March 2017

In this issue

Welcome to the March 17 edition 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:

  • Beatrice Merrick (Early Education) about our first taste of the Early Years National Funding Formula
  • Dr Richard House talks about the problems still inherent 10 years on from the publication of Toxic Childhood
  • Caroline Crabbe on the opportunity missed by the government's investment in music hubs.
  • Our Focus article this month explores how a foundation stage is delivered in one primary school.
  • In the main body of the magazine, Purnima Tanuku OBE discusses how lessening bureaucracy can help settings to thrive in what will be a watershed year.
  • Fay Gibbin talks about the opportunities offered by visiting settings abroad and sharing cultural practices.
  • Deborah Powers and Melanie Packer introduce Warwickshire's chatter matters initiative, which aims to improve young children's communication skills.
  • Paula Brown explores the stress hormone cortisol, how it affects children and what we can do to negate it.
  • Jo Francis explores the use of technology enhance learning with staff teams.
  • Marion Leeper finds ways of helping children utilise the darkness to explore the world around them.
  • Dawn Francis-Pester takes a look at what constitutes a healthy diet and how settings can promote good eating habits.
  • Our practical section is full of interesting and ready-to-go ideas, including the first in a series that explores how settings can make the most of the Early Years Pupil Premium paper-based early learning games; activities that promote fine motor development; finger gym activities; how to celebrate International Earth Day; and the third in our series about building block play. Plus, two pages of academic and picture book reviews.
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