The British Association for Early Childhood Education are hosting their event, Characteristics of effective early learning: becoming an effective learner for life, on Wednesday 16 November in London. The event aims to explore how to marry conceptual understanding with practical application, fitting perfectly with Dame Clare Tickell’s three identified characteristics of effective learning: playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically. More details are available on the Early Education website.
The NCETM portal now hosts a set of materials aimed at helping Mathematics Specialist Teachers (MaSTs) across the country to support colleagues working within the Early Years Foundation Stage. There are useful references to the recent Tickell Review, online CPD modules and specific links within the Early Years Magazine, as well as other resources and video materials that will inspire any early years practitioner.
A recent posting on The Guardian’s online blog discusses the publication of the latest series on early childhood development (ECD) in The Lancet (the world’s leading general medical journal). It draws on new evidence of the tremendous benefits of working closely with very young children to ensure later success in life. Take a look - it’s interesting reading.
In October last year, the Government announced the extension of the entitlement of all disadvantaged two year olds to 15 hours per week of free education. In total, approximately 140 000 two year olds each year will be able to benefit from an extra year of free early education from 2013. The Government is now consulting on these plans and would welcome views from early education professionals about what they think would be best for these children. The DfE website provides more details.
Last month we introduced you to Maxwell Maths Ted who has enjoyed joining in maths-based activities at various primary schools around the country. Join the ‘Maxwell’ discussion in our Early Years Forum, giving your ideas for activities - or perhaps offering Maxwell a place to stay!
Another discussion thread, relating to the use of the e-profile to support planning, tracking and assessment in the EYFS, was started in the Early Years Forum a while ago. This has recently been revisited with further comments from our users. Do you make use of the e-profile or want to find out more? Add your comments and suggestions for others.
The latest issue of the NCETM Primary Magazine is packed with information and ideas, much of which is easily adaptable for Nursery and Reception classes, such as features on mathematics and chocolate, the Aztecs, 2D and 3D shapes, online databases, and spiders!