Inspiring a little curiosity

While we were out exploring our new locality we popped into Wilko’s and I spotted these lovely items.

I saw them and thought it’s a wonderful way of hiding little objects to inspire curiosity and imagination from the children. Can’t you just see them eager to explore each drawer or shelf and investigate the contents?

My new manager will be quite relieved I didn’t blow the budget and go shopping – just yet!

STEM in the early years

I was at a training today, I know it’s Saturday but it was well worth it!

I had the pleasure of listening to the effervescent and enthusiastic Niki Buchan speaking about how we can include and observe our children using STEM.

I have to be honest and say that my view of what STEM in the early years means and includes has been blown clean out of the water.

I think I’ve been making life difficult for myself for so long and yet when I think about loose part play which I love I’ve never really connected the two.

Niki also made me think about how we sometimes push children for a result when they’re not really come to a conclusion, or how we sometimes take over the thinking for the children and use Google to find the answer for them.

Can we use the question “what do you think it might be?”

I’m so excited to take this back to my new setting, I’ve even bought one of Niki’s books!!

It’s all go here!

As those of you who follow me regularly will know it’s been a manic week for me as we have just moved 400 miles south to York. It’s a beautiful part of the country but oh MY! The idea to move everything ourselves was hilarious! I have to admit I think it’s my fault that we needed the second van – I’ve just got way too much stuff!

Anyway we are here, mostly unpacked, and I’ve been in to meet everyone at my new workplace. I’m super excited to be joining this nursery.

Today though there is no rest for the wicked!

A bowl of frosted flakes is the breakfast of champions. This morning (yes, I know it’s Saturday!) i’m of to a training course on STEM in the Early Years run by Nikki Buchan and hosted by the York branch of Early Education. Really looking forward to this.

I’ll report back later!

I’m curious?

Saw this on Amazon tonight:

Why is this for boys?

Do girls not like sharks?

Is there such a thing as boys toys and girls’ toys?

#selfcaresunday – a walk and a hot chocolate

Today’s #selfcaresunday revolves around a rather beautiful, relaxing and sunny spring walk. Stopped halfway round for a hot chocolate with a cheeky shot of gingerbread syrup.

Delightfully relaxing!

What have you done for your #selfcaresunday ? #TMPearlyyears #practitionerscare #earlyyears #hygge #spring

The Big Mystery: Hint 3

This is probably the biggest hint of all, especially if you know what this beautiful place is called. Many years ago I climbed to the top and the views were spectacular.

The Big Mystery will be revealed tomorrow!