Personal, social and emotional development

Cross curricular: Wrap up!

'There's no such thing as bad weather – just inappropriate clothing,' as the saying goes. Use children’s colourful winter clothing as a link to many areas of learning.

Physical development: Full of beans

Beanbags are easy for young children to hold, catch and throw. They can be visually pleasing, tactile and can have the added element of weight, smell and sound. Jenni Clarke shares some simple, fun and increasingly challenging physical activities to share with young children.

Personal social and emotional development: A day with Elmer

The creator of Elmer, the famous patchwork elephant, is David McKee, writer and illustrator. Judith Harries looks at how to explore his books which are renowned for tackling issues such as cultural differences, acceptance of others, and how to form positive relationships.

Living the moment

Discover how a new resource is helping pre-schoolers to develop a passion for the past with an audio experience that transports them to momentous events such as the Great Fire of London.

Grab a pumpkin and have fun on Halloween!

Discover how this spooky celebration can provide an exciting springboard for children's creative activities, including artworks, story-telling, role-play and lots of fun with friends.

Get to know Percy

This month Nick Butterworth is in the spotlight. Use his books to support children to make connections with others, learning to share their thoughts and ideas about family and trips out of the setting.

Caring for baby

Kate Williams outlines ideas for role-play with a baby doll, to encourage boys and girls to develop empathy and begin to understand the needs of a real baby. Observe how they engage with caring.

Marvellously messy!

Don’t be surprised if your child comes home from pre-school looking a little grubby. They will have been exploring messy play, an activity which is all about tactile exploration, says Annette Rawstrone.

PSED: Bedtime blues

Share Jill Murphy’s wonderful books – including Peace at Last – to explore ideas of being sensitive to the feelings of others. Observe how they take turns and listen to each other’s ideas.

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.

Time to enjoy your vegetables

Helping to grow, harvest, cook and eat their own vegetables contributes to healthy lifestyles for children, but vegetables can also provide many other opportunities for play and learning.

Whatever the weather we play

There is one thing you can predict about a British summer, it is completely unpredictable! But as we know, with the right assortment of clothes, we go outside come rain or shine.

Happy holidays are here again

Welcome to summer – a time for the older children to relax without school, for families to go on holiday and for childminders to enjoy some freedom without normal daily routines.

Preparing for transition to school

We hear a great deal about children being ‘school ready’, which sounds like something both very definitive and well documented, but what does this mean for childminders?

Curl up in a cosy place to sleep

Sleeping deeply through the night contributes to good health and wellbeing. Young children need to be able to take naps in safe and comfortable spaces during the day.

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.

The autistic spectrum

It is a term that we hear regularly these days, but do we know what it really means, what range of behaviours it covers, and what we should look out for in the children in our care?

Support autistic children

It is a term that we hear regularly, but do we know what it really means, what range of behaviours it covers, and what we should look out for in children? Part two of our series.

It’s fantastic weather for a party

As we move into June our planning will take advantage of warmer days and opportunities this affords for being outside more. A teddy bear’s picnic can involve children of all ages.

Z is for Zygomaticus muscles...

This month, we continue our series that takes the form of an extended alphabetical adventure around the body, helping children to get to know themselves a little better.

Marvellously messy!

Don’t be surprised if your child comes home from pre-school looking a little grubby. They will have been exploring messy play, an activity which is all about tactile exploration, says Annette Rawstrone.

Bedtime blues

Share Jill Murphy’s wonderful books – including Peace at Last – to explore ideas of being sensitive to the feelings of others. Observe how they take turns and listen to each other’s ideas.

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