Delighted to be working with Tiney as their Early Years expert in residence:
“At tiney we want to help children feel safe, valued and loved in their early years. We want families to have access to high quality childcare that works for them and is designed using evidence and research from around the world. We want tiney to accelerate children’s development in family-style homes through play and learning. And, we want to build a vibrant community of tiney homes, run by founders who can impact their local neighbourhoods, cities and beyond.”
Our inspiring colleague Hibo will be speaking again at the Early Years event of the year!
Hibo is a global campaigner in FGM.
Even more exciting delegates will have the opportunity to purchase Hibo’s bestselling book, Cut and of course Hibo will personally sign! If you have already purchased Hibo’s book please bring along and she will sign for you.
Why not book a place on the conference, via this link?
I was delighted that Gill Jones and Wendy Ratcliff were able to discuss and share the new Ofsted framework via the Early Years Leaders podcast, where we had a conversation on intent, implement and impact.
On my travels, either when I am training or delivering consultancy, educators are asking me what this means and what they need to do.
Wendy Ratcliff has stated:
“The EYFS (educational programmes) provides the curriculum framework that leaders build on to decide what they intend children to learn and develop.
Leaders and practitioners decide how they will implement the curriculum so that children make progress in the seven areas of learning – we will keep our definition of ‘teaching’.
Leaders and practitioners evaluate the impact of the curriculum by checking what children know and can do. “
Wendy Ratcliff, HMI in Early Years, Ofsted, 4 January 2019 – PACEY
In short, this means that as a setting, leaders need to decide what is right for them. My starting point as a reflection […]
It was an honour to write this booklet for parents for Penguin and Ladybird publishers.
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I have updated the free resource on Ofsted Descriptors to reflect the new framework. There is a useful reflective and impact document that settings can complete as a team and useful links to support your practice. Click here to download this valuable resource.
This resource is free, however, I ask that you consider making a contribution to the Jermain Defoe Foundation, a charity that I am an ambassador for.
“The Jermain Defoe Foundation was founded in 2013 by England footballer Jermain Defoe to support homeless, vulnerable and abused children in his family’s home country of St Lucia. Jermain’s grandparents came from the Caribbean island and he has been visiting every year since he was a young child. St Lucia is well known as a paradise holiday destination but little is heard of the poverty and abuse suffered by children there. Since the launch of The Jermain Defoe Foundation, we have expanded our cause […]
Happy to share my new work Instagram page.
Please follow, I will be sharing everything Early Years, education and parenting.
I’m delighted to welcome back Gill Jones and Wendy Ratcliff from Ofsted to record this special Early Years Leaders Podcast, in partnership with Blossom Educational.
We discuss the new Education Inspection Framework, with a focus on Ofsted’s rationale for the term cultural capital and what inspectors will be looking for in practice. Gill and Wendy give an overview of intent, implementation and impact. The new framework places emphasis on observation and discussion with educators and Gill and Wendy share examples of what inspectors will focus on.
I watched with emotion this clip from BBC Family & Education on Facebook.
In brief, six-year-old Bodhi, who is autistic, showed delight every time he walked past the large cuddly gorilla. The gorilla unfortunately disappeared and its owner, Jason, searched for another one and Bodhi was delighted again.
This story reminds me of my eldest son, Rian, who as some of you know is on the autistic spectrum. When he was younger and attended a local pre-school, his behaviour was ‘a cause for concern’. This was before his diagnosis. Rian’s ‘thing’ was Thomas the Tank Engine, and I have since been told that some autistic children love Thomas.
On entering the pre-school each morning, Mary used to hand Rian the Thomas train from the shelf. This made Rian feel that he belonged and grounded him.
Mary sadly died of cancer a few years ago, but I will never forget the kindness that she showed my son.
On my […]
I am delighted to be speaking at the GESS Show in Dubai again on Wednesday 28th February. Please click on the link for more information: GESS
In addition, for the second time it is an honour to be asked to be a judge at the GESS Awards, which takes place at the same time.
An article in the Sunday Times caught my eye, written by their education correspondent, Sian Griffiths, under the headline, ‘Stressed heads exclude children as young as three.’ Sian subsequently tweeted, “I found this an upsetting story to write.”
In short, more children under the age of seven are being excluded according to figures quoted from the Office for National Statistics this month, indicating a rise in the number of exclusions involving primary-aged children. In her article, Sian also mentions a documentary that will be screened on Channel 4 on Tuesday 25th July – Excluded at Seven.
This doesn’t surprise me, but only further saddens me that children are excluded from school. Exclusion only adds to their trauma/anxiety and doesn’t help to give them the tools to self-regulate their behaviour and emotions. Imagine what it must feel like for these children’s self-esteem and self-worth to be excluded at such a young […]