August 2016

In this issue

Welcome to the August 2016 issue of EYE. Inside you will find a wide variety of articles that mix best practice, research, policy, latest developments, expert opinion and practical applications. This month, we have:

  • Opinion articles from Deborah Lawson (Voice), Purina Tanuku OBE (NDNA), and Neil Leitch (Pre-school Learning Alliance).
  • Our main focus article, from Abigail Gosling, focuses on what we mean by school readiness and how we achieve it.
  • Deborah Laxton explores the future of Early Years Teacher Status from the viewpoint of the trainees on the current courses.
  • Dr Patricia Mucavele expands on last month’s article to examine how the 30-hour offer will affect children’s diets.
  • Liz Bayram sticks up for childminding professionals, asserting why they are a crucial part of the sector.
  • Maureen Lee, Sandra Matthews and Stephanie Robinson ask how can leaders and managers train and support staff to focus on improving the emotional wellbeing of both children and families?
  • Avril McDonald discusses how we can help children to identify and manage both their own and other people’s emotions.
  • Dr Sue Allingham explores the transitions and changes that occur for children, families and staff throughout the year.
  • Deb Wilenski states that we need to take a fresh look at children’s language in order to really try and hear their voices.

Our practical section is full of interesting and ready-to-go ideas, including ideas for activities based on the Rio Olympics; the third in our series that uses storytelling to develop maths understanding; why subjects such as poo can be taboo and stimulating learning topics at the same time; using the outside as the perfect environment for learning maths; using the Notting Hill Carnival to get children moving; exploring the pedagogy and the practical applications of Finger Gym. Plus three pages of academic and picture book reviews.

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