Alicia Blanco-Bayo is an independent Early Years consultant, lecturer, researcher and writer. She began her teaching career in North Wales after completing her PGCE and subsequently taught in the BTEC National Diploma programme and also supported EAL students preparing for English examinations.
She has also served as head of primary at El Plantio International School in Spain and amongst her many achievements there, she implemented a literacy programme for EAL, put together an assessment and reporting system and created an area for 2-year-olds within the school.
In the UAE, she oversaw the development of the Department for Language, Communication and Reading.
Alicia has been an EYFS curriculum coordinator and pre-school manager for over five years at an independent school in Lancashire, where she has worked with an outstanding team of Early Years practitioners to create an observation and assessment system that is now used as a planning tool throughout the EYFS department.
Her research focus is human connections and how interactions have an impact on socio-emotional development. She has been a speaker at the Education Show and Optimus Education. Her research paper, Learning to Talk, Talking to Learn, was presented at the IAFOR Conference in July 2017 and published soon after.
She supports Nepal ECE and Bethel Baptist Academy in India where she has offered training and coaching to teachers and families. She writes a monthly article for Education Today magazine and is currently working on the analysis of the EYFS Profile 2018 Handbook as part of her PhD whilst she continues to offer guidance to families and Early Years professionals nationally and internationally.
In this podcast, Alicia shares her Early Years experience in working within a range of settings overseas. Alicia also discusses creating a department for language, communication and reading in the UAE. She also describes her setting’s unique approach to observation, assessment and planning, which has a positive impact on children’s learning and development. Additionally, Alicia enthusiastically shares information on her PhD studies.
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