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Articles and guides to all aspects of the Observation, Assessment & Planning strand of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.

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Enabling Environments: Principles - First of all

Get the underlying essentials of high-quality provision right and they will be the foundation for developing a curriculum, says Dr Julian Grenier

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Nursery Equipment: Planning - Be inspired

To create effective 'enabling environments', we must be open to ideas from a range of sources, including educational pioneers, overseas settings and children themselves, says Nicole...

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Learning & Development: Characteristics of Learning - Thinking time

Lisa Sancisi and Margaret Edgington look at how to support the characteristics of effective learning.

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Learning & Development: Assessment - Quality time

The SSTEW scale has been developed to assess the quality of early childhood education and care. Denise Kingston and Professor Iram Siraj of the Institute of Education explain.

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EYFS Best Practice: All about ... Peer mentoring

A home-grown approach to peer mentoring at a nursery school and children's centre in London is improving practice, as well as making work more satisfying for the team. Headteacher...

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Learning & Development: Observation - See here

History, and the Child Study Movement in particular, can provide some important learning about observation and record keeping. Tina Bruce, Stella Louis and Georgie McCall offer some...

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A Unique Child: Child Development - All in the mindset

The work of Carol Dweck tells us that encouraging a particular way of thinking - that talent and intelligence are not 'fixed' - can make all the difference to how children learn....

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Learning & Development: Assessment - Measuring up

Ferre Laevers' Process-Oriented Monitoring System builds on his 'well-being' and 'involvement' scales to create a highly sensitive form of assessment. Jan Dubiel takes a look at how...


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