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Early Years - Are You Ready For Your Inspection?

As the new school term begins and children of all ages get back into the routines with their childcare providers, Vanessa Dooley – Founder of Jigsaw Early Years  Consulting – is celebrating after becoming a No.1 best-selling author.

In just four hours after its release, her debut book written for early years practitioners Are You Ready For Your Inspection was riding high on Amazon in the categories of Preschool & Nursery Books, Education Policy Books and Education Theory Books – overtaking two New York Times Bestselling Authors; Wendy Mogal and Education and Creativity Expert Sir Ken Robinson to take the number one spot.  An ex-OfSTED inspector, Hampshire-based Vanessa is now hoping that instead of being feared by many working in early years settings, she will now be turned to as someone who can offer support, having shared her years of wisdom, knowledge and expertise to fill the gap she believes exists for nursery owners.

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Alistair Bryce-Clegg, Educational Consultant, Bloomsbury Early Years

Bloomsbury Education has launched Bloomsbury Early Years, a subscription website for Early Years Practitioners. 

With over 2,000 activities, written by trusted authors and linked to the EYFS and Development Matters, Bloomsbury Early Years aims to ease the burden of planning, save time and help practitioners to inspire the children in their care. 

The activities on Bloomsbury Early Years are easily searchable by topic, curriculum objective, age or time of year, which means that those working with children from 0-5 in settings and at home can filter the website by early learning goals or ensure that they are clearly linking to curriculum and Ofsted requirements.

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Makerspaces teachers experiment

JoslynAdcockfrom LEGO Education on how we can encourage EYFS children to be creative through the use of "makerspaces" using the famous, brightly colouredbuilding blocks...

Currently, we’re seeing a push for effective ways to encourage creativity and innovation in the classroom. With fast-paced changes in technology, the future workforce is certainly unpredictable, making it ever more important for children to be prepared for whatever lies ahead. Therefore, equipping them with foundational knowledge and key skills from an early age will mean that they are able to use their talents and apply themselves to any field of work.

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Never Too Young To Grieve boy looking out of window

A book called Never Too Young To Grieve has been launched for EYFSstaff to support bereaved children under the age of five. 

The initiative is a partnership between childhood bereavement charity Winston’s Wish and leading childcare provider Busy Bees. 

Never Too Young To Grieve targets individuals and professionals who support young children during and after the loss of a parent or carer. It draws on the 25 years’ experience of Winston’s Wish supporting bereaved children, young people and their families. The book offers information, guidance and activities specifically to support the ‘forgotten mourner’ generation, often left behind in the grieving process.

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autism eyfs blocks

An internationally successful autism programme for children aged 18-40 months is launching in the UK. The USA's early autism intervention programme, Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), is being launched by the Re:Cognition Health clinic.

Hailed as one of the top 10 medical breakthroughs in 2012, ESDM is a play-based therapy that has rapidly been adopted in the USA, Canada, Australia and France as an effective method for treating toddlers with autism. Several published studies have shown evidence of improvements in cognitive skills and IQ, language and social behaviour of young children who have received early treatment with the ESDM programme.

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children bikes

Pedal power to London nursery children with donation of 56 bikes to help tackle the capital’s obesity epidemic, One in five children in the UK start school either overweight or obese. Bikeworks donates 56 bikes to London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) to get nursery children active.

June O’Sullivan MBE warns of ‘absolute crisis’ in nurseries with some children unable to cross their legs due to being overweight.

Call for London Mayor to give every London child access to a bike whilst at nursery to help curb the Capital’s escalating childhood obesity epidemic

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headstart refurb reading

A whole-school refurb meant that privately-owned nursery Headstart was in for a complete change. Not only did the setting get a makeover, but the work also meant moving rooms within the school building. We asked how manager Alison Davies and her team coped with the alterations, and how they feel about their new setting now the dust has settled…

What was your setting like before the refurb and what was on your wish list of improvements?

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shared reading willow tree cat and dog cover

A new imprint of children’s books has been released with the focus on accessible, loved and trusted stories ideal for shared reading with adults.

Willow Tree’s Picture Story books and chapter fiction stories are all designed to generate a love of reading. They have launched a range of adorable animals which have adventures, work through squabbles and welcome new family members.

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early years technology touch table

Early years technology has a crucial role in helping children to understand how to work as a team, understand roles and responsibilities and engage with learning; building a solid foundation between nursery and primary school. Here, Carl Sheen, former teacher and head of training and development at Genee World looks at how early years technology can help build skills among pre-schoolers…

Nursery pupils are at a crucial time in their lives, where hands-on exploration of their surroundings to build physical skills is just as important as mental exploration and imagination are to communication skills.

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