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Welcome to the second issue of the Early Years Magazine. Thank you for all the positive comments you’ve sent in about the first issue. We’ve put together a shorter interim issue while we look at all the fabulous suggestions we received at a wonderful Early Years Working Group meeting on 10 December 2009. Given the time of year, lots of people are taking a break now so it will take time to pull things together and begin the development (read a report of the day in this month’s Focus on...there are exciting times ahead!)
For that reason, there is no Maths to share - CPD section this month. If you want to do some exploring, take a look at some of the Maths to share – CPD in the Primary Magazine Archive. These two are particularly relevant to the Early Years:
You can also revisit last month's piece on Rich Tasks.
Have you considered setting up a small research project? Funding is available to give release time, thinking time or whatever you think would be useful for your project. Take a look at the NCETM Funded Projects Scheme. You can participate at a level that is right for you, with a Mathematics Knowledge Network (MKN), a Teacher Enquiry Funded Project (TEFP), or through the Regional Projects Programme (RPP). There is a new round of funding in January and your regional team will be happy to help you. They can arrange support for you as your project develops, too.
Do the computers your children use have internet access? If they do, then you need to know about the UK Council for Child Internet Safety. Order or download their recent publications Click Clever Click Safe: The first UK Child Internet Strategy and The Digital Code.
Another useful publication from the DCSF is ContactPoint Lessons Learned from the Early Adopter Phase. ContactPoint was developed in response to the enquiry into the tragic death of Victoria Climbié. The enquiry found that information exchange between different agencies working with children needed to be improved. ContactPoint is an online directory that provides a quick way for authorised practitioners to find out who else is working with the same child. Download the report to find out how the project is developing. The DCSF website has more information.