December 2016

In this issue

Welcome to the December 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 Penny Webb, regarding mental health, Ken McArthur, about the need to charge for the ‘extras’ we regularly provide, and Maureen Lee, who has a professional development wish list for government.
  • The News Analysis sections delves into the minister’s growing to-do list.
  • Our main focus article reviews the recent Let’s Start from the Child conference and ponders what lesson we can learn regarding developmentally appropriate practice.
  • Purnima Tanuku OBE explains that outstanding inspections are just the start, and asks how we can use them as learning tools.
  • Julia Gouldsboro talks about whistleblowing and knowing what to do and who to turn to in order to prevent abuse of children.
  • Pat Preedy and Rebecca Duncombe explain how children’s early experiences and movements shape the growing brain, and why physical activity is important for learning and personal development. Early 2016: Early Years Pupil Premium, innovation and impact conference review.
  • Kimberley Smith discusses project-based learning and how this can prepare children for the unknown world of tomorrow.
  • Jo Francis asks how we gain our pedagogical knowledge and how we apply that in our settings.
  • Our Spotlight section highlights the impact of Lady Allen of Hurtwood on the development of adventure playgrounds and the use of ‘junk’ materials in children’s play.
  • Our practical section is full of interesting and ready-to-go ideas, including communication from birth to two-years-old; how the introduction of water beads threw planning out of the window; how children learns verbs; the last in our short series on the benefits of mud play; the legend of the Yule Lads; and our traditional games series explores skipping with ropes.
  • Plus three pages of academic and picture book reviews.
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