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In Part 2 of this series of articles on Observations, Dr Helen Edwards offers open ended questions that can support your narrative observations in the Prime Areas of Learning.   


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Our recent survey of more than 200 early years practitioners and reception teachers showed that as we continue to teach and learn in the pandemic, parental engagement, communication, and the use of technology to support these, will be key.


The Lost Art of Climbing Trees

Admittedly, the slightly sensationalist title suggests that children don't climb trees anymore.  This is not actually the case.  There is a brilliant tree in my local park and children form an orderly queue to get their turn on it.  It's the per…

Breaking the ice with your SLT

Working with children can provide you with great challenges and joy every day. I have met many teachers who are confident to speak in front of a hall full of children but ask them to speak in front of their peers – other teachers or their SLT, an…

The Lost Art of Nursery Rhymes

Last November, during the campaign trail, Boris Johnson painfully mumbled his way through 'The Wheels on the Bus' while on a visit to a primary school. At the time my colleague Ben wrote a brilliant short piece in Nursery World about the fact …

Going Victorian

For this coffee break I wanted to talk about a topic I saw online which I found very interesting: Desks.

I know what you’re thinking. Desks? How can desks be interesting. Well, it’s all a matter of perspective. And, interestingly, it’s the ap

Back to Basics

Stephen Kilgour reflects on getting 'back to basics' in the way we approach observations and assessment. 

Although you might not believe it, and 5 minutes on social media would certainly encourage you to think otherwise, there have been some p<…

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As well as the content already mentioned about the new Development Matters, we have lots of other things for you too. Our articles this month come from Alistair Bryce-Clegg who writes about balancing new adaptation requirements with the good pract… read on, or browse our newsletters.
In this week's podcast, Jules and Helen are in conversation with Wendy Scott, President of TACTYC and early years representative on the board of NAPE. They discuss Froebel and how his philosophy has influenced Wendy’s work in early education, building relationships with families, starting with the child, and how the early years can transform lives.

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