Our Early Years Working Group
Some months ago, after a trawl of the portal revealed that there was little on the site specifically for the Early Years, a decision had to be taken. Should we just accept the situation and focus on other areas, or should we tackle the issue? Thankfully, it was decided that we should indeed do something about it.
Early Years contacts from a range of settings were approached and invited to a meeting to discuss the way forward. We wanted to bring together a group of interested people who would be prepared to do as well as advise, so we included practitioners, headteachers, consultants and advisors from around the country.
On the day, 18 very enthusiastic people turned up. There was a great can-do atmosphere throughout the whole day. Inevitably, we had to get out the large bits of paper and pens to brainstorm and several people ended up on the floor, where there was more room! The group came up with lots of wonderful ideas for new or improved sections of the magazine, as well as feedback on the portal itself and much more. Here are the magazine ideas, in no particular order:
- Ideas Box – to include a downloadable card for an area (sand, water, etc), suggestions for nursery rhymes, songs, maths through stories etc
- Research – split into two sections, one action research being carried out in the classroom, one more long term, larger scale research
- Mathematics Outdoors
- case studies – a variety, including child, practitioner or setting. Including following one or more children from before birth to aged 5 and perhaps beyond
- The Big Issue – topical issues
- babies and toddlers
- at home – for parents, childminders etc
- CPD – support for managers and Senior Leadership Teams who sometimes know little about the Early Years
- mathematics subject knowledge – filling in the gaps
There is huge potential here and we need to take time to liaise with the portal team to see what is feasible. Then we’ll need to give people time to write or research what they’ve offered, so there is likely to be a gradual development of the magazine over the next few months. You’ll just have to keep coming back to see what’s new, and if you have any thoughts to add, we’d love to hear from you.