The Early Years Blog

The debate about what is education continues unabated. The DfE annoyed and baffled many last month when they announced that they did not advocate using the word learning because it is a weak term; they want to use the term attainment instead. Whatever happened to lifelong learning? Learning not to...

Last week, one of our nurseries curated a pop-up art exhibition at a central London venue. The art which was auctioned by the manager surprised him enormously as it raised £300 which will be used to fund a woodwork bench and some baby equipment.  I observed the evening through the lens of cultural...

Many will have watched the Extinction Rebellion unfolding on the streets of Westminster with probably a mixture of bemusement, support and irritation. In the last week, I have experienced all three of these emotions - as someone working in Westminster I have to trudge wearily from place to place, held...

To be honest, cultural capital is not the usual conversation piece. But it is both a conscious and unconscious part of our everyday lives. Now that Ofsted has introduced the concept into the new Education Inspection Framework it will become more conscious for many people. In 2011, I started to investigate...

I arrived on Friday evening in a wet Bath for the Firm Foundations Conference. A wet bath was also just perfect metaphor for my life at the moment! I am currently living without a bathroom while my husband replaces our current bathroom, rebuilding the walls, plasters and doing inexplicable things with...

I have taken Brexit like the rest of the UK, a bit like a grief response; shock, anger, fear, sadness and gradual acceptance but a small piece of satirical news has bounced me right back into the anger phase. Even if it is fake news, this is too much. Mrs May must up her game and not worry about back...

I grew up in a world where reading was a normal pastime. I didn't have access to many books at home but I was an avid library fan. I went every Saturday to borrow two books (we were only allowed two, I hid as many as I could for the following week behind the encyclopedia). I also got two books for my...

I was invited to talk to Eamonn Holmes at talkRADIO the other week about a news story that commented on our intention to try and ensure that of the advocated three hours activity a day, we would encourage the children to spend up to two hours of this outside in a garden, park or green space. I was...

Last week I gave a seminar at the Nursery World Show about pedagogy, and I particularly referenced the importance of early years teachers being able to name and describe the different types of play. I asked the audience the same question at the Ceeda "About early Years Workforce Roundtable" and the recent BrewEDEy....

I am not always great at taking my own advice, which in this case is to take a few days away from the office to "think". I have just had that thinking time in Manchester with social enterprise leaders as part of our membership of E3M. Like all good training courses, there was a facilitator who...