Open Ended Play with Nursery Nook

I totally meant to write about this last week but you know how life runs away with you?

Well last week we were delighted to welcome James Tunnell from Nursery Nook into our setting for a twilight session talking about loose parts and open ended play. James has an utter passion for this and it showed in his enthusiasm and eagerness to share his knowledge and experience with us, I sort of rate it a kid in a sweet shop type enthusiasm!

There was an opportunity to play with a huge variety of loose parts (James really needs a bigger car!) but, genuinely, I could have sat and listened to him all night long.

If you are in the wider Yorkshire area and would like to book him then visit his website:

www.nurserynook.co.uk

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!

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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Room Leaders – Skills and Qualities?

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 hello@tmpearlyyears.co.uk

 

Thanks!

Exciting News!

In case you’re wondering where I am well I’ve been working on a few exciting things. One of them I can’t reveal just now but the other is this  . . .

TMP Storytelling Course

I’ve almost finished developing my first face to face training course for delivery. Details of when and where and how to book will be on the website later this year so keep an eye out.