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Everything posted by Rob6692

  1. Glitter Ban

    The shcool my mum teaches at recently banned glitter too, for the same reasons. I hadn't thought of it either to be honest, and can't say I use glitter more than a couple fo times a year, but I definitely won't include it on any of my future planning. That being said, I haven't brought it up with my manager (yet)
  2. Off the top of my head, only the Bear Hunt and the Leaf Hunt, but I found a list here: https://www.librarything.com/tag/positional+words
  3. Hello all, I am so sorry I did not get back to this, I got a little bogged down in work and it slipped by. This is the first time I have logged in since my last comment on this thread! In compensaiton, I have attached a few activities plans for books I have used - I hope they are of use to someone. I ended up going with Monkey Puzzle, which was a huge success! I got the children to act out each animal we found (stomping aorund like a big elephant, flying like a bat etc.) which added great entertainment and kept a large group engaged, whilst also drawing in others I also led an activity for the Leaf Hunt (thank you panders!). I changed from my plan a little, sending children on a hunt for different coloured leaves after each obstacle (e.g. everyone find a green leaf!). The Little Red Hen is a bonus one for you all that I did during harvest. NHN Activity Plan (Leaf Hunt).docx NHN Activity Plan (Monkey Puzzle).docx NHN Activity Plan (Little Red Hen).docx
  4. Hello all, I'm planning for our setting's outdoor environment and would like to lead an activity based on a storybook. I can only think of two suitable storybooks, The Gruffalo and We're Going on a Bear Hunt, but we have used those books already recently and I want to try something new. Does anyone have any suggestions? We are very lucky in our setting and therefore space and resources should not be a problem. Thank you!
  5. Thanks guys! Leaf Hunt - that could work well, but I fear it's a little too similar to the Bear hunt. I'll have a look at the setting's copy when I get a chance and see how I could do it (I can't remember it if I'm honest!) Stick Man - just read through my copy and I think it would work with children acting as each of the animals/people who take him and then do is says in the book (throw him in a 'river' etc.), but I'm not sure how I could effectively do the latter half? Shhh - I'm unfamiliar with this book so I'll have to check if we have a copy! Picnic - Another I'm unfamiliar with! 3 Little Pigs - ah yes of course! I could definitely work this one! Red Riding Hood - this one too, depending on which copy we have but I'm also not sure if there's too much the children could really do? I've also thought of Monkey Puzzle and someone has mention Zog but I don't have a copy to hand and can't quite remember what his tasks were I'd quite like some less familiar ones (ironic, since I've noted a couple above I don't know) so the children a bit more awe, fascination, and curiosity, but will know the story well by the end of the week.
  6. Hello all, I'm currently in a preschool setting for my Early Years Teacher Training and I'm acting as a Key Person for some children. One child has EAL and I'd like to conduct a communication and language assessment/audit to gauge his levels of development. He's going to school this September and has a rather 'fleeting attention', does anyone have any suggestions for what I could use? Since I'm making a topic, I'm also required to create a resource to support communication and language development. I'm going to try to create something to support the aforementioned EAL child, does anyone have any ideas? What has worked well for you? Thank you in advance!
  7. Hello all, Thank you so much Rebecca and the rest of the FSF team for giving me the opportunity to share my experiences, I hope readers enjoy my story and find the research topic as interesting I do! If anyone has any questions or would like further information on anything, post on here and I'll get back to you as soon as I can! Thank again, Rob
  8. Research question: From Good to Outstanding and beyond.

    I've opened it up and started but it seems it will take longer than I'd expected so I'll finish it and send it over as soon as I get the chance, probably at the weekend
  9. In all honesty, since it's an informal task and you only need some basic information, I would probably just look on Wikipedia. It will be much quicker and give you all the basics, from which you can go into more depth in the future when you want or need to. Use the grid as a sort of reference frame in the future, giving you an idea of what to look for in future assignments ... for example, if you're ever interested in or required to find out about language acquisition and language development, you'll see from your completed list that Chomsky is a pioneer in the field and you should look at his works
  10. Very low temperature in nursery

    In the setting I work the two rooms with older children in (2.5-5 years) have continued to free-flow inside and outside. As long as everyone is suitably dressed, there is no problem. That being said, I don't envy them much! As for that video BroadOaks, I think I would have to pass too! I don't mind getting my swimming shorts out, and the children I am sure are having a wonderful time, but I would rather not subject myself to those temperatures regardless!
  11. Babies remember their birth language

    yeah - they use rhythm, pitch, and melody to distinguish between the sounds they hear and are able to use this information to classify languages into broad classes as well as generally decipher the language. But they soon become enculturated by their native language and start to give more attention to the types of sounds that are more common in the language they're learning - this results in losing some of their earlier abilities, since they're no longer necessary Fascinating article by the way!
  12. Silent attentive sitting

    I lead a few guided meditations last year at a summer camp with some slightly older children (6-8) at bed time to help them relax and explore their imaginations and minds, as well as for a bit of fun. It worked really well and even the most fidgety children fell asleep much sooner than normal. I can't quite remember what I used, but I searched for guided meditation scripts online, read a few, and then made it up as I went along with what I had read as a backbone. I hope this helps
  13. dissertation help!

