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Children and play based learning

16 February, 2018
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Children learn best when they’re having fun, and they are more likely to be having fun when they are playing. Children’s learning is optimal when they’re free to learn at their own pace and in their own way.  Full blog

 

Viewing play through a ‘scale of value.

8 February, 2018
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We have all I am sure been part of conversations (which ultimately turn into heated debates) about what ‘quality’ means in early childhood education and care, or whether or not things like worksheets, templates, stamps and colouring in books are appropriate for children in their early years or not.  Full blog

 

Big Kids; Snow & Ice Play

8 February, 2018
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I grew up on the North Norfolk coast and I now live on the North coast of Cornwall. Neither are famous for their snowfall. However, both have had snow today!  Full blog

 

Creating inclusive play spaces: a place to start

7 February, 2018
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If one hundred people wrote a guide to creating inclusive play spaces the result would be one hundred different guides. That’s no bad thing, they could be a hundred fantastic and useful guides filled with innovative and creative ideas, but, “inclusive” is not a fixed state. And as it is informed by multiple ever changing factors it never will be. I believe inclusion should be an ongoing collaboration amongst the people within a space, it’s about accepting that no one person will ever find the answer, only, an answer.  Full blog

 

Tes talks to… Lenore Skenazy

15 January, 2018
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The founder of the Free Range Kids movement tells Sarah Cunnane why she wants schools to join in her initiative to trust children to develop their own resilience, rather than trying to teach it.  Full blog