are a baby’s first response for basic human survival.  These should gradually become ‘integrated’ in sequential order, typically within the first year, making way for postural reflexes.  These are more mature patterns of response controlling balance, coordination, and …

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Maureen Hunt – Working with Parents and Carers in the Early Years

#TeamEarlyChildhood Podcast-  I am interviewing Maureen Hunt Maureen started work in Southampton, where she taught for over 22 years in four nursery and Infant schools, 15 of which were in leadership roles. Maureen subsequently worked for Action for Children as a project leader for Cornwall Children’s Fund, developing new and innovative services in Cornwall to …

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Nannies Crisis – They form a large part of our Early Years and Care sector.

With mounting working pressure on the Nanny Industry,  families requiring childcare to work during the Covid Pandemic, has left the Nanny industry in crisis. The lack of clarity for Nannies working during these unprecedent times has left when asked, ‘Do you feel supported by the industry?’ returned a worryingly low score of just 5.3 our …

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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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Creating a Partnership with Parents and Carers who identify as LGBT in the Early Years. #LGBTHM2020

  This is part one of a 4-part blog which is celebrating the LGBT History Month 2020. It will focus primarily on 4 key aspects with the first one being discussed below. Creating a Partnership with Partners and Carers who identify as LGBT Creating a checklist to make sure that you and your setting are …

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Supporting Parents and Children Living with Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis in Early Childhood – By Philippa Thompson

  ‘As parents we looked forward to your future, what you will choose to become, who will be your friends…girlfriend/boyfriend…university/work/sportsperson. Then one day the perspective changed. That severely cold day when the ice was thick and dangerous on the ground and all advised not to travel. The news told us that the ambulance service were …

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