Are your children ‘School Ready’?

Alistair Bryce-CleggChild Initiated Learning7 Comments

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of being the opening speaker at the National Day Nurseries Association 2018 Conference in Coventry. The NDNA do such brilliant work. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to work with them. My Keynote was called ‘Inspiring Children to Learn’ and my challenge was to try and fit all into 45 mins. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage it. But, we only overran by a little bit! One of the things that I talked about was how we can all work to equip children with ‘School Readiness’, although I am not entirely sure anyone has decided exactly what that is. Here were my thoughts on ‘READINESS’ I reckon if we can create environments and opportunities … Read More

Sand Tray Inspiration…

Alistair Bryce-CleggBoys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, construction, Continuous Provision, Creativity, Environment2 Comments

I have been in Leicester City all of this week finishing a year long project looking at  effective EYFS practice and its impact on progress and attainment. It has been great to see some of the amazing things that the children have achieved. I was talking (a lot) about the importance of sand and water play in EYFS and beyond and how it can be a vehicle for unlimited learning. It can be really easy to get ‘stuck’ when it comes to provision for these areas that takes learning forward rather than children just ending up doing the same old thing. Well, here is a bit of sand/texture tray inspiration from one of my favourite blogs. If this doesn’t want … Read More

#Insta Early Years!

Alistair Bryce-CleggChild Initiated Learning, Continuous Provision, Environment5 Comments

This week I have been writing a blog post for The Foundation Stage Forum about theory and practice and the role that the internet and social media play in both supporting and hindering us in our quest to get it right. The advent of Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and blogs has made a whole world of thoughts, ideas and opinions accessible in a way that they never have been before. It has also opened up the perfect world of the #InstaActivity or the ‘Pinterest worthy’ post. Worlds where beautiful resources in perfect settings lie untouched by children that make us feel inadequate! These posts can be brilliant for ideas and inspiration as long as we recognise their purpose and not just how gorgeous … Read More

Are we really supporting children’s language development during child-led play?

Alistair Bryce-CleggChild Initiated Learning, Environment, Talk4 Comments

This week I am really pleased to have a guest blog by Catherine Jackson. I first came across Catherine via her really informative speech and language blog Wise Old Owl. For a while we were social media buddies and then managed to meet up in ‘real life’ at the Child Care Expo where Catherine was speaking and exhibiting. I know you will find her work useful and thought provoking. I would urge you to have a look at her blog – there is lots more info to get your teeth into. Catherine is a speech and language therapist with over 20 years experience and has worked in both the NHS and the private sector in both the Northern and Southern … Read More