This edition of EYE follows the ruling from the inquest into Ruth Perry's tragic death; that her school's Ofsted inspection was a contributing factor in her subsequent suicide last January. Helen Osgood from Community union calls for urgent reform to Ofsted, sharing ways to create a better system for education settings and children.
The cost of living crisis is continuing to squeeze everyone's budgets. Sarah Hardwell, nursery director for Little Peanuts Day Nursery and Forest School in York, discusses all things procurement when setting up her nursery, and shares tips for how settings can make the most of this process to maximise savings without compromising on quality.
Melanie Evans, Education and Wellbeing officer at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, shares more about a project which gave children under 5 and their families opportunities to explore local green spaces, reserves and parks. The project was supported by Spurgeons Children's Centres and combined the play-based and child-centred ethos of Forest School, with the compassion and connection promoted through the communication style of Spurgeons' Five to Thrive approach.
Richard Willis, visiting professor at the University of South Wales, reviews a book containing activities to help early years professionals work with young children who are neurodivergent. Meg Barclay, educational consultant and early years reviewer for the School Library Association, reviews picture books which support children who are about to become siblings for the first time, help children understand emotions in overwhelming situations and introduce them to animals living in different parts...
Richard Willis, visiting professor at the University of South Wales, traces Froebel's visit to Switzerland between 1831 and 1836 where his educational ideas and theories developed, and discusses their impact on early years education today.
Following some recent nursery renovation projects, Alex Raher, director of Delve Architects, discusses the thinking behind some of the design decisions to maximise the potential of each space. He also addresses some of the current issues affecting nursery expansion and renovation.
Nurseries can play a vital role in supporting community cohesion by enabling meaningful connection between diverse children and families. In this article, Dr Mona Sakr, associate professor of Early Childhood at Middlesex University, explores why nurseries need to be recognised as key players in community integration and how they can practically help foster connections in the local community.
Getting to know you: ‘Provide real life activities that open their eyes and make connections in the brain’
Charlotte Greeno, childminder at Among The Leaves Childminding, discusses the importance of providing real life activities to children, to broaden their horizons and help them handle situations and have confidence in themselves when on their own. She won Childminder of the Year at the Nursery World Awards 2023.
The Government published its response at the end of October 2023 to its own consultation on the proposed changes to requirements in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which ran from May to July 2023. Claire Kenyon, co-founder of Early Years Equality and director of Busy Lizzie's Nursery in Chichester, shares her opinion about what has been proposed.
Helen Osgood, national officer for Education and Early Years at Community union, responds to the ruling from the inquest into Ruth Perry's tragic death that the Ofsted inspection at her school had been a contributing factor in her subsequent suicide a year ago. Helen shares her thoughts on ways Ofsted could be reformed to create a better system for education settings and children.
Dr Glenda Walsh, head of Early Years Education and assistant director of the Centre for Research in Educational Underachievement at Stranmillis University College, outlines the many benefits play brings and argues that young children should be encouraged to play more.
Covid-19 pandemic: Attending early education during the pandemic provided sustained benefits for toddlers' development
New research shows that attending early childhood education and care (ECEC) during the pandemic boosted preschoolers' learning and preparedness for school, with greater gains made by children from less advantaged backgrounds. With further support, ECEC can play a critical role in developing skills in children born during the pandemic and levelling socioeconomic inequalities. Catherine Davies, professor of Language Development at the University of Leeds, explains more.
Do you have something to share, reflect on or provoke thinking around? Write to the editor. Meg Barclay, educational consultant and trainer, shares her thoughts on the importance of giving children more time to explore activities in order to enhance and expand the learning, rather than focusing on the outcomes.