Hello March! – Book Giveaway

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If you would like to win this lovely selection of books from Bloomsbury Early Years Online   Will You Be My Friend? by Molly Potter A Sense Of Place by Annie Davy Teaching Children To Listen by Liz Spooner and Jaqui Woodcock Schemas – A Practical Handbook by Laura England Continuous Provision In The Early Years by Alistair Bryce-Clegg How To Be An Outstanding Nursery Leader by Allison Lee 50 Fantastic Ideas – Tuff Trays by Sally Wright 50 Fantastic Ideas – Mark Making by Alistair Bryce-Clegg 50 Fantastic Ideas – Teaching Phonics by Alistair Bryce-Clegg What’s Going On Inside My Head – by Molly Potter   then all you have to do is… Leave a comment under this ‘secret’ blog … Read More

Social Media #KeepingItReal

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#KeepingItReal Social media is a funny old place isn’t it? I try to use the various platforms to interact with fellow Early Years practitioners in a constructive way as well as sharing what I’m up to over the coming months. For the most part I find it positive and a really nice way of connecting with people. One of my favourite formats is Instagram – there seems to be more of a community feel to it and (generally) less negativity. If you follow my Instagram feed you’ll know that every Tuesday I hand my account over to someone else working within the world of Early Years. We’ve had contributions from teachers, home schoolers, nursery teams, childminders and playgroups. We’ve also … Read More

Good Level of Development – A National Picture.

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This week I launched a project that I am doing in the North West of England in conjunction with our Ofsted Big Conversation steering committee. The idea for the project came about after Ofsted released their findings in relation to the number of children who achieve a Good Level of Development (GLD) at the end of the Reception year. This is their Good Level of Development by Local Authority map for 2017/18. You can find it here The North West region, where I live and worked for my entire teaching career, has a high number of Local Authorities where the attainment of GLD is in the lowest National band. The idea of the project is to provide some really cost … Read More

Blowing Activity to Support Speech Development (at least, that’s how it started!).

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Increasingly in the settings that I work with, there are more children who are showing some signs of speech delay. This can be for a number of reasons and we should always seek professional advice if we have any concerns. There are some activities that you can do with all children, that are not only fun, but give them the opportunity to explore a range of skills and experiences that also link to the physical development that can support successful speaking. With this in mind I popped into my local packaway pre school  – The Ark – (find them on Facebook here), where Sally, Nigel and Janice kindly gave up one of their Tuff Trays. The activity that I wanted … Read More