The Early Years of education allow for a great foundation to education, with creativity and opportunities to embed children’s enthusiasm to learning in the hand of the many inspired professionals who work with them. We have been aware of some great ideas from practitioners who share their work in online blogs. So, following a conversation via twitter, we have highlighted some fantastic blogs focusing on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which are worth exploring by colleagues looking for great ideas and inspiration.
The list is compiled over several pages, and in alphabetic order. Last updated April 2016. Please advise @UKEdChat if you notice any links broken, or blogs which are no longer active.
- ABC Does at http://www.abcdoes.com/
Despite the many prejudices that remain in society, it is fantastic to see a man blogging about working in the Early Years, with Alistair Bryce-Clegg sharing many practical ideas which are easily workable for younger children. Check out the DIY Water Play Frame, which is certain to keep youngsters amused for hours – and really easy to set up.
- Clare’s Little Tots at http://www.clareslittletots.co.uk/
A brilliant, and packed blog managed by Leeds child-minder, Clare Maher. Regularly updated with tips, advice and activity ideas, this blog is full of inspiration for practitioners who work with young children in any setting.
- Coombe Mill at http://www.coombemill.com/blog/
This facility offers Farm experiences for young children, allowing them to explore farm animals and a farmyard way of life. The blog shows the experiences youngsters experience around their farm, with some easily adaptable for an early years or classroom setting (we loved the sensory leaf activity).
- Creative Star Learning at http://creativestarlearning.co.uk/
Authored by the inspirational Juliet Robertson, this blog focusing on outdoor learning with super ideas to develop literacies and numeracy activities.
- Forest Factor at http://forestfactor2014.weebly.com/
The are great opportunities for Early Years (and all of us) to learn through Forest Schools, and this website/blog shares many experiences for young children to explore and learn within a safe, forest environment. Backed up with research and further readings, this blog explores different issues and activities for outdoor learning.
- Imagination Tree at http://theimaginationtree.com/
Despite the ads, this is a cracking Early Years web resource packed with activities and ideas all sorted into handy categories. Anna Ranson maintains the site, with the focus on learning through play, and the site certainly is a treasure trove of great ideas.
- Inside the Secret Garden at http://juliangrenier.blogspot.co.uk/
Curated by Julian Grenier, this blog challenges and explores many policy decisions affecting early years practitioners and settings. As a Headteacher, author, researcher, national chair Early Education, Julian offers opinions and advice for this sector.
- Interaction Imagination at http://interactionimagination.blogspot.se/
Created in Sweden by Suzanne Axelsson, this blog shows the early years practices which happen in a Swedish setting, with ideas and inspiration which are easily adaptable for settings across the globe.
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