Rebecca Reynolds is an independent early years literacy consultant; this is the third blog in a series on children’s early writing that she has written for us. What does moving at your own speed look like in the classroom? In my second blog about handwriting (as distinct from writing in its other forms), I explored …
World Health Organisation update their recommendations for children under five
This week the World Health Organisation has updated some of their recommendations for children under five.
This fine place so close to home
Thanks to Paula Stone for this week's article; are some children seen as more important than others in our society? Since reading the article in the Guardian on 25thMarch “Too poor to play: children in social housing blocked from communal playground” I have been deeply, deeply troubled. The story reports how a housing …
Should we reward children for full school attendance?
Should we do away with school attendance prizes and prosecuting for term-time holidays? Or do you think we should return to medals for those pupils who don’t miss any lessons?
Busy times, busy women
Busy times for us both at the moment because, as well as everything else going on in our lives, we are working on the first draft of our second book. Generally, this seems to involve occasionally meeting up for coffee and comparing notes on how much (or how little!) we have done and promising to …
Children’s Centres’ “fight for survival”
Yesterday the Local Government Association (LGA) claimed that Sure Start children’s centres in England and Wales are in a “fight for survival” as the amount of funding for them fell by 25% between 2014/15 and 2017/18.
Professional identity; who am I and how do others see me?
A poignant post this week from an early years practitioner who wishes to remain anonymous. Creeping towards 43 years old, with a career in early years that started when I was 16, I recently undertook a role as a nursery teacher in a maintained nursery class. My experience within the early years sector is vast …
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LEGO: The building blocks of children’s development
In what ways have you seen LEGO play a part in children’s learning and development, either at home or in their educational settings?
What’s in a name?
Rebecca Reynolds is an independent early years literacy consultant. This is the second of a series of 3 posts she is writing for us on the subject of children's handwriting. For a child, the ability to write their own name is one of their most noticeable achievements, one which they become very proud of. It …
Is this app ……appropriate?
Another great blog to get us thinking by Dr Paula Stone; let Paula know what you think about this initiative by adding your comments. This week (20 February), the Education Secretary Damian Hinds has announced the roll-out of free access to educational apps to families from disadvantaged backgrounds in a bid to boost early literacy …