Sand Tray Inspiration…

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

Filed under: Boys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, construction, Continuous Provision, Creativity, Environment

The Curiosity Approach – Guest Blog

Many of you will have discovered the work of The Curiosity Approach though their Facebook page. This week Stephanie, one of the founders, has written me a guest blog post to explain a little bit more about their ethos.... The world is changing. We are living in a technological age with children spending endless hours engrossed in TV programs or absorbed on Ipad screens. Children’s lives have become increasingly busy, with play dates, extra activities, sport events and clubs. The world is changing for our youngest children, not just today but long into their future.     The future for our next generation is unpredictable and a report from The Economic World Forum, http://reports.weforum.org/future-of-jobs-2016/chapter-1-the-future-of-jobs-and-skills/ tells us that many current jobs...

Read more

Filed under: ABC Does A Blog, Child Initiated Learning, Creativity, Nurseries

A Mini Me and A ‘Stand Me Ups’ – Giveaway

I am sure that most of you have discovered the joy of a mini me. They are really simple to produce and an excellent addition to any setting. They are great for all sorts of different uses, provocations and enhancements. Hamstel Infant School The idea of a Mini-Me is that you create your class or group in miniature. The children can then use these miniatures in their play. There is nothing more powerful for your self esteem than having a little 'you' that you can take around with you or create fabulous fantasy small worlds to play in. Hamstel Infant School Mini-Me's can be really effective in helping children to develop language and communication skills as well as personal social...

Read more

Filed under: Continuous Provision, Creativity, Environment, Outdoors, Phonics, Talk, Uncategorized