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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.

Technologies to help children learn: The good, the bad and the downright creative

Dr Andrew Manches discusses the role of technology in young children’s learning.

A question I often get asked is whether I think that new technologies are good for young children. Predictably, my answer is it depends. Good for having fun? Good for health? The particular focus of my research is on the role of new technologies on children’s learning. Yet even here there are many factors that will influence whether a particular digital design will benefit children. In this blog, I thought to share some of our recent research projects (http://www.children-and-technology.ed.ac.uk/) investigating young children and technology and some of my recent thoughts on what role new designs have for learning.

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!