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…

Early Years Well-Being Week

Last week was ‘Early Years Well-Being Week’, which bought to attention the importance of the well-being of not only the children in Early Years, but the professionals who work with them. It is no coincidence that this week fell in the same week as ‘World Mental Health Day’, but why has it taken until now…

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…

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: 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 will look at each area from a…

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…

Emotional Resilience and Intelligence

As practitioners we know only too well how important supporting children’s personal, social and emotional development is, particularly in today’s soceity where children’s mental health (and mental health in general) is so prevalent. There are staggering statistics from the Mental Health Foundation that say at least 1 in 10 children (aged 5 – 16 years)…

Parent Partnerships

In our previous post on Attachment, we touched briefly upon parent partnerships and how these support the attachment process with the children, as well as supporting the children’s learning and development whilst in the setting. Here we will look more in depth at what we do as a setting to develop strong and lasting partnerships with…

Attachment

Whether you’re a practitioner or a parent, everyone has heard of and knows about Bowlby’s theory of attachment. But what does attachment really mean in a modern society? How do we as practitioners interpret and implement attachment theory in our practice? What is the impact on the children? What does this mean for parents? And…