Susan Isaacs on Play.

Alistair Bryce-CleggABC Does A Blog, Boys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, Continuous Provision, Creativity, EYFS Policy and Practice, Nurseries, Play, Uncategorized5 Comments

At the moment I am putting the finishing touches to a new book that I am writing for Sage all about play. I have always really enjoyed writing about my own thoughts on Early Years education, but in creating this book I have had the opportunity to go back, re-read and discover what other people have to say about it. One of my favourite re-reads has been The Educational Value of the Nursery School by Susan Isaacs. Her writing is so relevant to today it is hard to believe that it was first published in 1937! Isaacs was a pioneer of children’s play putting the development of emotions and feelings at the heart of her practice. She was committed to … Read More

Guest Post – Julian Grenier – Successful Early Years Ofsted Inspections.

Alistair Bryce-CleggChild Initiated Learning, EYFS Policy and Practice, Ofsted3 Comments

Julian is the headteacher of Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre in Newham, East London and the author of Successful Early Years Ofsted Inspections (Sage, 2016). He is also a National Leader of Education, one of the co-founders of the East London Partnership Teaching School and he works as an additional inspector. He has previously been the senior Early Years Adviser for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and was headteacher of Kate Greenaway Nursery School and Children’s Centre in Islington. In his school career, he has worked in primary, special and nursery schools across inner and east London.       I’m delighted that Alistair is giving me some space to share an extract from my latest book, Successful Early Years … 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

Planning for Continuous Provision – Reception and Year One

Alistair Bryce-CleggChild Initiated Learning, Continuous Provision, Creativity, EYFS Policy and Practice, Nurseries, Planning and Assessment13 Comments

If you are looking at an effective transition for children into Year One then your timetable will be very similar to a good Reception one rather than a more traditional Year One format. Your children will have periods of direct adult input this could be whole class or group depending on what you are teaching. The children will then spend much longer periods of time in Continuous Provision where the adults will be observing, supporting, challenging and teaching. My preferred style of working in Continuous Provision is that after you have finished your direct input everyone goes into the play together. It know it is tempting to keep a ‘group’ back on the carpet and then rotate through your groups … Read More