May 2017

In this issue

Welcome to the June 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:

  • Ken McArthur who asserts that providers and local authorities are struggling to come to grips with offering 30 ‘free’ hours at the rates set by the government
  • Deborah Fielden who wonders why we are still battling for official recognition that early years practitioners, with EYTS deserve the same as their primary counterparts with QTS
  • Pam Hulusi explains how a leading company is trying to tackle the growing problem of holiday hunger.

Our focus article from Linda Baston-Pitt and Jane Brotchie asks how we can create workplaces that are positive environments that play to our strengths. Other articles in the June issue come from:

  • How we can build the concept of kindness into nursery life by June O'Sullivan
  • A discussion on how we can put the ‘natural’ back into play and provision by Niki Buchan.
  • How we can use stories to unlock the language of mathematics by Kimberly Smith.
  • Karen Fisk expands on her last article about SEND provision by exploring the implications of providing specialist 30-hours support.

Our practical section is full of interesting and ready-to-go ideas, including: the first in a series about the relationship between modern picture books and the children reading them – books to make us strong; the second part of our series exploring mathematical learning and language in your setting using everyday and junk materials; a look at what early years theatre offers children; activities designed to get children into the habit of self-analysis; and fun and exciting ways to explore water in your setting. All this, plus three pages of academic and picture book reviews and an analysis of the latest news.

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