The Early Years Blog

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...

"The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people." - Theodore Roosevelt Many organisations talk about working in partnership. It has become something of a mantra. A call to partnership! However, when you actually ask organisations what they mean...

I gave up the idea of new year resolutions a long time ago and 40 per cent of people give up their resolutions within a fortnight. Setting yourself a resolution is the quickest way to madness. When I decide I won't drink any wine for a week, all I think about is wine. If I decide not to eat chocolate,...

If you are willing to be led by children's curiosity, then you find yourself wandering down many new learning paths. My 12-year-old nephew shifted my knowledge of Lego onto a new plane last week when he introduced me to the Lego Story. I discovered (what I should have known) that Lego is Latin for the...

I am always pleased to be invited to speak about things that matter to me such as social enterprise and the business of childcare, child poverty, pedagogy and wider early years issues such as child obesity or supporting inclusive workplaces. It's always good to come away and see what other places are...

I recently wrote a book with the wonderful Alice Sharpe to celebrate the importance of Dads. With so much negativity about men at the moment its worth bringing some balance to the debate. Getting Dads involved from the start has many benefits. Pleasingly, I am noticing more Dads delivering and collecting...