Books to Encourage Conversation in the Early Years

Alistair Bryce-CleggChild Initiated Learning, Diversity, Gender, Race, Reading, Talk4 Comments

This week on my Facebook Page I posted some books that I’ve found useful when talking to younger children about identity. In my view children are never too young to have these (age appropriate) conversations. As Early Years educators we are in the privileged position of working with children right at the beginning of their journey through education. We can encourage an open mindset, foster a culture of acceptance and show children how to celebrate difference. We can have a HUGE impact. It’s vitally important that children see themselves and their familiar culture reflected in books but equally important that they read (and listen to) stories that broaden their knowledge of identity, providing them with an informed, rich view of … Read More

Blowing Activity to Support Speech Development (at least, that’s how it started!).

Alistair Bryce-CleggABC Does A Blog, Boys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, Continuous Provision, Creativity, Environment, mathematics, Role Play, Talk, Uncategorized6 Comments

Increasingly in the settings that I work with, there are more children who are showing some signs of speech delay. This can be for a number of reasons and we should always seek professional advice if we have any concerns. There are some activities that you can do with all children, that are not only fun, but give them the opportunity to explore a range of skills and experiences that also link to the physical development that can support successful speaking. With this in mind I popped into my local packaway pre school  – The Ark – (find them on Facebook here), where Sally, Nigel and Janice kindly gave up one of their Tuff Trays. The activity that I wanted … Read More

Are we really supporting children’s language development during child-led play?

Alistair Bryce-CleggChild Initiated Learning, Environment, Talk4 Comments

This week I am really pleased to have a guest blog by Catherine Jackson. I first came across Catherine via her really informative speech and language blog Wise Old Owl. For a while we were social media buddies and then managed to meet up in ‘real life’ at the Child Care Expo where Catherine was speaking and exhibiting. I know you will find her work useful and thought provoking. I would urge you to have a look at her blog – there is lots more info to get your teeth into. Catherine is a speech and language therapist with over 20 years experience and has worked in both the NHS and the private sector in both the Northern and Southern … 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