Video enhanced reflective practice (VERP) has proved a winner at the George Perkins Nursery in Birmingham.

Learning through a lens

Reflective practice is core to early years provision, but all too often focuses on righting wrongs. Educational psychologist Anita Soni describes how video can help highlight the positives, and nursery manager Sarah Presswood explains why she finds it so valuable in her setting.

Deborah Lawson, general secretary Voice: the union for education professionals

An early years plan is also needed...

Brexit has paralysed the government, drawing the attention away from urgent issues, and while there has been much talk of the need for a 'plan B', the early years sector needs to have a plan full stop.

Take a look at the March issue of EYE

Want to keep up-to-date with the latest pedagogical research and ideas from the experts, be challenged in your thinking and innovative in your practice? Dip into this month’s pages for a taster of EYE’s in-depth, professional coverage.

Families who participated in the trial found the app helped them to stick to rules and boundaries

Social and emotional development is EasyPeasy

The EasyPeasy app engages families and children with game ideas and supports children’s social and emotional development and school readiness, according to a research trial. Sal McKeown explains.

Re-discover the soothing power of the lullaby

Lullabies not only support language development and later reading skills by encouraging children to listen carefully and anticipate, but also promote movement and coordination when used with accompanying actions.

Last year LEYF (pictured) won a Healthy Early Years London Gold award for its outstanding achievements in child wellbeing

Support your children to be healthy ‘Inside and out’

Children’s Mental Health Week, from 4 – 10 February, shines a spotlight on the vital role that early years practitioners play in ensuring children are supported to achieve wellbeing from the earliest possible age. Mental health charity Place2Be, is encouraging all practitioners, teachers, health professionals and parents to focus on mental health and share experiences and good practice.

Support children to make positive changes

Practitioners need to work with children to understand the reasons and factors behind their challenging behaviour and to help them fit into their social group without losing their individuality.

Does being 'cute' give children an advantage?

What makes children ‘cute’ and how do our perceptions influence our practice? It is important to reflect on this and ensure that each child we work with receives the same amount of attention, warmth and support.

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