Research: Lessons learnt?

The Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 claimed the lives of more than 50 million worldwide and robbed vast numbers of children of their futures. Richard Willis draws a comparison with coronavirus.

T Levels: Breadth and depth

Karen Hart talks to Daniel Brett, assistant principal at Bishop Burton College, in East Riding about uptake of the new T Level in Childcare and its potential to boost recruitment and professionalism in the sector.

Find something to make them smile…

Personal, social and emotional development is a key area of the EYFS and it begins with early years educators who have a positive attitude to their role. With this in mind Best Practice Network's Sian Marsh explains why mental health is a focus for Initial Teacher Training.

Opinion: From A to Zoom

June O'Sullivan's new book, The A-Z of Early Years, discusses a broad spectrum of hot topics in the sector and aims to encourage conversation and change. She explains what motivated her to write it and invites readers to take the future into their hands!

Inclusion: Stay on message

It's important to teach children from an early age that disabilities do not define a person and this can be supported in the setting with a matter-of-fact approach and diverse resources and books.

Getting to know you: Karen Clince

Tigers Childcare has just opened a vibrant new nursey in Elephant & Castle, in south London. It's chief executive Karen Clince talks about the importance of tuning into children's emotional states and giving them the reassurance they may need.

Provision: In a happy place

In this extract from her new book, Learning through Movement and Active Play in the Early Years, Tania Swift asks practitioners to consider the enabling environment in its emotional context and suggests ways to make it a positive space for all children.

Education for sustainability: New starting points

With all the pressures of the pandemic, it may be particularly difficult to make sustainable changes right now. But for those settings short on time and resources, there are still ways to embrace sustainability themes, says Hilary White.

Inspection: How to walk the talk

Jo Caswell provides advice on feeling confident about accompanying an Ofsted inspector on their ‘learning walk’ of the setting. Staff who have familiarised themselves with the Early Years Inspection Handbook will be in a strong position to communicate the strengths of their practice.

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