Why perseverance is key when helping your child learn to read

30 September 2022

The Chief Inspector of Ofsted is Amanda Spielman. Read the blog she has written for ParentKind about supporting your child with learning to read. As a parent, helping your child…

Embedding self-regulation in Early Years classrooms

28 September 2022

This reflective article, from the Chartered College, considers the steps taken to apply research recommendations within Early Years classrooms to encourage pupils to be independent and competent learners.  Self-regulated learning…

Self-regulation and metacognition in the early years: an introduction

15 September 2022

In a free to access recorded webinar, Fliss James and Melissa Prendergast consider research evidence that highlights the best ways to support children’s self-regulation and metacognition in the Early Years. Evidence…

Research shows impact on GCSE results for those pupils who did not meet ELGs

8 September 2022

New research from Exeter University and UCL suggested that many of the pupils who fail to achieve standard GCSE passes in English and maths were already falling behind by age…

Early Years in Mind: Trauma and Repair Webinar

13 June 2022

To acknowledge Infant Mental Health Awareness Week’s theme of ‘Understanding Early Trauma’, the Anna Freud Centre is announcing the next webinar in the free Early Years in Mind series aimed…

DfE: progress check at age 2 guidance

22 May 2022

Guidance to provide support for early years practitioners when completing the early years foundation stage (EYFS) progress check at age 2. This guidance is for early years practitioners working with…

Domestic Role Play Planning Guide for Early Years

26 March 2022

Developing a well organised domestic role play area is vital for supporting young children’s learning. It enables children to explore relationships and make sense of events and situations in their everyday lives.…

How to teach handwriting in the early years

22 March 2022

Fine motor control and oral composition develop apace in the early years. However, the combination of complex skills required for writing is difficult to teach, and the writing ELG is…

Spatial reasoning toolkit

20 March 2022

What is spatial reasoning? How do we develop young children’s spatial reasoning? The answers are in the Early Childhood Maths Group Toolkit which includes posters, videos, guidance and a learning…

EEF blog: Supporting high-quality interactions in early years

3 March 2022

Early Years practitioner and EEF Specialist Fliss James unpicks the evidence around how to ensure that interactions with young pupils are of the highest possible quality. Mere moments after birth,…

Oracy in Action: Developing Purposeful Talk in EYFS and Key Stage 1

18 February 2022

Effective practice in school can compensate for children who have missed out on early language opportunities at home Research makes a link between the amount and quality of conversation at home and…

EEF blog: What happens early can matter for a lifetime

23 January 2022

The EEF’s Early Years Specialist, Fliss James, emphasises the importance of high-quality interactions for young pupils in the wake of the pandemic.  The scene is a bustling nursery classroom in east…