December book reviews: Professional and picture books

Take a look at a review of Loose Parts and Beyond, which will leave you reflecting deeper into your own beliefs affecting your practice. The picture book reviews feature a varied selection, from construction and re-imagined classic stories to a step-by-step guide to textured hair.

Opinion: Only the beginning

The recent positive funding news have been long awaited by the sector, and are mostly well received. However, what is it that needs to be actioned now to ensure the sector gets the right targeted support out of the funding offered?

Alternative view: Time for a rethink

From private nurseries to public children's centres? In this thought-provoking article Professor Peter Moss addresses implications surrounding the acquisition of childcare settings.

New thinking: The Big Switch

The Covid pandemic has really reminded us of the value of connection between generations. We are increasingly aware that we all thrive when the health and wellbeing of everyone in the community is sensitively considered. This brief article challenges us to think deeper about how we encourage and advocate for such connection.

Focus: The current market

There continues to be strong demand for the purchase of high-quality childcare businesses, both in terms of new entrants and existing nursery operators with plans to expand their portfolios. Here we have a snapshot insight into the current market.

Focus: A time to invest?

The best route into the sector, expanding an existing childcare business and alternative sources of finance are some of the topics addressed in this article. As well as a critical look into: Is it always right to expand?

Curriculum: Beyond ‘snap-shot’ moments

More than just a framework: In this final article in the series, we look at how to capture the child's learning as they engage with the curriculum, moving beyond capturing ‘snap-shot’ moments.

Opinion: The spirit of collaboration

PACEY's efforts of collaborative work has demonstrated a shared commitment to support parents on their journey into work, through recruitment opportunities to the sector, navigation of a complex funding system, and challenging perceptions of childcare choices.

Opinion: We are (still) educators

The long-awaited Comprehensive Spending Review, originally due in 2020, arrived this autumn, and at long last the early years sector had the chance to formally put our case for increased investment to the Treasury.

SEND: Preparing for an outing

By law, early years settings must make it possible for every child to access all the facilities, resources and activities they offer, including off-site trips. A child cannot be excluded from a trip because they have a special educational need. This is the first article in the SEND outings series.

Pioneers: Four pioneers on play

Steiner, Kant, Dewey and Froebel are introduced in this article in regards to their lessons on play in early childhood settings. The four theorists are compared, outlining some of the common threads interwoven between them.

November book reviews: Professional and picture books

EYE's professional book review features a psychological health and wellbeing programme by the bestselling author: Professor Steve Peters. Plus take a look at the unique picture book reviews ranging from transient nursery rhymes and jingles, a valuable activity book supporting children's mental health and wellbeing, and a perfect quiet and cosy time story encouraging role play.

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