Tokenistic Pedagogy

The Early Years and Education Sector are currently full of a range of exciting, interesting and thought provoking pedagogies and learning styles. Nearly every Early Years setting or school now holds ‘Forest Sessions’ or are naming themselves as certified ‘Forest Schools’, anyone within a coastal radius has a ‘Beach School’ edge and the Curiosity Approach…

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: 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…

Schematic Play

In the Early Years sector, the term ‘schema’ or ‘schematic play’ is frequently used, but rarely understood. Schemas are described as patterns of repeated behaviour which allow children to explore and develop ideas and thoughts through play and exploration. These repetitive actions of schematic play allow children to construct meaning in what they are doing. As practitioners it is important that…

Risky Play

Risky play can be defined as a “thrilling and exciting activity that involves a risk of physical injury, and play that provides opportunities for challenge, testing limits, exploring boundaries and learning about injury risk” (Sandseter (2007; Little & Wyver, 2008). At Pebbles Childcare, children are given access to risky play to extend their learning and development whilst being supported by…

The “P” Word.

In Early Years, the one word every practitioner dreads more than ‘OFSTED’ is ‘Planning’. We’ve all been there haven’t we? Whether you’re a Nursery Manager, Early Years Practitioner or a childminder, the word ‘planning’ is one that instantly makes people groan. On training courses, one of your first questions to your neighbour is ‘So what’s…