Some of the most common questions asked by early years practitioners? As many of you are aware here at Early Years Careers we hold a question and answer evening for one hour, twice a week. We do this on a Tuesday and Thursday evening, our followers send in questions which we post anonymously and then our followers and EYC staff give lots of really … [Read more...] about Common question and answers for early years practitioners
What is a calm down corner? A calm down corner is a really simple but often highly effective area where children can take a break from the commotion of the learning environment and have some time to calm down. Often used for children with SEND or behaviour management problems but if implemented and effectively promoted they can be a place of … [Read more...] about Why all settings should have a calm down corner
What are golden rules? Golden rules are a set of rules which are followed across the whole setting and are based on positive behaviour. These are great for setting shared expectations with all practitioners, parents and children. Having shared expectations across the setting is incredibly important for continuity and so children understand … [Read more...] about Every setting should have golden rules!
Is my early years setting outstanding? Having an outstanding setting and practice is something many early years settings aim to achieve in order to ensure children are getting the best possible start and to achieve the highest possible outcomes. When you have been in the same setting for a long time it can be difficult to highlight areas for … [Read more...] about How can I improve practice in my setting?
How can I support diversity and dual language families? As a practitioner who only speaks one language, it can often be difficult to support children and families who speak dual languages and promote diversity within the setting without being too tokenistic. Tokenistic means to simply appear to be supporting diversity rather than truly promoting … [Read more...] about Promoting diversity and supporting dual language children
Does my setting need a parent board? A parent board is a fantastic resource to have to build strong parent partnerships. Depending on the way they are used and the information shared they enable practitioners to share all the daily details that parents can quickly check and means that practitioners and parents can have more meaningful … [Read more...] about Why you should have a parent board
Why you should complete regular in-house training With budgets in early years setting putting more and more strain on finances, it can be very difficult to offer the training to practitioners that you would like to because there simply is not the funds to do so. Training and upskilling are incredibly important in ensuring outstanding practice and … [Read more...] about Why in-house training is so beneficial
Different behaviour management methods Recently here at EYC we have had a lot of practitioners getting in touch asking for support and advice in handling group behaviour and behaviour management. A common complaint at the moment seems to be the general behaviour of a whole class/group/room of children rather than just one or two children with … [Read more...] about Managing whole group behaviour
Latest figures show a large number of newly reported FGM cases FGM stands for Female Genital Mutilation and this is the deliberate cutting of the female genitals for no medical reason. This is illegal in the United Kingdom and has been since 1985, however because of deep traditional and cultural beliefs held by some families FGM is still happening … [Read more...] about FGM figures still high!
Are your learning journals outstanding and relevant? Learning journals vary greatly from setting to setting and commonly many learning journals are now completed through online apps and websites. As there is no clear set way of completing a learning journal it can sometimes be difficult to judge what should be included; whether there is too … [Read more...] about What makes a good learning journal?