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 Assessment18 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

Common Play Behaviours and Continuous Provision

Alistair Bryce-CleggContinuous Provision, Environment, Planning and Assessment, Uncategorized25 Comments

Often when I work with Early Years Practitioners, the thing that they find the most difficult to get consistently right is Continuous Provision. 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 want children to be happy – happy children make successful learners! But, we also want children to be motivated and challenged by the resources that we provide for them. … Read More

Inclusion and Early Years Practice – Kathy Brodie

Alistair Bryce-CleggGiveaway, Planning and Assessment, Uncategorized3 Comments

I am always on the look out for a good Early Years read, and when you find a book that is not only full of useful information, but has also been written by someone you know understands Early Years and practitioners – well that is just a bonus! I have worked with Kathy on a number of occasions delivering conferences and training for EYP’s (now EYT’s) in the North West. This is the third of Kathy’s books that I have read and I asked her if she wouldn’t mind doing a quick guest blog post to give you some more information about it. Kathy is also giving away five copies of the book. If you fancy getting your hands on one, … Read More