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Listen to our latest Blogs via a Podcast and hear tips on best practice, resourcing your environment and up to date news and reviews at any time to suit you....

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Maximising Learning in Continuous Provision – The Water Area

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Maximising Learning in Continuous Provision – The Water Area

Exploring and experimenting with water is a key fascination of many children – and if you have it available continuously, you may even find that some children go back to it a lot! Should this be a worry?  Well, not as much as you think. If you plan your water area well, you’ll ensure that...

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Taking Continuous Provision beyond the EYFS – Maximising Learning in Key Stage One

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Taking Continuous Provision beyond the EYFS – Maximising Learning in Key Stage One

When we compare the curriculum and practices of the Early Years Curriculum to that of the Key Stage 1 Curriculum we are often faced with fundamental differences in both style and content. Learning in the EYFS is active, play-based and hands on, centred around the child and their first hand experiences: this can be in...

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The Classroom Environment – Setting Up Your New Classroom

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The Classroom Environment – Setting Up Your New Classroom

Whether you’re setting up your new classroom for the first time, or changing your existing layout, it is vitally important to get it right. The actions you take and the decisions that you make at this point in the year can have a massive impact for you and your children. Get it right and you’ll...

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The Classroom Environment – Riot of colour vs Peace and Neutrality

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The Classroom Environment – Riot of colour vs Peace and Neutrality

Just before you reach for yet another brightly coloured roll of paper or border to cover your classroom walls and display boards, stop. Let’s just pause and think for a minute. By beginning displays in this way, what is it that we are adding, what’s the purpose behind our choices? Somewhere along the line, we’ve...

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Maximising Learning in Continuous Provision – Domestic Role Play in EYFS

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Maximising Learning in Continuous Provision – Domestic Role Play in EYFS

A Home Corner is the most familiar experience the children can have. It relates directly to their own lives and their interests and is something that all children have in common regardless of their cultural background or previous experience. Every child can recreate experiences they have at home and with careful planning and the support...

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Block Play Alongside Small World Resources

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Block Play Alongside Small World Resources

Decisions you make about how you organise and arrange your classroom will have a big impact on the quality of the learning that occurs there. Well organised, well planned provision areas provide meaningful opportunities for independent exploration, effective interactions and focussed teaching. Some areas of provision and collections of resources are most effective when used...

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Providing a Language Rich Curriculum in the EYFS

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Providing a Language Rich Curriculum in the EYFS

In our recent Early Excellence Blog we explored the vital importance of talk in EYFS classrooms. Talk is a key aspect in building strong relationships, developing communication and language skills; and challenging thinking. Practice which values talk needs to be carefully planned and requires skilful adult interaction. Juliet Clark, Assistant Headteacher and EYFS Leader at...

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New to Teaching the EYFS?
Survival Guide Part 3: Making Time for Teaching

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New to Teaching the EYFS? <br> Survival Guide Part 3: Making Time for Teaching

In part three of our Newly Qualified Teacher series, we are going to focus on the role of the adult in the Early Years Foundation Stage. As part of this we will be exploring the balancing act that is teaching in the early years. From whole class teaching and small group work to facilitating and...

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New to Teaching the EYFS?
Survival Guide Part 2: Establishing Systems & Routines

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New to Teaching the EYFS? <br> Survival Guide Part 2: Establishing Systems & Routines

In part one of our NQT blog we outlined some of the fundamental relationships that need to be formed and nurtured when working in the EYFS environments. Now, let’s look beyond those relationships and begin to look at some of the other key things you’ll need to consider. As a new teacher, it can be...

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New to Teaching the EYFS?
Survival Guide Part 1: Getting to Know Everyone

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New to Teaching the EYFS? <br> Survival Guide Part 1: Getting to Know Everyone

As an NQT, starting a new teaching job is exciting, and a chance to put into practice so many ideas that you have seen and heard about through training and teaching practices. As you step into your new classroom, your head will be buzzing with lots of plans and ideas and there will be all...

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First Steps: A Review of the Planning Guidance for Early Years

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First Steps: A Review of the Planning Guidance for Early Years

Like you, we have been trying to keep up with the multiple guidance publications issued by the Department of Education since the outbreak of COVID 19. Many schools and settings we work with have been talking to us about how they have been addressing the challenges raised with relation to safety and welfare of adults...

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The Challenge for Y1 September 2020 – a cohort unlike any other that has gone before

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The Challenge for Y1 September 2020 – a cohort unlike any other that has gone before

Whenever our children arrive back into school, they will have needs unlike any cohort that has gone before them. The range of lockdown experiences in any given class will vary enormously. Some children will bear the effects of trauma, stress or grief, others will only remember uninterrupted family time – but all will have faced...

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Navigating the Sea of Talk

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Navigating the Sea of Talk

Being a reflective teacher, we’re often told, is the key to developing effective practice. Realistically though, within the busy school day with many demands on teachers’ time, having the opportunity to stand back and consider our practice is a real rarity. The lockdown period has been an anxious time, but it has given many teachers...

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Transient Art and Loose Parts Play

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Transient Art and Loose Parts Play

Why is Creativity Important? Creative opportunities will give children a sense of control over their surroundings and a feeling of satisfaction and are, therefore, extremely important for their wellbeing at this unsettling time. Alongside this, creative opportunities are valuable because they support children’s thinking skills, encouraging them to express their ideas, solve problems and plan...

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Early Years Home Schooling in Lockdown

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Early Years Home Schooling in Lockdown

Home Schooling We’ve entered a new time. A time of home schooling, of online PE lessons, live link up phonics sessions and an avalanche of online support. Much of this will be helpful to children, and parents, as they set about this period of isolation, but I do think we need to be careful here....

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What Comes Next? Key Issues for the EYFS and Key Stage One after Lockdown

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What Comes Next? Key Issues for the EYFS and Key Stage One after Lockdown

One thing that the lockdown situation has given many of us is a lot of is time. As we emerge from isolation, desperately needing haircuts but with kitchen cupboards tidier than they’ve ever been, we will have been through a major upheaval on a national and international scale. Yet, after the whole country, including the...

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EYFS in Lockdown – Meaningful Learning Opportunities in the Home

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EYFS in Lockdown – Meaningful Learning Opportunities in the Home

From Zoom meetings and Facetime chats to online activity ideas and YouTube story times, technology has provided us with the ability to stay connected with family, friends and our classes with relative ease during this lockdown period. Understandably, most of our responses as EYFS teachers during the current crisis, have been based around the use...

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EYFS in Lockdown – The importance of Valuing Children’s Interests

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EYFS in Lockdown – The importance of Valuing Children’s Interests

As we try to get to grips with this new, isolated way of life, education for our youngest children has also changed dramatically. EYFS teachers have been working incredibly hard to fulfil their teaching role whilst staying safe and staying at home. In the first week of the lockdown the internet was full of online...

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Exploring the Fantastic Possibilities of Maths Outdoors

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Exploring the Fantastic Possibilities of Maths Outdoors

When it comes to teaching and learning outdoors, this quote from the Professor Tina Bruce always comes to mind: “Frequent lack of attention to the external environment must come from some bizarre assumption that knowledge acquired indoors is superior to that gained outside.” Tina Bruce, Early Childhood Education There’s more than an element of truth...

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The Outdoor Curriculum in all its Glory

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The Outdoor Curriculum in all its Glory

What does your outdoor curriculum look like? Is it simply a replication of the indoors, or does it provide additional and unique experiences as it should? Being clear about the learning taking place in your outdoor environment is critical – and with the new Ofsted inspection framework and the review of the Early Learning Goals...

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