Welcome to the June 18 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 Ruth Smith who wonders why physical development is so often the runt of the litter when it comes to foundation stage policy; Elaine Bennett who says that observation is a vital teaching skill that the Baseline will not take time away from; Deborah Lawson who says that improving early years graduates’ prospects, career progression and reward should be at the top of the list of things government needs to work on. Our News analysis wonders why the education department always drops important policy at times when the people it affects will be relaxing. The main focus feature explores the impact made by the Early Years Connect Project in Wiltshire. In the main body of the magazine, Fran Cornwall asks how we can ensure settings are the place to have a jolly time, where laughter is encouraged. Don Skinner explains why we need to keep an open mind when we examine other countries’ approaches to early education. Stella Louis explores the reason why the Characteristics of Effective Learning are important and should be incorporated in all practitioner’s observations. Kathryn Solly reasons that a child is a naturally curious being with a keen sense of adventure, which is why they thrive on the freedom of being able to explore at their own pace. Mine Conkbayir asks whether it is right to try and measure the mental health and wellbeing of children? Paula Brown looks at the how children’s voices develop through the pre-school years and what this means for in terms of a sense of self. Kimberly Smith explores wellbeing practices from Scandinavia and Denmark and asks whether we can take anything on board in the UK. Our Spotlight falls on Music@Home, a research tool designed to assess musical enrichment in early years. In the practical section, Ailsa Chapman explores summer activities; Marion Leeper looks at popular culture and literacy; Sarah Davies explores size using Alice in Wonderland as a theme; Jenni Clarke explores the simplest resources and how they can lead to practical activities – this month, stones; Ann Roberts recommends the versatility of coconuts; and Judith Harries’ series exploring activities for introducing concepts that will help children in Understanding the World looks at music and moving. All this, plus three pages of academic and picture book reviews.
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