In schools, storytelling can be a rich experience for children, sometimes happening before they shape texts in writing, sometimes when telling stories for their own sake. It is what writing is built upon and skilled teachers know about its importance when using storytelling as part of the language curriculum to build children’s literary skills.
Leaders and practitioners in the early years have paused for thought when faced with the statutory requirement to promote Fundamental British Values in their settings. Blogs and sector events have seen a plethora of questions as early years practitioners search for the meaning of FBV and the implications for their work with children from birth […]
In this interactive infographic, Sarah Christie brings together the key facts and opinions about the current trend in the UK for increasingly formalised education for children at an ever-younger age.
Since 2010, the Baby Room Conference has provided a unique space for people to come together annually to consider, discuss and debate the principles, policies and practice of babies’ care, learning, development and wellbeing. Each conference offers insights from keynote speakers and a chance to network in a friendly environment with like-minded colleagues from across […]
Government plans to extend the school day give further priority to political agendas which are aimed at pleasing parents (voters) rather than addressing the needs of very young children. Forty five hours a week in school is excessive for two year olds and much longer than many parents spend in the workplace; unless you happen […]