Kathy’s Centre Update.

Alistair Bryce-CleggUncategorized2 Comments

When Act4Africa got in touch a couple of years ago to ask if I’d like to support them in setting up a brand new Kindergarten in Uganda I jumped at the chance. One of the founder members of the organisation (Kathy Smedley) had been a teacher in a local Primary School here in Cheshire and the charity are based 10 minutes from home so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to be involved in something different, interesting and challenging. Of course I had no idea quite how challenging it would be! The Act4Africa Story The charity was set up almost 20 years ago aiming to do something positive by harnessing the talents and capabilities of the local African communities. The … Read More

Transition to Year One – A Practitioner’s Story

Alistair Bryce-CleggTransition, Uncategorized9 Comments

As Reception and Year One staff will be beginning to move into the final phase of their transition I am pleased to welcome Alison Hutchison as a guest blogger to talk about transition! Qualifying 20 years ago Alison has worked as a class teacher, nursery manager, local authority under 3’s development officer and nursery advisory teacher. Following a yearning to be back in class she became a principal teacher in a small rural school.  She has just returned to work following a career break to spend time with her children and has just completed her second book for the Bloomsbury ’50 Fantastic’ series. Today, she is sharing a transition idea that proved to be a great success for her and her children. … Read More

Kitcamp Giveaway…

Alistair Bryce-CleggUncategorized435 Comments

When it comes to children’s play, the freedom to imagine, build and create is paramount. I talk a lot in my work about the benefits of deconstructed role play and am always on the look out for alternatives to the humble cardboard box. It was one of those searches that led me to Kitcamp. After seeing the kit online, I got in touch with the Kitcamp team and asked if they would be willing to give me a set that I could giveaway to you. I was chuffed when they said yes! What is Kitcamp? Well, have a look at this… This is what the Kitcamp team say about their product Why consider KITCAMP? Kitcamp offers an engaging learning environment … Read More

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