An Invitation To Read

Book corners and reading are so important in early years, yet for some children, books don’t hold their interest. So let’s invite them to our book corner, or let’s have books where these children like to play and learn.


Here the ark with pairs are a great learning opportunity for playing and learning. The area is comfy for those who want to hug the sofa early on, and related stories are there to tempt our young readers.


Here the theme in the book corner is wrapped around the rhyme of Hickory Dickory Dock. There’s a basket of musical instruments nearby, just out of shot to maximise the potential of the book corner. Both pictures remind me of ABCdoes website when Alistair Bryce Clegg talks of Thrill, will, skill. Make learning thrilling giving children the will to learn early years skills. Entice them in, enjoy those books!

Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle…really, don’t

 Calling  my first Pre-School Sparkles, I have to admit was my husbands idea (darn it!) but I have to  say, I love it. The word sparkle is so powerful. When you think of children sparkling in early years, it cunjours pictures of confident shining children who thrive at what they do, playing and achieving next steps. They  are  happy with high self esteem, they have fun and are fun to be with. With sparkling children I need sparkling staff, who will keep and sustain the sparkle in the children. Ok, so my second Pre-School isn’t called Sparkles (which makes my life far easier) and it being the same name as my niece, and historically embedded in St Mildred’s Church as Millies Pre School, I didn’t have the heart to change it’s original name. However, my Pre-Schools both shine and Sparkle. So don’t let anyone dull your Sparkle. I’ve let no one dull my two little gems!


This morning spent time with my staff reviewing their work and discussing their professional development. It’s good to talk! Two members of staff mentioned the same aspect of our practice and the value of it. So we reviewed the value of focus activities for next steps. Are they necessary all the time or are some best steps achieved and documumentable (does that word exist) in a good observation? We came to the conclusion that this is a historic task of habitual beaurocracy which we could see by the evidence in the children’s folder was not always necessary. Reflecting on how and why we should have focus activities and to maybe think of groups of children to target with focus activities and more meaningful to children’s learning. Good reflections from staff. Love it when they question what we do! It all helps to improve practice.