Autumn Exploratory Jelly…

Alistair Bryce-CleggCreativity, Malleable Materials, Messy Play, Texture Kitchen16 Comments

It is time to get your Autumn Jelly ingredients ready! If you make some Autumn Jelly, don’t forget to share the results. This is a really simple activity that gives you lots of opportunities to explore many aspects of the EYFS. If you involve the children from the very beginning then not only will they be able to talk about and name the resources that they have collected, they will also be able to explore how the gelatine changes the water from a liquid to a solid. You can talk about how the mixture goes from hot to cold and what the final jelly feels like in their hands. There should be lots of opportunities for a variety of experiences, talking … Read More

50 Fantastic Ideas…

Alistair Bryce-CleggUncategorized5 Comments

Lots of you will have some of Bloomsbury’s ’50 Fantastic ideas for….’ books. Indeed some of you might have the ones that I have written for them. I was having a chat with my lovely editor this week about my Transition into Year One book and she said that Bloomsbury were on the look out for new authors and ideas for the 50’s range. I always think that the best people to ask about ideas are the people who actually do the job so… Do you fancy writing a ’50 Fantastic Ideas’ book for Featherstone/Bloomsbury? If you think the answer to that question might be ‘yes’, then this is roughly how it works, although some of the details can be different … 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

Best Practice in the Early Years – Win A Copy!

Alistair Bryce-CleggUncategorized342 Comments

When it comes to ABC books, it seems that recently they are a bit like buses. You wait ages and then two come at once! There were ‘printing issues’ with Continuous Provision – The Skills which meant it was greatly delayed. Then this week (on schedule). Bloomsbury released ‘Best Practice in the Early Years’ and gave me 5 copies to giveaway.   So, if you fancy getting one for free then all you have to do is: Leave a comment at the end of this blog post and/or Leave a comment on my Facebook page ABC Does and/or Tweet me @ABCDoes with the #bestpractice and/or Leave a comment on my Instagram with the #bestpractice All entries must be made by noon on … Read More