Inspirational Insights 39th Edition

Welcome to Inspirational Insights - The monthly modicum of meanderings from MBK Training. Hopefully, you're aware that there are changes coming an EYFS near you in the next couple of years. Well, we have had our first look at the changes this month, with a selection of pilot schools being given the new EYFS ready for next year. You can see a copy here. Obviously, this isn't the final document but we can get an idea of the changes, … [Read more...]

Inspirational Insights 38th Edition

Welcome to Inspirational Insights - The monthly modicum of meanderings from MBK Training. GDPR & the EYFS Of the many questions being asked about the GDPR changes, a couple stuck out to me: Can we have children's names on the wall with their artwork? Can we have information about children (such as an allergy) on display for staff? These questions are interesting, they err on the side of ridiculous - should we meet GDPR while … [Read more...]

STEM at Madresfield Early Years Centre

I promised that in my next blog (here and then here for the previous two) I would start to give some suggestions of how I would incorporate STEM subjects into Early Years.  I've not quite finished that off yet, and something exciting came along that makes an exciting interlude. I was lucky enough to be invited to speak (about STEM of course!) at Madresfield Early Years Centre during their special event to celebrate 25 years of being open on … [Read more...]

STEM – Why is it important in Early Years?

Not that long ago, I wrote a brief blog explaining what STEM meant, you can find it here.  Today I'm going to list the reasons why I think it is an important area to work on in Early Years.  I'm going to make a special effort not to waffle on for ages, so I'm going to keep it to shortish bullet points! STEM subjects are criminally under represented in the EYFS.  For subjects that give children a greater understanding of the world around … [Read more...]

Inspirational Insights 37th Edition

Welcome to Inspirational Insights - The monthly modicum of meanderings from MBK Training. We find it hard to deal with change, like most people we presume, so when they changed the size and price of soft drinks, we had a good moan in the office. The sugar tax may be used to add £26 million to support breakfast clubs though, so that's something! But maybe some things should change; NCTs (SATs) in KS1 for example, or the amount of … [Read more...]