Supporting pupils with anxiety: Selected reading

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Teachers have a role to play in supporting children and adolescents to understand anxiety as part of the new RSHE curriculum, as well as needing to feel confident that they can support pupils with anxiety and recognise the impact it may have on the children they work with. This reading list collates articles and resources […]

Play-based learning in early childhood education

  This video follows childminding early education setting Bobbi’s Explorers, showing a small group of young children learning together through outdoor play. As you watch the video, notice how the practitioner creates opportunities for children to share their own ideas and interests, and values the responses they offer. Specifically:  consider how the practitioner uses the […]

Outdoor learning: Supporting early language and communication

  This video follows childminding early education setting Bobbi’s Explorers, showing a small group of young children learning together through outdoor play. As you watch the video, notice how the practitioner creates opportunities for children to share their own ideas and interests, and values the responses they offer. Specifically:  consider how the practitioner uses modelling, […]

Child-centred play and outdoor learning

  This video follows childminding early education setting Bobbi’s Explorers, showing a small group of young children learning together through outdoor play. As you watch the video, notice how the practitioner creates opportunities for children to share their own ideas and interests, and values the responses they offer. Specifically, notice how the practitioner creates time […]

Active learning in early childhood education

  This video shows practitioners supporting young children’s learning at Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre in east London, a maintained nursery school for children aged two, three and four. The setting works closely with parents and carers and is fully inclusive, with a number of places prioritised for children who have special educational needs […]

Guided play: Supporting and modelling effective communication

  This video shows practitioners supporting young children’s learning at Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre in east London, a maintained nursery school for children aged two, three and four. The setting works closely with parents and carers and is fully inclusive, with a number of places prioritised for children who have special educational needs […]

High-quality interactions and supporting young children with SEND

  This video shows practitioners supporting young children’s learning at Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre in east London, a maintained nursery school for children aged two, three and four. The setting works closely with parents and carers and is fully inclusive, with a number of places prioritised for children who have special educational needs […]

Why does professional learning matter in the early years sector?

Why does professional learning matter in the early years sector?  Following the launch of the Chartered College’s Early Childhood Hub, we are joined by early years experts to discuss the potential impact of professional learning on early years education and development.  Hear more about the resources available on the Hub to support early years practitioners. […]

Music in the classroom for children from birth to six

Una Shea, Founder, Our Montessori Melodies As educators, we find ourselves always looking for new ways to encourage the development of our students’ abilities and wellbeing. This is a challenge in itself, especially in times such as these, where unprecedented levels of stress are being reported worldwide (Racine et al., 2021). Including group creative experiences, […]

Supporting young children’s PSED through cookery

Dr Lucy Parker, Deputy Headteacher, Ludwick Nursery School, UK This case study focuses on the implementation of cookery as a core part of our Early Years curriculum and how it has developed into a learning experience that has had a significant impact on children’s personal, social and emotional development (PSED). Ludwick is a large, maintained […]

Exploring the contrasting professional development opportunities available for staff in private and voluntary Early Years settings

Natasha Crellin, Headteacher, The Hill Primary School, UK Introduction Retention of Early Years staff is a challenge for many Early Years settings, and recruitment and retention take a considerable amount of leadership capacity. There are many reasons why the sector faces retention challenges, including working conditions, pay and the demographic of people attracted to the […]

Working within a local context to support the Early Years workforce

Katherine Richards-Bryant, Early Education Lead, Reach Children’s Hub, UK An excellent education at an inclusive school is necessary but not always sufficient for young people to enjoy lives of choice and opportunity. With the awareness that many students require deeper and more wide-ranging support than a school can provide, the Reach Foundation developed the Reach […]

The principles for appropriate pedagogy in early mathematics: Exploration, apprenticeship and sense-making

Catherine Gripton, University of Nottingham, UK Helen J Williams, Freelance Education Consultant, UK Early mathematics pedagogy is about exploration, apprenticeship and sense-making. Exploration: Children and adults enjoy exploring mathematical ideas mentally and physically. Apprenticeship: Children learn through being mathematical with adults, learning mathematical words, ideas and behaviours from them Sense-making: Children make sense of their […]