New Resources

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TAGTIV8 – a resource to review.

This is a really interesting and innovative approach that effectively combines physical activity with skills linked to literacy and numeracy. Although aimed at the Primary sector – the TED talk is definitely worth viewing and the approach to learning promoted here has some very clear links to the experiential learning so critical in the Early Years.


An innovative approach to baby swimming

Acknowledging the entire experience for parents, babies and young children of arriving at the pool, getting changed, entering the water and moving in a different element – this approach promotes swimming as an important part of experiential learning rather than a necessary physical skill.


Playing Out: A Children’s Commissioner’s report on the importance to children of play and physical activity

A succinct but useful report – not much included that we didn’t already know – and the same old recommendations are trotted out, e.g. ‘Government: recognize the importance of play and activity for children’s physical and mental health’ – since when did ‘recognising’ drive effective action? But it highlights the very real concerns children have about their community facilities – and the barriers they face in finding opportunities to be physical that work for them.


Changing Children’s Chances – Understanding child disadvantage

Some interesting new research from Australia – the ‘Changing Children’s Chances’ project ‘aimed to identify patterns in children’s experiences of disadvantage over time and quantify the long-lasting impact of disadvantage’. A multi-partner initiative – there are some findings here that may resonate and provide some useful data for related studies.


Infographics from PHE

New – useful – infographics from PHE. Core health messages for pregnant women and children from birth to school age.


Latest Obesity Statistics

These are the most current obesity statistics available – those for the Reception year should be noted.


Early Childhood Education for Sustainability

Liverpool John Moores University has developed innovative resources for the Early Years sector in support of our contribution to Early Childhood Education for Sustainability.


Have a look at these 2 minute films - quite a revelation!

As the filmmaker and photographer Jacob Krupnik says: 'There's a tendency to protect our kids from any potential sources of harm, shower them with praise and carefully curate every experience – what happens when we lower our guard and trust things will be alright?' He describes the films as 'playful pieces'  – but the subtext is also important: 'kids are strange, mysterious little people – and they need a bit of danger in their lives – they are built for adventure.' It is fascinating to see how they manage themselves independently in a range of completely unsupervised situations, and how much they enjoy being given free rein – f only for a short while.