Under threes outdoors
Treasure baskets
The dual challenge
Enjoyable play from the first months
Little Tommy Tittlemouse
Heuristic play

Babies

Early childhood educators tell me a lot of stories when I keynote or train. And since I’ve been speaking and training for almost four decades, you can imagine just how many stories there have been. Lately, though, I keep hearing the same three stories from teachers throughout the country.
In an early years setting, a child’s key person will become a familiar figure while their primary attachment figure is away during the day. Jack's dad has just dropped him off at nursery. Laura, a practitioner Jack knows well, welcomed him as his key person Rose wasn't available.
Regardless of SEN, many children find paying attention a key challenge. A number of proactive strategies can help, such as allowing the use of sensory-rich resources to provide feedback; providing quiet spaces to sit in calmly and take time out; minimising other distractions; and using attractive...
Children first learn to listen, to speak, to sing, to enjoy rhymes, stories, and books before they can read or write. What we often forget is that this foundation in oral language is a critical step in developing literacy.
In this final article of our Model for living series we focus on learning, a much debated aspect of life in the early years. What are we doing to give children access to quality learning experiences, ensuring that they make stage-appropriate steps while allowing them freedom to inquire, explore,...
Children's play tells family members and early childhood teachers so much about development.
Heuristic play is rooted in young children’s natural curiosity. As babies grow they move beyond being content to simply feel and ponder objects, to wanting to find out what can be done with them.
What a privilege to get glimpses into the lives of individual children who personify the marvel of life and learning that is so bountifully supported by the outdoor environment.
The Treasure Basket is made of sturdy wicker, strong enough for a sitting baby to lean an elbow on without flipping the basket.
Babies love to play and some bought play resources can be very useful. However, many suitable play items do not need to be purchased.

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