Meanwhile, in Next!

Now, how exciting was this discovery whilst browsing round Next?

A solid wood dice, ok it’s meant to be a doorstop by that just means it should last!

I saw this on a shelf and instantly thought if maths games, counting activities and talking about numbers.

Wish I’d bought it now!

#regretsinlife

Fine Motor Threading

I was having a wander round Home Sense today and saw this pasta on the shelf. I think this would be amazing for threading, working on fine motor control and hand/eye co-ordination.

A bargain at £2.49 as well!

Self Care Sunday – Running

Ever Sunday I try to do something that boosts my own welbeing and recharges me for the week ahead, we all know it’s going to be busy so it’s worthwhile taking that time for yourself. I call this #selfcaresunday

I post about this on my instagram feed so that you can get some inspiration for your own version of #selfcaresunday. This week I took part in a running event called The Bloodaxe Challenge (not as brutal as it sounds!)

Running is well known to be a great source of emotional wellbeing and can help with depression and low mood as well as being brilliant for your physical health.

If you’re not sure where to start with running it’s worthwhile checking out the NHS Couch to 5k programme by clicking here

You can also download the app for your smartphone and this is available for Android and Apple.

Don’t forget Parkrun which is a free, timed 5k tun held in parks and public spaces around the UK/ Find yours by clicking here.

There are so many running groups to join across the UK, lots of which have beginners groups, here a a few useful links:

Run Together

Fit Mums and Friends

Lonely Goat

JogScotland

#bekind #tmpearlyyears #eyfs #wellbeing #bloodaxechallenge #running #physical #practitionersmatter #EYtwittertagteam

Open Ended Play with Nursery Nook

I totally meant to write about this last week but you know how life runs away with you?

Well last week we were delighted to welcome James Tunnell from Nursery Nook into our setting for a twilight session talking about loose parts and open ended play. James has an utter passion for this and it showed in his enthusiasm and eagerness to share his knowledge and experience with us, I sort of rate it a kid in a sweet shop type enthusiasm!

There was an opportunity to play with a huge variety of loose parts (James really needs a bigger car!) but, genuinely, I could have sat and listened to him all night long.

If you are in the wider Yorkshire area and would like to book him then visit his website:

www.nurserynook.co.uk

Male Only Apprenticeship Cohort? Radical!

I’ve followed June O’Sullivan’s blog (she’s the CEO of the London Early Years Foundation, a group of 39 nurseries in and around London) on and off for a while. Just recently though this article caught my eye:

https://www.leyf.org.uk/the-male-only-apprentice-group/

It surprised me and pleased me in equal measure. Finally somebody is doing something radical to increase the male practitioner population for Early Years.

June, I salute you!

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Exciting Journey Ahead – Our Hygge Adventure

I was very lucky recently, I mean VERY lucky, and it doesn’t happen often. I entered a competition on the Facebook Page for Hygge in the Early Years, run by the amazing Kimberly Smith, and to my utter amazement I won!

The competition was to win a place on the latest cohort of the Hygge in the Early Years Accreditation scheme. This is such an exciting opportunity for me and my setting to bring some calmness and joy into our practice as we work through this journey. We are aware it isn’t an overnight process so we are taking our time with it and savouring each lesson.

Check back for updates soon!

What is the “Third Educator”?

I’ve was reading an interesting article recently by Stephanie Bennett and Lyndsey Hellyn, the co-founders of The Curiosity ApproachTM, where the talked about how educational pioneer Loris Malaguzzi always spoke about the children’s learning environment in terms of the Third Education. In fact he’s quoted as saying “There are three teachers of children: adults, other children and their physical environment.”

As practitioners do we really spend a lot of our time looking at how our rooms look and constantly running around and sweeping up the mess to keep it looking nice? Isn’t that just a sign that the room isn’t working for the children?

In one of my previous settings I always knew it was time for a change round in the layout of the room when it became our main focus of the day to be clearing up after the children. This was when, as a Team we would sit and look at what worked and what didn’t. Children constantly need, fresh, new challenges and the environment is there to scaffold the children into achieving these challenges. So I urge you to spend a bit of time regularly looking at your learning environment and seeing how to freshen up the challenge for your children.

#BrewEDEYLeeds – are you going?

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I’m rather excited about this latest Twitter storm, the concept of #BrewED has been around for a while. It’s about those in the education sector connecting over a cuppa and really getting to grips with the issues facing education.

Well this has now happened in Early Years thanks to a few forward thinking people and they are very much alive and kicking on Twitter, CLICK HERE TO JUMP TO TWITTER

However those clever souls at #BrewEDEYLeeds have gone one step further and have organised a one day gathering/conference with some brilliant topics. It’s just under £12 to attend this conference and at a price like that I couldn’t refuse – I’m signed and up and excited to go (it’s my first conference of 3 this year!)

If you would like to book a place to go, and who wouldn’t, then just CLICK HERE but be warned that places are selling out fast!

I have a guest blog post

I was honoured recently when the awesome Siân from Story Props asked me to write a blog post for her website. You can check it out, along with her amazing story telling items by clicking her logo below:

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