Great expectations
What do we really want for our children

Technology

A lot of emphasis is put on reading, writing and storytelling and maths, but actually, if you can’t be creative, how can you solve problems? That’s what the blocks help you to do – you turn a problem over, not only in your mind, but you also turn it over in your hands.
Here's a fun, simple craft to try with young (and older!) children. Make a beautiful surprise Easter egg to brighten your home, or stick it on a card and send to a friend or relative.
Given a chance, children will always find opportunities for messy play whether in a garden, an outdoor classroom, or neighbourhood park. So how do we as adults, teachers, or parents get ready to support this type of play?
With just three folds and a cut, even a young child can create a beautiful star out of a circle of paper.
Paper chain making is relatively simple, yet requires incredible concentration and gives those finger muscles a fine-motor workout.
Many teachers tell me they spend too much time trying to maintain a sense of safety in their classrooms and admit to resorting to more “time outs” and harsher “discipline techniques” than in the past. What is causing some children to develop social behaviour disturbances that I have come to...
Role play is how children make sense of their world, acting out experiences, ideas or stories. Here’s how role play can incorporate all seven EYFS areas of learning and development.
The last few years have seen a surge of interest in woodworking in early years education. Some settings are starting from scratch, while for others it’s a case of dusting down the workbench and digging out the tools after many years of neglect.
If children arrive at school lacking the fine motor skills and finger strength necessary to hold a pencil, they will struggle to master other requirements in kindergarten.
I’m not saying there is no place for technology. But it should be a tool, not a lifestyle, and children do not need it at all.

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