Dinosaurs in Reception – Jenni’s Story

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I was really chuffed that Jenni took the time to drop me a quick email to tell me that she had tried the recipe for dinosaur eggs that I had posted. It sounded like they had such a good time, I asked her to write me a post all about it…. I was so pleased that Alistair asked me to write about the fantastic dinosaur experience we recently had at our nursery – all thanks to ABC DOES!  I logged on to ABC DOES, as usual, just to see what was happening. There it was, a recipe for dinosaur eggs – yippee, just what I needed to spice up our ‘theme’ – All creatures great and small!  Alongside our ‘theme’ … Read More

Cross Phase Planning – Nursery and Reception

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Whether it is Nursery and Reception or Reception and Year 1 together – cross phase working and planning can be a HUGELY positive experience for children but if it is done 'properly' then there are lots of challenges for the practitioners. Whilst adult directed activities are not such usually the issue, the main challenge comes through effective differentiation within the continuous provision. Your resourcing and challenge in all of your areas has to cater for the ability levels of all of your children from the lest to the most able. With two age groups together you are often significantly increasing the range of ability you are catering for. I have never yet come across a setting where the provision has … Read More

Practical Activities for 2 Year Olds – Kathy Brodie

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Following Kathy's last post here are some activites to get you started! Practical activities for your 2-year-olds In my last blog post, I talked about how to meet the sorts of challenges that practitioners may have in mixed age rooms. Some of these may be because settings are now taking 2-year-olds for the first time. In this blog post, I intend to be more practical and discuss some activities for your 2-year-olds. These will support their learning and development, but, much more importantly, they are fun!  Language Development Singing with your 2-year-olds helps them hear the different sounds and recognise the rhythms of words. It also helps children remember words. Not many people can recite a poem from beginning to end, … Read More

Two Year Olds in a Mixed Age Group by Kathy Brodie

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I first met Kathy when I delivered a keynote speech at a conference she had coordinated for the North West EYP's. Since then I have been a regualr vister to her website  and have enjoyed reading her thoughts on what good EYFS practice could look like, especially for 0-3's Kathy is an Early Years Professional and trainer who specialises in the EYFS and effective provision for 2 year olds. She designs and delivers a variety of courses for Early Years practitioners in the North West and undertakes coaching and mentoring for practitioners with the EYPS. She also tutors on the Foundation Degree course at Stockport College (awarded by Liverpool John Moores University). Kathy is a contributing author to Hodder Education's 'Early … Read More