Early Years Curriculum – Any Questions for Gill Jones?

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Next month I have got the opportunity to interview Gill Jones, one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors and Ofsted’s Deputy Director of Early Education. I am going to be talking to Gill about the Quality of Education focus in the Education Inspection Framework and in particular what an Early Years Curriculum might look like and how Ofsted will expect settings to demonstrate ‘ intent, implementation and impact’. You will be able to watch the interview towards the end of next month (depending on how quickly the ABC Does elves can edit it!). Have you got any questions  about the curriculum in the Early Years that you would like me to ask Gill on your behalf? If you have, then please leave them in the … Read More

Teacher Resilience. Why we should be THRIVING not just SURVIVING!

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It is that time of year again. The one that should be filled with magic moments and the spirit of joy and good will to all men (and women). In truth, Christmas can be a real time of stress for Early Years practitioners.  There are often huge expectations for them to produce Christmas cards, salt dough decorations, crackers made out of an old loo roll and an all singing, all dancing production worthy of an Academy Award! Whist we could debate at length the educational value to the children of all of the above activities, we need to seriously consider the impact of this extra pressure on the mental wellbeing and resilience of the practitioners. The sad truth is that although the … Read More

If you want to improve your Phonics – SING!

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I love a bit of singing in the Early Years. In fact I love a bit of singing in general! A couple of years ago at my boys school Christmas Carol Concert, during a particularly rousing rendition of ‘Oh, Come All Ye Faithful’, my eldest son turned to me and hissed ‘Pipe down Bublé!’ On the whole, regardless of your ability as a singer children will always join you in a chorus of whatever you fancy warbling. Also, there are some brilliant songs out there (have only just got Cauliflowers Fluffy (Paintbox) out of my head!). When I first became a teacher my wife bought me a guitar, I learned 4 chords over the summer holidays and I have never … Read More

Cool Canvas Wooden Lockers GIVEAWAY!

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To end our week of ideas for your outdoor kitchen I am chuffed to be able to offer you the opportunity to win a set of these GORGEOUS wooden lockers from Oliver at Cool Canvas. To stand a chance of winning, all you have to do is Leave a comment here or under the relevant post on any of my social media platforms (click the icon for a link):         The giveaway ends at midnight on Friday 15th November 2019. The winner will be chosen at random. This is a UK only giveaway (apologies international chums, but those lockers are HEAVY)! Good Luck! Alistair