I hope that’s not a gun!

alistair@abcdoes.com Boys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, construction, Creativity, Role Play, Talk, Weapon and Superhero Play 14 Comments

When I first trained to teach in Early Years, gun play was definitely off limits. We were told that there should be a zero tolerance to it as it encouraged children to be rough and aggressive. Any sign of a child wielding any thing that might have even been slightly mistaken for a gun had to be dealt with quickly …

Trip to The Ark – Pack Away Play Group

alistair@abcdoes.com Child Initiated Learning, Continuous Provision, Creativity, Environment, Role Play, Uncategorized, Water Play 3 Comments

Last week I had the great pleasure to get to go and just play at The Ark pack away play group in my local village. The Ark is run by Sally, Nigel and Janice who some of you will know better from Facebook as ‘Early Years Mathematics and Literacy’. If you haven’t come across their page before, have a look …

ABC Does…. New Conference Dates and Destinations.

alistair@abcdoes.com Boys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, Conferences, Continuous Provision, Creativity, Environment, EYFS Policy and Practice, Nurseries, Outdoors, Planning and Assessment, Role Play, Talk, Transition, Weapon and Superhero Play 8 Comments

I have just added some more conference dates for 2017 and 2018. Also, as well as our regular destinations we have added a few new ones like Leicester, Cambridge, Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff and Chester. All of the details for the training, content and a booking form can be found on the conferences tab on the blog. It would be BRILLIANT …

What do you do in your Role Play Space?

alistair@abcdoes.com Environment, Role Play, Uncategorized 9 Comments

This week on my travels I was working with the Nursery team at Church Drive Primary. We were looking at lots of aspects of F1 practice including environment and set up for this time of the year. The F1 space there is small, but perfectly formed! Kathryn and her team have worked really hard to make the space feel as purposeful and linked to …