My first guest blog for 2014 is Dr. Jo Verrill, who is the Director at Ceeda. Dr. Jo started out life in academic research before founding an independent research agency in 1999; Jo has a passion for delivering research that makes a real difference for early years businesses. Ceeda specialises in customer and employee research for early years childcare providers, working with large national groups and small owner managed businesses across the country.
I passionately promote self-evaluation and reflective practice and, within this blog, Jo explains how carrying out parent and staff surveys can help you to continuously develop your provision.
“Putting families at the heart of your provision
Staff build relationships with families on a day to day basis as a fundamental part of high quality care. Whether it’s feeding back on the day or sharing information about children’s progress and development at home and in the setting, staff working at the grass roots rightly […]
It is always inspiring to hear of a setting delivering outstanding practice with their children and families. With this in mind I am pleased that Lotte Hunter, Operations Director of Building Blocks Nurseries in Wimbledon, has shared her setting’s stance on how to promote positive attachments between child and Educator during the settling-in period.
“A year and a half ago I attended a conference on attachment which inspired me to review our procedures. Forming secure attachments within the nursery is important for a variety of reasons:
When a child feels secure he or she is able to freely and openly engage both with activities and with others in the environment.
Strong attachments during childhood help form ‘attachment models’ in the brain that are called upon when children enter into relationships later in life. These models form the basis of a self-identity of someone who is loveable and worthy of care.
Our settling-in used to take place within the […]
I am very excited to share that I will be leading a training session at the world renowned Chelsea Open Air Nursery School.
Delegates will have the opportunity to have a tour of the amazing learning environment at Chelsea Open Air Nursery.
Image copyright Chelsea Open Air Nursery
Building Parent Partnerships and Championing the Home Learning Environment
Share research about the benefits for the child of positive parent partnerships and a strong home learning environment
Ways to support families to understand that they play a vital role in their child’s education
Listening to parents and valuing their voices
Links to EYFS as it is now a crucial part of the curriculum
What do we currently do? What could we do? How can we promote it? How can we make it meaningful?
Date: Monday 6th January 2014
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Investment: ONLY £30:00 per person!
Places are limited, so please book […]
On Thursday night I had the pleasure of attending the Margaret Horn lecture (United World, Entrepreneurial Leaders) which was hosted by LEYF. In brief Margret Horn, was the founder of LEYF when it was then called the ‘Westminster Health Society’.
June O’Sullivan, CEO of LEYF, eloquently chaired the evening.
It was an inspiring event and I listened attentively to three key note speakers; Greg Kyle-Langley who shared his insight on One Young World, an organisation that brings together the young people from around the world, Tom Sweetman, from Sticky Board, shared his dedication on bringing local communities together and finally Paul Spinks, a Manager from Bright Horizons and co-Chair of the London Men in Childcare. Paul spoke passionately about the importance and challenges of men working with young children within early […]
I delivered an inset day training session recently to a nursery group. The session was called: ‘Are you listening to me? Really, listening to me?’ In short, looking how educators need to be tuned into children in order to effectively support them with their learning and development.
One of the delegates, who I know from previous training and who follows me on Twitter, said: ‘Laura, I know your son works for Arsenal. What does he do? Love Thierry Henry, best player Arsenal had. If your son ever meets him, please ask for a photograph and autograph!’
I then burst out into The Thierry Henry song. I am an Arsenal supporter as well and I remember going to a game and singing the ‘Thierry song’, loud and clear with the rest of the fans!
She then went on to say how a child in the nursery was an Arsenal supporter and that […]
It’s a great pleasure to have James Hempsall returning as my guest blogger. In this blog, James gives an update on the Government’s ‘Achieving Two Year Olds’ incentive. James is Director at Hempsall’s and is the National Support Director/Central Region Lead regarding the provision of support for ‘Achieving Two Years Olds’ to local authorities.
“Achieving Two Year Olds: the statutory duty comes into force – an opportunity for providers to develop new provision to reach the least advantaged two year olds and their families.
Now seems a great opportunity to update everyone on two year olds. September 2013 saw the statutory duty on local authorities to provide up to 15 hours per week of early learning for the 20% least advantaged two year olds. We are pleased to report progress has been growing steadily over the past 12 months. Local authority confidence in delivery has been high overall for 2013 and this is reflected […]
It is my absolute pleasure to have Dame Tessa Jowell, MP, as my guest blogger, especially as the topic and petition on promoting early childhood development is very close to my heart and I am an advocate for this campaign. Dame Jowell’s petition mirrors the World Forum in Early Care and Education support of the Millennium Development Goals. They are aiming to have the Millennium Development Goals featured at their International Conference in Puerto Rico, May 2014.
Dame Jowell writes:
“In July I travelled to Malawi with Ivan Lewis, MP, Labour’s International Development spokesman to learn about how early childhood development programmes were delivered in countries that lack the resources we have in the UK.
Whilst we were there we visited the Chilomoni Resource Centre run by the international NGO […]
I am pleased to be the expert guest on ‘Women Like Us’, the multi-award-winning social enterprise that provides career advice and support to women and works to build a better future for working parents.
Please feel free to share this link with your parents if they have any questions on work life balance, childcare issues and looking for a school, etc.
Remember that sharing with parents links into your ongoing commitment to parents as partners and compliments the EYFS 2012: ‘how parents can access more information.’
I look forward to hearing from your parents.
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One of my key times within early years has been attending the World Forum on Early Care and Education events which take place at different locations around the world every few years.
The next said conference will be in San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 6th – 9th 2014.
Of all the conferences that I have attended, I have found the World Forum to be the most profound, informative and inspirational, with a massive positive impact on my practice. Listening to the world renowned Professor Stuart Shanker, bespoke presentation on brain development, and Professor Lillian Katz’s talks regarding her lifelong commitment to early childhood education were truly inspirational. Oh, and by the way, Lillian and I made the connection that we both attended Oxford Gardens, Primary School, in Kensington, London! To be able to share ideas and connect with colleagues regarding their early years practice is indeed a privilege. I’ve met colleagues from India, Nigeria and Australia, to […]
On Twitter I follow Huffington Post Parents and I read a tweet with the introduction, ‘Parents of a 7yr old boy in a wheelchair were shocked when they saw his class picture…’ With such a headline I had to click to read the article in full. Please read the article to get the background information on this story.
Like most people reading this, I was shocked by this story and then reflected on a few points.
The mother said the image was discriminatory. The father’s view was that although it was upsetting and hurtful the photographer and/or school did not intentionally discriminate against their son.
The photograph was retaken and this time Miles was sat on the bench with his peers. An expert on disability found this to still show a lack of awareness of Miles, as the wheelchair is part of him. Miles’s father commented that when he […]