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July 14, 2019

Each week I will give you an idea for an activity that I have used in my Forest School sessions. I will try to link it to the EYFS (2014) and schematic play if appropriate.

This week I tried making Stick Men.

Intent

Within the nursery, the children have access to the Stic...

July 8, 2019

Each week I will give you an idea for an activity that I have used in my Forest School sessions. I will try to link it to the EYFS (2014) and schematic play if appropriate.

This week I tried a Rainbow Mandala.

Intent

In a previous session, the children took part in a Rain...

June 30, 2019

Each week I will give you an idea for an activity that I have used in my Forest School sessions. I will try to link it to the EYFS (2014) and schematic play if appropriate.

This week I tried a Rainbow Scavenger Hunt.

Intent

In a previous session, the children spotted some...

March 14, 2019

I set out with such grand ideas, telling the Secretary of State for Children and Families Nadhim Zahawi (who was opening the show and making a keynote speech) exactly what I thought of his £4.00 per hour funded ‘free’ hours. Unfortunately I hadn’t factored in the unrel...

February 3, 2019

I attended the second day of the Nursery World Show 2019 quite late in the day. I was greeted by some half-interested staff who sort of said ‘Hello’ and I wandered through to the main hall. I climbed some stairs after helping myself to my free goody bag and saw the sho...

January 20, 2019

Picture the scene, a child is constantly filling a pram/wheelbarrow/buggy/bag with your lovely loose parts and dumping them all over the room. Another child is constantly hiding your wooden numbers in bags, another is using wool to tie two pieces of furniture together,...

January 19, 2019

Good news everybody! Ofsted have released the proposed Early Years Inspection Handbook set to come into effect in September 2019. Yet another document for you to pour over. I have had a quick glance over all 40 pages of it and it isn't awful, I actually like it. Here a...

January 14, 2019

Some lovely people on Facebook have asked for some of the questions me and my staff were asked during our recent Ofsted inspection. I will be creating a Youtube channel in the next few days, discussing current issues in Early Years designed to help and support practiti...

January 12, 2019

Friday lunchtime, a phone call, it’s 12.10. Who else could it be but Ofsted?

A Sunday afternoon staff meeting, reminders of Safeguarding procedures and what Prevent actually means again and again.

Monday morning and Ofsted appear, she’s a friendly, warm lady…always dange...

July 16, 2017

Every Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Christmas etc. there used to be a huge push for the children to churn out a production line led gift and card to take home. I’ve always dreaded it. Yes the end result looks like a pintrest-worthy delight but I always wondered how child...

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I am an Early Years Teacher, Forest School Leader and MA Early Childhood Education graduate based in Suffolk, UK.

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Childcare Expo tickets.

Click on the link below for free tickets for the next Childcare Expo event in London on 1st and 2nd March 2019. A must for Early Years professionals, forest school  and nursery practitioners.