30 May 2016

This term has seen me working with many many settings across the UK and having many, many, conversations about "preparing for school", "preparing for SATs" or "preparing for tests" . Each one raising the issue of what we percieve as expectations of children in Early Years and beyond,


I have thought long and hard this month about why we do what we do as educators and keep coming back to my core belief that our role is to help prepare children for suvival in the world beyond our walls, now and in their future. In thinking this through I began to unpick the things I believe we need to keep a focus on as Early Years people and to look at the skil...

1 Jan 2016




As 2016 begins, I am looking back on 2015 and some of the issues I have been asked to address time and again. One such issue is that of mathematics in the outdoor environment. A common myth in Early Years seems to be  that maths cannot possibly happen outdoors without laminated ( or plastic) numberlines and that their sole existance ensures maths undertstanding will definately happen! Sorry to be a myth buster but this is NOT the case (despite what some advisors will have you believe). Here I hope to show that maths outdoors is a whole lot more than any manufactured numberline and to save you the tedium of having to laminate to within an i...

5 Jul 2012

Sorry for the year long gap but I have been really poorly and not able to do most things let alone blog. But am now well on road to recovery and am back in my blogging hotseat!!! So here goes :)

This week I finally got around to making a Water Wall for my little one (well originally it was for a preschool but there's no way its going to get out of my garden now!!!). Having drilled and bolted and tied things onto my board (cable ties are cheap and you can get them from most supermarkets now!) I was finally able to put it to the true test and let my son loose on it! An hour later we were still outside in the pouring rain exploring what would h...

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