Self-regulation in the EYFS: Unfit for Purpose. Guest Post from Mine Conkbayir

Alistair Bryce-CleggABC Does A Blog, Boys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, Continuous Provision, Environment, Ofsted, Outdoors, Uncategorized, Weapon and Superhero Play18 Comments

Self-regulation in the EYFS: Unfit for Purpose.  I have been writing and talking about the fundamental importance of understanding self-regulation (SR) and the neuroscience of early brain development for well over a decade and in this time, I am disappointed to have not seen it feature in early years (EY) qualifications or training as mandatory practice. However, recently, things have changed and SR (which simply put, is the individual’s ability to manage big emotions and their resulting behaviours and to return to a state of calm) has become the ‘’buzzword’’ in the EY sector. ‘What’s the problem?’ you may well ask. Based on my observations, a few key issues come to mind including the proliferation of unscrupulous consultants who have … Read More

Autumn Transient Art

Alistair Bryce-CleggMud Kitchen, Outdoors, Texture Kitchen, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

It is important that children have opportunities for art, design and creativity outdoors as well as indoors. Ideally in your indoor space you will have provision for children to make, model and paint. If you put one of your easels outside with some pots of paint and a couple of aprons then you are just recreating the same indoor opportunities without the ceiling. Although some children might really enjoy painting outside, a key question for me is ‘what unique creative experience can outdoors offer them?’ There will be more about outdoor painting later in the week! We want children to be able to transfer their indoor skills and apply them to different resources and experiences that are strongly linked to … Read More

Cool Canvas Wooden Teepee Giveaway

Alistair Bryce-CleggGiveaway, Outdoors, Uncategorized202 Comments

When Oliver suggested that he make a Teepee for me to Giveaway – how could I say ‘no’?! Better than that…even if you don’t win, then you can got to YouTube and get the instructions for how to make your own. You could even have your own little Teepee village! All details on how to enter at the end of this post. But for now, over to Oliver… Hi. I’m Oliver Wotherspoon and it is great to be involved in another super summer giveaway. I am passionate about outdoors play, and with my company, Cool Canvas , I have spent over a decade designing, manufacturing and installing fantastic natural playgrounds. From fallen log climbing structures to texture kitchens I love play … Read More

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

Alistair Bryce-CleggContinuous Provision, Creativity, Environment, Outdoors, Phonics, Talk, Uncategorized123 Comments

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