    I handed in a dissertation earlier this year based, in part, on communication and language, though I was fortunate enough to already know my focus. Here is the abstract for anyone who's interested (skip next paragraph if you just want to see my recommendations): Music and language are inseparably correlated in infants’ social and cognitive development. Considerable amounts of time and resources have been given to understanding this relationship and what it may mean. Care settings therefore implement music for a variety of observed benefits and educationalists recommend its use in pedagogy, yet little is known about the role music plays in infants’ home lives or how main carers use it in everyday parenting. This thesis explores the aforementioned under-researched topic via six semi-structured interviews with the main carers of infants aged between six and ten months. Thematic analysis highlighted the natural ways in which mothers parent through music to regulate their infants’ emotions, give insight into their infants’ native language, and provide stimulating environments through song and sound. Limitations of the study and potential modifications have been acknowledged, and some recommendations for future research and practice have been made. My recommendation really is, if you have time, wait until something ignites your enthusiasm - it will be vastly more enjoyable, easier, and better conducted if you're writing about something you're passionate about. Go on your university online library and read the abstracts of some articles on C&L, if you find one interesting read more of the paper, such as the discussion and conclusion. Search for what caught your attention and continue the process until you have a definitive subject area. I'd also make notes as you do this since there is honestly, and I speak from experience, nothing worse than remembering a quote or idea but having no idea where it came from, rendering it useless for your thesis.
  14. Love bites....visible ?

    Politely ask for the marks to be covered, either with makeup or clothing. Check your policy to see if it says anything about maintaining smart/appropriate appearances or something similar, it it's vague enough you could use it
  15. If we're throwing out musical songs for activities, I would like to recommend Peer Gynt 'In the Hall of the Mountain King'. You'll probably recognize it when you hear it, but essentially the tempo and timbre changes as the speed gradually increases and more instruments are used. Young children and infants are particularly attentive to timbre and tempo. But anyway, play that and encourage them to move around the room in the same direction (garden might be better) in time to the beat, steadily speeding up as the tempo increases. Towards the end the music breaks a few times, at which point the children could stop each time. Whatever you think might work best and it may take a few tries to get used to, but it should be a really fun and beneficial activity!
  16. Home Visits - Would you go alone?

    That's certainly true but, off the record, you can learn a lot about a child's life by visiting their home. It can give great insight into the child's world
  17. Please excuse my unresponsiveness, dissertation hand in and all that! I found what I was looking for in the end, the setting already had the kind of tool I wanted and intended on carrying it out with the child I had in mind anyway That looks like the right sort of thing, though it seems I would have to take out a mortgage to buy it!
  18. Thanks for the responses! I use Makaton quite frequently and have a small key chain of cards with symbols that I can use. The monitoring tool is interesting to see a more specific breakdown of speech sounds, thanks I'm specifically looking for some means of testing his understanding though. I'm sure I've used something before where you have objects/pictures and ask questions that test their understanding - does anyone know what I mean?
  19. Just to add to the conversation, the DfE has stated that it does not possess the data or research used in The Review of childcare costs: the analytical report. Call me a sceptic, but this sounds suspiciously like when you're at uni and they tell you not to make up your data because they'll figure it out and will make a request to see it. http://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/nursery-world/news/1156489/dfe-does-not-possess-the-data-used-in-childcare-costs-report
  20. Staff performance

    You or one of your staff members could do a Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Well-being (SSTEW) audit. It's similar to ITERS and ECERS but looks at interactions between staff and children. You can buy it on Amazon (or elsewhere) or, if you know any university students, you could borrow it from a university library when you want to carry it out
  21. Mental Health Support

    Psychosis, mistakes being made, hearing voices about causing harm, impairing medication, self harm ... I truly sympathize, we all have demons in our lives which we have to face some time and this can lead to mental health issues in varying degrees. However, the list of impacts it is having on her would make me uncomfortable with her working in the setting. I would try to seek as much support for her as possible, but ultimately I think she needs to take some time out until it's resolved. In almost any other job role I would want to act differently, but I simply would not take the risk with young children. Each issue on its own is manageable but all together, when you may not know the full extent, leaves me feeling nervous and I know I'm not qualified to be able to support someone with all that going on whilst also running a setting and worrying about the impacts on children. That being said, 'psychosis' is incredibly rare, has that actually been diagnosed? See if you can find out what is meant by that. There could be a much simpler explanation.
  22. Cameras (cctv) in pre-school

    Accidents happen and it's impossible to watch every child all of the time, but as has been said, something is going wrong if unobserved accidents are happening regularly. Also, although we can't see everything, between the staff they should at least have a reasonable account of what happened - maybe they didn't see the exact moment of the accident, but you should nearly always be able to piece together what happened. I don't like the idea of cameras and I'd honestly feel really uncomfortable being filmed all the time. I'd also feel like my manager didn't trust me to do my job. I don't think it's been mentioned so have you considered data protection? How and where will data be stored? Have you received permission from parents/carers to do so? I would be uncomfortable with my child being filmed
  23. Home Visits - Would you go alone?

    yeah I work for some children's centres in Kent there's more to our actual policy mind
  24. First aid

    This is currently under consultation with the following proposal: 'This consultation document proposes to make it a requirement, in addition to existing EYFS requirements, that newly qualified early years staff (with a full and relevant level 2 or level 3 childcare qualification) must have either a full PFA or an emergency PFA (for the proposed content of this training see para 18) certificate before they can be included in the required adult: child ratios in an early years setting (including private, voluntary and independent providers; and schools).' (https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/paediatric-first-aid-eyfs-statutory-framework-amendments page 6 of document) I think it's meant to come into practice this year
  25. Home Visits - Would you go alone?

    I would go alone, but only if the correct procedure were in place, and only at my discretion. By correct procedure, I mean that I have an agreed timeline with my manager/supervisor/colleagues stating when I will be meeting the family and when I will be leaving and my exact location. If I have not phoned in within 15 minutes after my agreed leaving time, someone should call me to check on me. If all is good, lovely, if I am unreachable or give a predetermined key phrase on the phone I want the police called immediately. Everything needs planning. I realise this all sounds a bit dreary since you have to cover for the worst case scenario, but actually I wouldn't be bothered about doing home visits alone at all. This isn't the same for everyone of course and perhaps my gender plays a role