Working with the EYFS from two perspectives, as I do, has thrown into relief several issues about its application and interpretation. Both as chair of MSA and as the lead early years inspector for the School Inspection Service (SIS) I find that similar concerns arise from providers and inspectors, particularly regarding the statutory welfare requirements.
Montessori St Nicholas Charity is delighted to announce its second MEAB School Leaders Conference, Research in Montessori Settings.
The Conference takes place on Friday 14 June 2013 at Jeffery Hall, Institute of Education, with 150 MEAB School Owners and Managers in attendance. The schools that have undertaken their MEAB accreditation in the last year will celebrate their achievements when they receive their plaques.
In one respect I am sad that the government did not consult and listen to the sector from the outset. Instead of putting children first, after years of improving our childcare provision in this country, the matter became a political football within the coalition.
It finally happened – Spring has officially sprung here. At last! Everywhere is alive with colour. After a very late start, it’s almost as if nature is over-compensating, trying to catch up. I’ve never seen such vivid greens in the trees or the fields. The butterflies are out, flicking their iridescent wings as they travel from flower to glowing flower. I live and work in a rural part of South Eastern England and the gorgeous, natural hues of the farmland are hazy with heat and giving off beautiful, jewel-like hues.
By the time children reach age four they have usually established their first important friendships. They often come to nursery with ideas about what they will do with their friends, and should they find themselves alone they may feel somewhat lost. The social aspect in their nursery experience plays a very important role at this stage of their development.