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My main thought was 'have I got a spare 20 quid :blink:

But seriously I am really interested and think I will invest.......mind you I have to say that I am not a huge fan of ECERS not sure if that has any bearing........

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I posted the following when this document was launched a couple of weeks ago - I hope it helps:

Posted 11 March 2015 - 09:09 PM

At the 4 Children conference yesterday they launched the new Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Well-being Scales (SSTEW). It is in the same series as ECERS and ITERS and looks to me as if it could be very useful, so thought I'd give everyone the heads up. It is being used for the SEED research so settings that have been visited for this will already know it. Although it is designed for scoring, like ECERS and ITERS, it could also be used as a tool for self-assessment through general discussion with staff. The areas it looks at are:

Building trust, confidence and independence

· self-regulation and social development

· encouraging choices and independent play

· planning for small group and individual interactions/ adult deployment

Social and emotional well-being

· supporting socio-emotional well-being

Supporting and extending language and communication

· encouraging children to talk with others

· staff actively listen to children and encourage children to listen

· staff support children's language use

· sensitive responsiveness

Supporting learning and critical thinking

· supporting curiosity and problem-solving

· encouraging sustained shared thinking through storytelling, sharing books, singing and rhymes

· encouraging sustained shared thinking in investigation and exploration

· supporting concept development and higher-order thinking

Assessing learning and language

· using assessment to support and extend learning and critical thinking

· assessing language development

It is available from Trentham Books £19.99. Sorry, but struggling to create a link - perhaps some clever can add one for me?

By the way, I don't get commission!!!

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I've looked at it in a bit more detail now and still think we will use it for staff discussion, but also for peer observation. I think it looks much more useful than ECERS, ITERS etc as they focus so much on the equipment etc. This looks so much more at interactions. It is comparatively easy to provide the right resources, but its much harder to ensure quality interactions.

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I have ordered one and hope it will be here in the next couple of days. As we were breaking up for Easter I decided on free snail mail :D

I am hoping that we can use it as a staff team to look at our setting and ourselves objectively...... I will let you know if that works!

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Mm not sure about this, like Sunnyday I hate ECCRs with a passion. Looks similar to me

 

We use WBI scales and I really like that. We use it not only to access children but areas of our provision also

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It's arrived and I have had a flick through tonight. I can already see where it can be used to promote better interaction from the staff as were we to be observed we would have scored very poorly in that area. Hopefully by seeing in written in black and white and not just coming from me will make them pull their socks up.

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Hello all, just thought I'd revive this convo. I'm really interested in this scale, but am yet to acquire or read one myself, so I wondered how you've all found it? I was quite glad to see a scale that focused on adult-child interactions and I have quite high hopes for its potential.

As much as ECERS and ITERS are a pain, I do think they're valuable resources to be used occassionally. Maybe not quite as formally as they're intended, but they offer a good reminded of some good practices etc..

I definitely like WBI though, when used properly! :)

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It's arrived and I have had a flick through tonight. I can already see where it can be used to promote better interaction from the staff as were we to be observed we would have scored very poorly in that area. Hopefully by seeing in written in black and white and not just coming from me will make them pull their socks up.

Hi Starsdance just wondering if you have had any positive results from using the SSTEW with your staff and interaction as feel my staff now need a refresh on this?

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