During one of my recent quality visits to a setting, I had lunch with the children.
One of the children stated that they are having mashed potatoes for lunch.
I replied: “Ooh, I was meant to have mashed potato for my dinner yesterday, in the hotel. Instead, I had sweet potato chips!”
Child: “Sweet potato?” With an unsure look on his face.
Me: “Can anyone tell me about sweet potatoes?”
Children: “No, we’ve never had them!”
I then went on to explain what a sweet potato is. What it looks like and how it is different to a white potato.
Me: “When I go out to the shops later, I will see if I can buy a sweet potato at a shop in the village.”
Member of staff: “Maybe next door to my dad’s shop you can buy a sweet potato?”
Off I went into the village and, surprise, surprise, I purchased the sweet potato!
I sat down with the children on my return and […]
It was a delight to lead a session on women in leadership for Tiger and the Inspiring Women in Leadership teams. This session was for mentors and mentees.
I donated my fee for this keynote to the Jermain Defoe Foundation, where I am an ambassador.
I was delighted to train 100 nanny students at the internationally renowned Norland College
We are back again, this year for My Family Week 2019!
Traditionally, we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, which may trigger for some children a sense that they don’t belong. My Family Week aims to celebrate all families, irrespective of a child’s circumstances including children with same-sex parents, those who are fostered, disabled, have step families or half brothers and sisters, are bereaved, blended, those who are adopted or who live with grandparents and other family members.
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I am excited to share my new book, on well-being, which I wrote in partnership with Ceeda.
“Staff consistently report high levels of support for well-being issues.” ~ Ofsted
Please click on this link to purchase: Well-being
This useful practical guide on well-being has a selection of free and cost-effective tips.
There’s a top tip for everyone – ideas including a selection of team building exercises, creating a positive workplace culture and keeping healthy.
This book is a must for your workplace library.
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 […]