Communicating with children and interpreting their play and language requires skill and a sensitive approach. Therefore it gives me pleasure to have Sara Stanley, who supports children by using a philosophical approach, as my guest blogger
Sara is a registered level 1 SAPERE Trainer and National and International keynote speaker. She runs workshops, in service training and courses in Philosophy for Children (P4C) and enabling enquiry based classroom environments. She is also involved in long term projects working in Early Years settings in South African townships, working with Nali’Bali, PRAESA, the University of Cape Town and the DG Murray Trust.
“It could be said that children are at their most philosophical in their formative years. If you take Socrates’ provocation that “All I know is that I know nothing” then we see everything as new and puzzling. To a child the whole world is a new and strange place; a place where some things make perfect […]
New from Ofsted:
‘RIGHT from the start’ is a suite of six films showing examples of good practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Document showing, how settings can be evaluative when writing their SEF, rather than merely describing what they do and listing the resources they have in place.
London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) releases ‘The Twoness of Twos’ – a Report on the Leadership for Two Year Olds:
I am a firm believer that children deserve a holistic education, in which we educate their mind, body and soul.
The late great Nelson Mandela, famously quoted: ‘Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.’
With this in mind, I am therefore pleased to have Jane Evans as my guest blogger. Jane has built up a wealth of parenting and early-years knowledge throughout her career as a parenting worker for a domestic violence organisation, a respite foster carer, a childminder, a children’s practitioner in a family centre and a support worker in a child-protection team, whilst also working in and with schools and pre-schools.
She now uses this as the basis for her writing, speaking and the training she delivers on attachment in early years, on parenting and children affected by trauma ‘Tuning In To Children and Parenting Beyond Trauma’.
“I am passionate about Early Years, its where my […]
Putting the Quality Back into Qualifications!
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have been asked to produce my certificates for a provisional contract and as I looked through them I took a walk down memory lane.
One of my reflections was looking with pride at my Nursery Nursing Examination Board (NNEB) Nursery Nursing Certificate. How at the time completing and achieving this qualification meant so much to me! I still have the exam paper from 1989. If you would like a copy, please contact me.
I left school at 16 with hardly any qualifications. I was dyslexic and this condition was rarely picked up during the late seventies and early eighties. I always knew that I had a learning challenge; I only had this officially recognised six years ago.
When I left school I worked in a busy solicitors’ office, as a clerk typist, and enjoyed my […]
It’s time to step up our game: Promoting ‘Baby Love’
Guest Blogger: Catherine Rushforth: National Consultant and trainer in Safeguarding and Child Protection.
It is an exciting time in the early years’ sector. Key publications, point to us as those who will be instrumental in making the shift into new ways of working possible. Central to this change is way that we :
– recognise strong emotional attachment between very young children and their parents
– intervene early where we see that this attachment is shaky, perhaps inconsistent or appears to be missing completely.
In this blog I will run through why a strong attachment is so essential for children’s development, outline our professional role in assisting parents to build on this key relationship and make a call for all early years’ practitioners to upgrade their practice in this vitally important area.
We know from rapid development in neuroscience that a baby’s brain development is directly effected by the quality of […]
For a while now, I have been reflecting on what we in the sector mean by the term ‘positive relationships’ and its impact on interactions between children and practitioners. With this in mind, my thoughts are on whether we should change the term to ‘personal relationships’ and more importantly how we should look at personal relationships between the practitioner and child in our day-to-day practice?
For instance, I have a positive relationship with the staff in my local bank, but this is not a personal relationship. Indeed practitioners need to have a positive relationship with children in order for the relationship to be personal and meaningful. Time and time again, when carrying out my mock inspection visits, I observe practitioners having positive relationships with children, but not on a deeper personal level. If done on a superficial basis and as part of the daily routine, the relationship is one where it is routine led rather than […]