What is finger gym and funky fingers? Finger Gym and funky fingers has become increasingly popular within early years settings as it encourages the development of fine motor and language skills that are essential for hand writing. More practitioners steering away from the direct teaching of handwriting preschools and are instead focusing on … [Read more...] about What is finger gym and funky fingers?
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Why promote fine motor skills more? Fine motor skills are those smaller hand and finger movements such as picking up small objects, using pencils using a pincer grip and threading thin pieces of string. These fine motor skills are essential for children to be able to form letters and write once they are ready. Practitioners will often support … [Read more...] about Fine motor skills should be actively promoted daily
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
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?
How can I check my maths provision is outstanding? Sometimes when you work in the same room day after day, with the same provision, and the same resources it can become difficult to think outside the box and evaluate your own provision. Maths can become a very standardised area which is always accessible but rarely used in the correct ways. For … [Read more...] about Could your setting do more to promote Maths?
Essential skills children should learn before starting school Back in 2014 Ofsted called for a checklist to be issued to parents regarding the 10 skills children should learn before starting school. Of this, it includes being toilet trained and talking in sentences. The reasoning behind this checklist being issued to parents is that according to … [Read more...] about 10 skills children should learn before starting school
Working in partnership is key to supporting emotional wellbeing There are many changes, transitions and difficulties that children can face in the early years and one of the most effective ways to support a child is to work in close partnership with parents. Parents may not always want to immediately make you aware that a child is experiencing … [Read more...] about Supporting children’s emotional wellbeing through home learning resources
The importance of children enjoying mark making Mark making in the early years is not be confused with handwriting and does not mean children must be sat learning to form letters however early mark making skills such as drawing, scribbles, circles, painting, making marks in messy play using tools or fingers are all important skills that need … [Read more...] about How to increase interest in mark making on paper
How to set up a potion making area Potion making in the EYFS is great fun and has so many benefits for children in the early years. It's a great activity to have available daily and can involve as many or as few potion-making ingredients as you have available. These can include wet, dry, reusable or disposable materials depending on what you … [Read more...] about Why you should have potion making in the EYFS out every day
Five simple ways to make story time come alive and engaging for children Reading aloud and sharing stories with children of all ages is highly important, it can help many areas of children's development. It can contribute to boosting their language development while inspiring them to enjoy books. Storytelling can help bring children's imagination … [Read more...] about Ways to make story time more fun