April 2017

In this issue

Welcome to the April 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:

  • Judith Dancer who notes an alarming rise in inappropriate expectations around young children's maths abilities
  • Sue Cowley who wonders why the sector is still treated like a poor cousin
  • Dr Pam Jarvis who notes a worrying trend on social media of judging parents and finding faults with how they raise their children
  • Our main focus this month is by Verity Campbell-Barr discussing what child-centred really means
  • The news analysis focuses on assessment and on, the need to question research and its findings
  • In the main body of the magazines, Maureen Lee says that professionals have a vital role to play in narrowing the gap, but exactly how do we get better at removing the barriers to achievement?
  • Sally Goddard-Blythe explains that learning does not all happen in the head, instead it is is rooted in a child’s physical experiences in the world
  • Dr Adam Boddison introduces dual and multiple exceptionality, and states that 10 percent of children with high learning potential will have needs that are difficult to identify because their abilities can mask those needs
  • Di Chilvers explores Talk for Maths Mastery, and how talking with children can help to unlock maths understanding
  • Paula Brown explores the influence of dopamine on children's learning and behaviour
  • Dr Carolyn Blackburn explains why we need to understand more about the effects that being born preterm might have on learning
  • Beth Thomas examines how to offer continuity of care when families choose to share the 30 funded hours between different providers

Our practical section is full of interesting and ready-to-go ideas, including the second part of our EYPP series – reaching out to parents; introducing mathematical learning and language in your setting using everyday and junk materials; enhancing children’s enjoyment of story time and traditional tales by introducing elements that stimulate their senses; why creative arts media are used alongside toys and games to promote emotional wellbeing; finger gym activities based on playing simple games with a friend that require no resources; playing with interconnecting bricks to help children be more creative. Plus, three pages of academic and picture book reviews.

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