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!


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?

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A little provocation while out shopping!

Just ask anyone who knows me, while out shopping I’m prone to viewing items in the store from a practitioner point of view. I often see things with a purpose not normally intended by the manufacturer. For instance, just a short while ago I was in TK Maxx and saw these two items on the shelves:

The map covered chest just had me agog. What a great idea for a provocation of the world or travel or holidays – so many possibilities!

The other box just looked so exciting and colourful, just perfect for creating that exciting anticipation that ignites curiosity from children by the bucket load!

I think shopping is a wonderful thing when you go out with an open mind and wide open eyes.