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Sharpen your mind with the latest opinion, evidence and analysis, helping you make sense of the early years curriculum, research, policy and practice.

Cane Enable – Reflections on the Joys of Denmaking

Guest Blog by Den Maker and Community Artist, Graham Marsden

Den Making by Graham MarsdenYoung children love dens, in fact most people love dens. I’ve been making dens with people of all ages for many years, but mostly with children within early years, and there is a common phenomenon. As soon as the framework has been made there is always a rush of excited children to sit ‘inside’. And as soon as the frame is covered the excitement and activity level increases by several notches. What’s happening to produce this same effect with dens and young children time and again?

Discovering the magic of early years theatre – part 3

The third in a series of reviews of early years theatre by Ruth Churchill Dower

I’ve had the unusual privilege of experiencing three early years theatre shows in one week – how exciting! Being the glutton that I am for hunting down excellent quality work, I had high expectations and wasn’t at all disappointed by any of the three pieces I saw. This is the final one of three reviews, highlighting some of the key features of the magic of early years theatre. So grab a coffee and your diary in case you want to book your own private viewing!

Discovering the Magic of Early Years Theatre – Part 2

The second in a series of reviews of early years theatre by Ruth Churchill Dower

I’ve had the unusual privilege of experiencing three early years theatre shows in one week – how exciting! Being the glutton that I am for hunting down excellent quality work, I had high expectations and wasn’t at all disappointed by any of the three pieces I saw. Over three weeks, I’m bringing you a review of each one in turn, and highlighting some of the key features of the magic of early years theatre. So grab a coffee and your diary in case you want to book your own private viewing!

Waste is Treasure

Guest blog from Emma Pace, Director of House of Objects

How waste can be a powerful learning resource in early education

Emma Pace is a creative artist who has worked for over 20 years nurturing children’s creativity opportunities and demonstrating creative approaches to early learning.

Discovering the Magic of Early Years Theatre–Part 1

The first in a series of reviews of early years theatre by Ruth Churchill Dower

I’ve had the unusual privilege of experiencing three early years theatre shows in one week – how exciting! Being the glutton that I am for hunting down excellent quality work, I had high expectations and wasn’t at all disappointed by any of the three pieces I saw. Over the next three weeks, I’ll bring you a review of each one in turn, and highlight some of the key features of the magic of early years theatre. So grab a coffee and your diary in case you want to book your own private viewing!

How Our Cooperative Preschool Works

International Guest Blog from Teacher Tom Hobson, preschool teacher at Woodland Park Co-operative Preschool, writer, speaker, artist and author

One of my college courses included learning about various models of early childhood education. My classmates were mostly public school teachers earning continuing education credits. For several classes running we listened as guest speakers detailed the theory and practice of such approaches as Waldorf, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Hi/Scope. When it came time to learn about the cooperative model we heard from our own Val Donato (former director of the North Seattle Community College Parent Education Department).

What children have taught me about theatre

Guest blog from Thom Browing, Associate Artistic Director at Imaginary Theatre.

Working in early childhThomBrowningBlogPicture6ood education centres is integral to our work at Imaginary Theatre. We utilise these dynamic spaces as a source of inspiration, research, and consultation in creating performances for early years audiences. Over the past years, we have been thinking a lot about what we have learnt from children in these settings, and in particular, about our non-verbal ‘first language’ which is so clearly visible in the play of young children (by non-verbal we simply mean without structured speech, and acknowledge that babies and young children have plenty of verbal sounds they use to communicate prior to this stage).

Drama versus Storytelling – what’s the difference in early years?

Guest blog by Drama Worker, Theatre Writer and Director Peter Wynne Wilson

When Earlyarts offered me the chance to write a guest blog, the suggestion was that I might highlight an aspect of the way theatre and role play can help bridge divisions in the lives of young children, and I had a sudden realisation.  I cannot remember when I last talked about either ‘theatre’ or ‘role-play’ in an early years setting.  Even ‘drama’, which is after all what I studied, and what I am trained to do, seldom gets a mention.  It got me to wondering why this is.