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:
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.
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.
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!
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!
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org