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  Autumn conferences  First a chance to tour the ARK for Mr Noah’s and see for yourself how this wonderful rural kindergarten has developed from an open field. 10 September 2022 Kent.Then visit Heart Preschool in Nottingham and hear their vision. Interactive  training seminars and a focus on a Heart for Christ, Children and Community. Great speakers and time to connect face to…

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An ARK for Mr Noah’s

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Mr Noah’s nursery school has been on an exciting journey. Moving from their original home, A Rural Kindergarten (the ARK) is now fully outdoors. You can hear all about this story in Peter Michell’s webinar. Tickets and the link are available through Eventbrite  HERE. Listen to Heart Preschool share their experience of the recent Ofsted inspection. Complete with very useful…

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Assessment in Early Years

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We know that each of the children in our care is uniquely created by our loving God and Father and that He has a plan and a purpose for each of their lives. We know that their needs and interests and learning styles will be different. Psalm 139 says: “For You shaped me, inside and out. I am Your unique creation…… Every detail of my life was already written in Your book.“ (The VOICE) Our…

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More than tables and chairs

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Addressing  the Centre’s Emotional Climate  Adapted from Attentive & Attuned: Knowing  and Serving in the Early Edu­cation Program, pp. 37-49 (Baer, Maher, Leak) Attunement begins with me. I can be intentional about forging relationships with the individuals in my class. But to cultivate those attuned relation­ ships and to display the posture that draws chil­dren in, I must first prepare…

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The Kiwi Classroom

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A glimpse into the classroom of Elise Hopkins When early years educators speak of the field in a comprehensive context, it is impossible to ignore the trends and accomplishments of settings in the global south. New Zealand, a gem in Oceania, gently leads the way with their quiet insistence to connect, support and develop the family unit. New Zealand’s Ministry…

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Assessment book review

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Observing Young Children The role of observation and assessment in early childhood settings S Smidt, (2015). Abingdon: Routledge. Smidt offers us in the short compass of 90 small pages an introduction to the subject which makes reference to almost everything. The important names are all there: Piaget, Vygotsky, Bruner and so on. There is reference to sustained shared thinking, scaffolding…

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Monitoring well-being and involvement

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Monitoring well-being and involvement by Rev Peter Michell In the UK the most immediate association made with assessment is the Early Years Foundation Stage and the ‘outcomes’. We also think of endless laborious record keeping. This first association has to be called into question because it is not the only kind of assessment and it is not the most important either. If…

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