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3 little words I am longing to hear – Thrill, Will, Skill!

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When it comes to really effective teaching and learning in Early Years, high level engagement will give you high level attainment. But what does high level engagement look like? How is it different to high level compliance? Well, when children are working with an adult on the carpet or in play – high  level engagement is often easy to see …

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Odd Socks, Pencil Grips and 25% off Stabilo

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With 3 boys in the Bryce-Clegg household, we seem to have a forever growing mountain of odd socks. Despite all of our best attempts to keep them together, it seems that most socks just prefer to live apart. One of the pair always favouring the washing basket and the other, more adventurous partner, opting for a life on the run! …

alistair@abcdoes.comOdd Socks, Pencil Grips and 25% off Stabilo

Granny’s Teeth – Please Return to the Tooth Fairy!

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This week we are following the exploits of Granny’s Teeth when they paid a visit to Playbox Day Nursery in Folkstone where Sarah and her team had some fun with them. This is what they got up to…   It took some thought on how to start this project with it being the start of a new term and lots of …

alistair@abcdoes.comGranny’s Teeth – Please Return to the Tooth Fairy!
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St Mark’s Pre-School Sydney

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When I visited Australia in the Summer I worked with lots of brilliant settings and met some amazing practitioners. One of my favourite spaces was St Mark’s Pre-School in Sydney. I am really pleased that I have managed to persuade Tinna (the Director of St Mark’s) to tell me a bit more about their ethos. St Marks is situated in …

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Granny’s Teeth or Father Christmas’s?

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Granny’s Teeth are back! For this weeks post they made their way to Lyme Community Primary School’s Foundation Stage, where it turns out that they actually belonged to Father Christmas! Granny’s Teeth. A surprise package arrived at the Nursery. The children were all excited and couldn’t wait to see what was in it. First of all we passed it round …

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DIY Water Play Frame

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After showing a picture of this at a couple of conferences this week I have had a few emails and Facebook messages asking me how you do it, so here is a very quick tutorial. Rest assured it is REALLY easy. After all I managed to make this one and my DIY skills are zero! The frame can be used …

alistair@abcdoes.comDIY Water Play Frame