Boys Will Be Boys

The idea that boys develop at a slower rate than girls is a common one across the Early Years Sector as well as wider communities. Is there any truth to this or is it an old wives tale that has developed and grown over time? Well, in actual fact there is some research to support…

Ofsted

In our sector, the ‘O’ word is often met with groans from managers and practitioners alike, and the mere mention of Ofsted initiates feeling of dread and a shiver down the spine. But why is that? Ofsted and their role are an exceptionally important part of Early Years practice and ensuring that the welfare requirements…

Beach School

In Early Years, there are countless pedagogies and learning styles and practices that we can choose to follow within our provisions, and now there is such significant emphasis on outdoor play and its benefits; Forest Schools and Forest sessions have become the norm.But why stop there? Depending on your locality, there are other options to…

Topics and Themes

As with any part of our Early Years practice, it is important that we are continually reflecting on, critically analysing and developing our thoughts and practice – but are there some elements of our practice that we overlook? In this blog, we will be taking a deeper and more critical look at the use of…

Caring for Under-Ones.

September is a period of change for most childcare providers; with children leaving to start their transition to school and a new cohort of children to settle in and introduce to the setting. We are no exception to this rule and as we bid farewell to our five school leavers this year, we embarked upon…

Jumpers For Goalposts

Now the football frenzy of the Russia World Cup 2018 has finally died down, we take a refelctive look back on a tournament that not only bought the entire country together as a whole, but also the incredible impact and learning opportunities this tournament had on our children within Early Years. You don’t have to…

Utilising Your Early Years Environment

In our blog on ‘Outdoor Play’ we touched upon the restrictions in terms of space and flexibility that so many settings face in terms of their learning environments. This seems to be an ever recurring problem amongst smaller settings and home-based childcare providers alike. However, we pose the question – is the space the problem or…

EYFS Explained: EAD

As explained in our previous posts , in this series of our blogs, we will be taking an in depth look into each area of the seven areas of learning and development and talking about and demonstrating how we support the children’s learning and development in each area and the benefits this has. We will look…

EYFS Explained: PD

As explained in our previous post on CL, in this series of our blogs, we will be taking an in depth look into each area of the seven areas of learning and development and talking about and demonstrating how we support the children’s learning and development in each area and the benefits this has. We will…

EYFS Explained: CL

As explained in our previous post on PSED, in the next series of our blogs, we will be taking an in depth look into each area of the seven areas of learning and development and talking about and demonstrating how we support the children’s learning and development in each area and the benefits this has. We…

Enabling Environments

As childcare professionals, we are all aware of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and how each of these basic needs need to be met in order for an individual to reach the top of the hierarchy and achieve self-actualisation which enables an individual to become ‘everything one is capable of becoming’ (Maslow, 1987, p64). As early…