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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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Have Your Say – The EYFS Consultation

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Have Your Say – The EYFS Consultation

The DfE’s EYFS Consultation is coming to an end. Respond by the 31st January With so much change heading our way it is essential for all involved in the EYFS to have their say.  As an organisation, Early Excellence concur with many in the sector, that some of the proposed changes are welcome, whilst others require...

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Storming It Outdoors! The Fantastic Possibilities of Cold, Wet & Windy Weather

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Storming It Outdoors! The Fantastic Possibilities of Cold, Wet & Windy Weather

Outdoor Learning – Big Coat Weather There’s no getting away from it. After weeks of wet and windy weather bringing squelchy mud and localised flooding, outdoor learning in the Summer is fast becoming a distant memory. Not only that, if one thing is for certain, it’s that the cold, wet and windy weather is here...

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Top Tips for Effective Tidy-Up Times in the EYFS

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Top Tips for Effective Tidy-Up Times in the EYFS

How is tidy up time viewed at your school or setting? Is it seen as a race, rushing to finish tidying so that the learning can continue, or do you have a different approach? Being effective at tidy up time isn’t about speed (well, not always!) – at Early Excellence we believe it’s more about...

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Change Isn’t Always for the Better

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Change Isn’t Always for the Better

One thing that always puzzles me about Early Years education is how quick we are to change things in our classrooms and settings. We plan out our room at the start of the year and stand back proudly admiring our work. “This is it” we say to our colleagues, “I’ve got my room just how...

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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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Why Quality Environments Matter in Early Years

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Why Quality Environments Matter in Early Years

Do your early years’ classroom spaces truly reflect your vision for learning? Have they come together by accident or been carefully planned to offer rich, meaningful and joyful experiences for young children?   In the early years, young children learn through a wonderful mix of dynamic, hands-on learning experiences supported by highly skilled adults who...

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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 extra, 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...

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Early Excellence Resources Now Available on Amazon Business!

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Early Excellence Resources Now Available on Amazon Business!

At Early Excellence, we are delighted to sell on Amazon Business our fantastic range of early years furniture, classroom resources and storage. You are sure to already know and use Amazon yourself – after all, they do have a staggering 310 million active users worldwide – and you might even buy stationary or other items...

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Reconceptualising Professionalism

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Reconceptualising Professionalism

The role of the practitioner, as well as being incredibly important, is also inordinately complex. We work in an environment and a profession that is simultaneously challenging on a multitude of levels. The importance of continuous professional development (CPD) to refine and enrich the skills and expertise we develop has long been realised, if not...

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Responsible Early Childhood Pedagogy

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Responsible Early Childhood Pedagogy

Why staying true to your values and keeping informed will help secure the right outcomes for children, despite the latest and ongoing challenges presented by uninformed reports and government policy. Early years educators, particularly those working in schools, could be forgiven for experiencing a sense of ‘besiegement’. Two recent events have focused attention on the...

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