What I think Cultural Capital is.

This is my view on what Cultural Capital means for early years settings.

As I said, this is my view. You may have your own interpretation.

Whatever your view on Cultural Capital, just remember to feed those curious minds!

A little bit of Hygge everyday!

I was very fortunate today, I got to meet one of my lovely Early Years enthusiasts. Kimberley Smith is the Founder of KSEY Consultancy, the International Hub for Early Years Teaching and the driving force behind the Hygge in the Early Years movement.

I attended her Hygge Live event in Leeds this morning and it was a joyous and inspirational few hours which reminded us all to look after ourselves as well as the children (one of the prinicipal reasons I started the #selfcaresunday posts on my social media channels)

If you haven’t discovered this ethos and pedagogy yet I urge you to pop along to www.hyggeintheearlyyears.co.uk now and find out more.

Thanks for my gorgeous Hygge Journal too Kimberly!

You can purchase one for yourself just by visiting Kimberly’s website at www.hyggeintheearlyyears.co.uk

This week on Early Years TV . . .

. . .¬† it’s ME!

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If you remember a short while ago I had the pleasure of talking to the legend that is Kathy Brodie about my specialist subject – storytelling. Well, you can watch it too by clicking the link below:

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Room Leaders – Skills and Qualities?

As you may have seen from a previous post I’m working on a downloadable resource pack for Room Leaders. This is quite a tricky post for people who are new to it and possibly one that isn’t supported as much as it could be.

I’m going to be working on a face to face training package to support newbie Room Leaders and would like your input!

  • What do you see as essential skills and qualities of a Room Leader?
  • What support do you feel a new Room Leader needs?
  • Do you feel a Room Leader clearly understands their role and responsibilities?

 

If you can give me your views on this and anything else you feel a new Room Leader needs to know then please get in touch. My email is hello@tmpearlyyears.co.uk

 

Thanks!

Kathy Brodie’s Early Years TV

I’m rather excited! Earlier this week I had the tremendous privilege of being interviewed by the awesome Kathy Brodie for Early Years TV. I got to talk about my favourite subjec – storytelling!

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My interview is scheduled for broadcast for one week from the 9th August. You can watch it for longer if you take out a subscription which also gives you unlimited access to the full Early Years TV library. To visit the website and take up a subscription click the logo below:EYTVLogo

 

Transient Art

We’ve been busy this week in my setting. On Monday the children came in to find lots of beans, lentils and other dried pulses on the tuff tray.

Using a picture of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, as well as some real ones, we left it up to the children’s imaginations to create the rest!

This isn’t the first time I’ve used Transient Art. Here’s some pictures of a training sessions about it I attended in 2018.

The Care Inspectorate in Scotland have produced a very useful toolkit called “Our Creative Journey” which gives some hints towards using Transient Art as a child led experience. You can find that here:

Storytelling Den

Out for a walk in York today and went into the Museum gardens (due to go to the York Proms there next month) and whilst walking about saw this beautiful use of nature to create such a gorgeous and inviting storytelling den.