Guided by the Guidance?

The dawn of a new term is always a scary, exciting and apprehensive time across the education sector, but even more so when you have rising Covid numbers, a revised curriculum and Government guidance and updates being released weeks and days before the start of a new term.  With so much information, change and uncertainty…

Revised EYFS 2021

Our sector has been full of updates, guidance, legislation and changes over the past year or so as a result of the pandemic, all of which we have all adapted to and taken on board, using our own professional knowledge and judgement and following rules and restrictions the best we can in the most difficult…

Child-Led Learning

We love how spontaneous our days are and how our entire play and pedagogy is led by the children and their interests; a perfect example of this is this week’s learning, which has been all about wood and exploring different properties! We started our week with a quick trip to the vets with Billie before…

The Forgotten Frontline

Headlines of 2021 are full of Covid-19, death toll, R rates and the increasing pressure on our frontline NHS staff, and rightfully so, our NHS and all of our frontline health workers are doing an incredible job in the most dire circumstances, but are being under-appreciated and overlooked by our Government when it comes to…

Conveyor Belt Christmas

Christmas is an exciting time of year; particularly for children in the Early Years; the learning opportunities and experiences are endless and the magic and wonder that can be created for the children is truly heartwarming. With such upheaval, confusion and change as a result of Covid-19 this year, even more reason to make this…

Lockdown 2.0

When the Prime Minister announced the second national lockdown on Saturday evening, we, like the rest of the country were fed up and despondent, but so relieved to be able to remain open for all children, As a setting, we closed for the duration of the previous lockdown and so this will be our first…

‘Catching Up’ – Life After Covid-19

This week, the term ‘catching up’ in relation to children’s learning has been thrown around countless times by the Government and Education ministers.What exactly are they referring to? Why do they feel that as the country begins to exit the lockdown, that the main priority for children is to ‘catch up’ academically? As we’ve touched…

Preparing for School Transitions – Covid 19.

In this blog we will re-visit our previous piece on getting children ‘school ready’ and what the much-disputed term ‘school readiness’ means for us. In light of the current situation we will also touch upon on how we intend to work with you and the schools to support our school leaver children with their transition…

Early Learning Goals Consultation – Maths

Upon reading the ELG consultation, as professionals we are incredibly concerned by the reform, over the series of our next few blogs we will be dissecting the proposed changes for each area of learning; this week we will be looking at the area which has caused us the most concern thus far; Mathematics. Although there…

Fragile: Handle with care.

You may or may not be aware that we are currently undertaking training in order to become a ‘hygee’ accredited setting and as part of this transformation we are reducing the amount of plastic toys in our environments, instead introducing not only wooden resources, but real, china items and other materials to the children. One…

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…

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…