Mathematics

Make it a week of well-being!

This celebratory week is well underway but there is still time to make well-being a focus in your setting, and join the conversation with other nurseries and pre-schools.

Autumn leaves – try these five creative activities!

Autumn leaves are a key sign of the changing seasons and make a colourful, accessible and versatile resource for play and exploration. The beauty of them is that at this time of the year they are available in abundance – and completely free.

Well-rounded approach can overcome barriers

Would you like to provide a place for a child with a medical condition, but worry that you don’t have the resources to support them? Paediatric nurse Anna Howard-Price suggests ways to address key issues.

Impetus for learning

If you are a potential entrepreneur with an idea for an early years educational technology product or service we want to hear from you, says Rose Luckin, director of innovation project, EDUCATE.

Level 2: On solid ground

Plans are being developed to overhaul Level 2 qualifications to ensure they better reflect the level of skills and knowledge that today’s employers require. Karen Hart discovers why a Level 2 starting point is still required.

Making sure everyone is on the same page

Whether you are a manager or a team member it is important to have a shared understanding of how your setting is working towards the best outcomes for children. It is this which provides a context for your goals.

Dealing with diabetes

A child with diabetes should be able to attend nursery in the same way as any other but your setting will need at least two members of staff on hand who are trained to administer insulin and check blood sugar levels.

It’s exciting on the edge

Following where children want to go is one of the most effective ways of extending their learning. Jenny Barber considers the key strategies that provide a balance between independence and support.

Time to strengthen the role of the SENCO

Specialist paediatric nurse and trainer, Anna Howard-Price, flags up why the development of a new national award for early years SENCOs is long overdue and has the potential to give a huge boost to inclusivity.

All set for a home win

Karen Faux finds out how a new app is reaching parents to help them support their children’s language and communication skills at home. It can also be used by early years practitioners as part of an outreach strategy.

Do revisions focus on what really matters?

The process of revising the existing EYFS Early Learning Goals has begun with a pilot rolling out in September. While the aims are laudable, some are questioning the validity of the changes.

Developing the ability to sound the right note

In this new three-part series Hilary White kicks off by exploring the meaning of the term self-regulation in the context of modern pedagogy and research, and how reflective practice is needed to support it.

Providing a ‘secure hub’

What should practitioners begin to think about when a two-year-old in their care is diagnosed with a muscular degenerative condition? Joelle Bergin suggests a practical approach that supports the child, family and staff.

‘We have a duty of care’

Research from the Pre-School Learning Alliance suggests that the mental health of the workforce is not in a good place. June O’Sullivan, chief executive of LEYF, explores the implications and possible solutions.

Plant some number ideas

Sal McKeown discovers how digital program Mathseeds is putting the fun into the learning and practising of key mathematical concepts at a London primary, and why teachers find it an easy resource to navigate.

GDPR: the next steps

The fourth instalment in our look at the General Data Protection Regulations, that came into force in May, looks at the steps involved in being compliant now and in the future.

The songs of knowing

Continuing our exploration of the prime and specific areas of learning, this month we focus on communication and language and how we can support these in childminding settings.

Your frequent questions

The last instalment in our look at the General Data Protection Regulations, that came into force earlier in May, looks at the steps involved in being compliant now and in the future.

PSED: supporting children

Continuing our exploration of the prime and specific areas of learning, this month we focus on personal, social, emotional development and how we can support these in our settings.

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