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‘Keeping quality of learning centre stage’

Eunice Lumsden, head of Early Years at the University of Northampton, explains how clear communication, human compassion, empathy and speaking to people in person rather than by email, has taken on new importance in the virtual world in which we find ourselves.

Tips for managing money if you have been furloughed

Many nurseries are now taking advantage of the Government’s scheme to protect cash and ensure the longevity of their business until social distancing restrictions can be lifted. Tax and advisory firm Blick Rothenberg has advice on how furloughed employees can make their money work best for them.

Consider the adult’s role in play

Revisit the centrality of play in children’s learning and development by reflecting on the influence of the adult role and how it might support children’s creative preferences.

Focus: Grasping the dynamics of creative play

Lorna Arnott and Pauline Duncan urge us to see play as a ‘multi-faceted, dynamic endeavour, which evolves alongside society, thinking and cultures’. Their fascinating research suggests ways practitioners can support creative play in the setting, within a vibrant pedagogical culture.

EYFS reforms: Our ‘non negotiables’

Di Chilvers invites practitioners to reflect on what really matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage and emphasises that the essentials of existing best practice must be retained in the face of change.

Things to do on a rainy afternoon

A rainy day in doors doesn’t have to mean a day stuck in front of the TV or computer. There are lots of activities to keep children occupied – and still learning. Painting, baking, and other arts and crafts are just some of the great ways to boost their creativity. Here are some activities that are perfect for wet weather days.

Wash, wash, your hands!

The coronavirus has highlighted the importance of washing our hands to help prevent illness. Here are some activities linked to the EYFS which will inform children about why it is essential to regularly wash their hands, giving them the skills to do this effectively.

Education for sustainability: Agents of change

In the first of a three part series, Hilary White explains how children's rights are key to integrating sustainability into your practice and how early learning can be the foundation for a healthy world.

Best practice: Where progress begins

Find out how practitioners who have undertaken the Early Years Initial Teacher Training programme have the skills and knowledge to maximise all children's progress in language and communication.

EYFS reforms: Keep on moving

In the first of three articles weighing the proposed changes to the EYFS, Sue Allingham digs deep into the importance of understanding the vital link between physical and intellectual development.

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