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

I hope that’s not a gun!

Alistair Bryce-CleggBoys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, construction, Creativity, Role Play, Talk, Weapon and Superhero Play21 Comments

When I first trained to teach in Early Years, gun play was definitely off limits. We were told that there should be a zero tolerance to it as it encouraged children to be rough and aggressive. Any sign of a child wielding any thing that might have even been slightly mistaken for a gun had to be dealt with quickly and sternly. I remember being left worth the feeling that if I ignored this behavior then I would be turning all of my gun making children into thugs in later life. It occurred to me after a few years that no matter what sort of cohort the children were, no matter which school I was teaching in, superhero and weapon … Read More

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

How to Write Like a Jedi – Star Wars Inspiration!

Alistair Bryce-CleggBoys Learning, Jedi Writing, Mark Making, Weapon and Superhero Play7 Comments

As we see the return of Star Wars to the cinema – don’t miss your chance to motivate your children with a bit of Jedi Writing! Walt Disney Company  I came up with Jedi Writing as a ‘boy heavy’ reception class teacher in the early 1990’s when Star Wars was ‘big news’ in my class. The good thing about it is that although Jedi’s where my initial inspiration you can apply the principle to any interest whatsoever. The key to any successful learning is of course engagement so make sure however you choose to ‘dress’ your talk handwriting practice has them jumping up and down with excitement and not hiding under the water tray. Although it was born out of … Read More