Common Play Behaviours – A Continuous Provision Tool.

Alistair Bryce-CleggABC Does A Blog, Child Initiated Learning, Conferences, Continuous Provision, Creativity, EnvironmentLeave a Comment

I talk about Common Play Behaviours in my Excellence in Early Years training. Lots for people say that they find it really helpful when it comes to establishing their Continuous Provision. It takes a bit of thinking about, but is well worth the effort! Have a read and see what you think… Good Continuous Provision can be tricky – all too often children will just visit in an area of provision that they like, where they will choose a resources that they are familiar with and then engage in low level tasks, often for a considerable period of time. This is great for their levels of engagement, but not so much for their levels of progress or attainment. Of course, we … Read More

Complimentary Bum Wash!

Alistair Bryce-CleggConferences, Uncategorized9 Comments

Not long now until the Child Care Expo in Manchester. It all starts on the 16th June when I have the great honour of opening the show (I cannot lie, I am hoping for dancing girls and confetti cannons!). I am also running a seminar that you can book onto. Entry tickets are FREE and you can register for yours here. You can see the costs and availability of all of the seminars and workshops on the Expo web page here. On the Expo web page, you will also find their blog full of interesting bits of info and this blog post by me! Complimentary Bum Wash? Easter is over and we are now in the FINAL term of the school year. … Read More

Transition – Making the Unfamiliar, Familiar.

Alistair Bryce-CleggConferences, Transition, Uncategorized6 Comments

When I first started to teach, transition never really struck me as being an issue. Children just move on to the next year group, the next classroom and the next teacher. Lots of times I was that ‘next teacher’ and I knew how lovely I was (!), so it never occurred to me that my lack of preparation for that transition could have been detrimental to children’s development. The greatest inhibitor to attainment in schools is children’s self-confidence and level of anxiety. When children feel comfortable and ‘at home’ in their environment they are far more likely to succeed. When they are subjected to significant change, it can take many children a long time to adjust to their new situation. … Read More

ABC Does…. New Conference Dates and Destinations.

Alistair Bryce-CleggBoys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, Conferences, Continuous Provision, Creativity, Environment, EYFS Policy and Practice, Nurseries, Outdoors, Planning and Assessment, Role Play, Talk, Transition, Weapon and Superhero Play4 Comments

I have just added some more conference dates for 2017 and 2018. Also, as well as our regular destinations we have added a few new ones like Leicester, Cambridge, Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff and Chester. All of the details for the training, content and a booking form can be found on the conferences tab on the blog. It would be BRILLIANT to see you there! During our Excellence in Early Years day we get the opportunity to discuss what ‘excellent’ Early Years practice can look like. How to set up an effective, engageing  environment. How to make your continuous provision truly continuous, how to plan for high levels of engagement, plus lots more! The transition into Year One from Reception can be tricky. … Read More