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IN THIS ISSUE...
06 Opinion: Claire Kenyon
Early Years Equality protest the Government’s childcare policy.
24 Supporting service children
How early years settings can provide a protective space.
: ALEX DEVER
07 Opinion: Megan Jarvie
The Spring Budget: reasons for celebration and caution.
08 Opinion: David Wright
SEND and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan: ‘Right support, right place, right time’?
10 News analysis
‘What happened to the unique child?’
FOCUS 29 Active play and movement
Creating space for active play.
FEATURES 18 Bored out of our minds
How to use boredom constructively.
20 Transforming play
Using it to understand the world.
22 Sing a song of mathematics
Using songs to understand numbers.
26 COVID-19 Research
The impact on babies and families.
34 Using museum visits for CPD
Enhancing a community of practice and sense of belonging between staff.
37 What is Dyscalculia?
How it impacts learning and how to identify and support children with it.
REGULARS 12 Letters
Mental Health Awareness month.
13 Sector update
Where next for early years? Funding, affordability and the Budget.
40 Book reviews
Learning theories in early years and picture books for early readers.
42 Getting to know you
Shaping the future through art.
POSTER: Yoga in the early years
SUPPOTING CHILDRENS PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT WITH MOMENTS OF STILLNESS
PRACTICE INSIGHT S3 – Early years community corner A social media post earlier this month provoked my thinking about the rule often found in settings – the idea of ‘walking feet inside’.
S4 – An endless road...
Developing a strong understanding of your children is the foundation on which all best practice develops. This month’s play experience case study is evidence of that in my setting. A good number of our children have a love of all things relating to transport. I explore one way this interest has been harnessed in our provision.
S6 – Author spotlight
We are doing something a bit different this month. Here we share some social media accounts which can be used to find books covering an ever-increasing range of topics to explore with your children.
S7 – Student spotlight
Holly White shares her journey as a Level 5 Early Years Lead Practitioner apprentice at Apprenticeship Connect which resulted in her winning an impressive award.
S8 – Supporting families
Inspire baking at home with this modern and engaging home learning experience exploring the traditional tale of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ through the wonderful work of Clare Thompson.
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