Male Only Apprenticeship Cohort? Radical!

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:

https://www.leyf.org.uk/the-male-only-apprentice-group/

It surprised me and pleased me in equal measure. Finally somebody is doing something radical to increase the male practitioner population for Early Years.

June, I salute you!

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Exciting Journey Ahead – Our Hygge Adventure

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.

Check back for updates soon!

#BrewEDEYLeeds – are you going?

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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!

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

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:

#selfcaresunday

So this week it was a lovely, if chilly, walk in my village. Lots of daffodils on display.

#selfcaresunday #practitioners #relax #calming