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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Book Review: Looking for Learning – Provocations

There are a large number of books for Early Years Practitioners out on the market, there’s only a handful that are “MUST HAVE” books and this is one of them!

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This delightful book by Laura England (AKA Little Miss Early Years) is just perfect in walking you through the whole process of setting and using Provocations in the children’s learning, you could call it a step by step guide.

It starts by looking at the theories behind Provocations and some of the well know theorists, such as Bruner, Vygotsky and Piaget, whose work has been influential in the use of provocations. The whole book is so easy to digest and can be picked up and read in little pieces or read on a car journey from York to Newcastle (that’s what I did – I wasn’t driving by the way!)

The books takes you through a journey into all aspects of our daily working routine from the 7 areas of learning to the Characteristics of Effective Learning alongside Continuous Provision. There are clear explanations and beautiful photos to really inspire your practice without filling you with a fear you will need to rush off to IKEA and spend a fortune on a heap of new resources.

Provocations are a part of our every day routine and this book really helps to bring it to life – I’m so glad I have my copy, have you got yours?

www.littlemissearlyyears.co.uk

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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