Literacy in Early Years 

My son always asks me, “Why are letters so important, Mummy?” This is a fair comment at his age; only a few words make sense when trying to read and even reading is still matching pictures, making out the sounds, recognising letters and developing words. When he reads to us he looks at the pictures and…

Teach a Child to Understand the World in Early Years

What an important life skill it is to understand the world in the early years. In the British curriculum this is a key area for EYFS defined as follows: Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places,…

Fine Motor Skills in Early Years

In the early years fine motor skills involve a refined use of the small muscles controlling the hand, fingers, and thumb. The development of these skills allows one to be able to complete tasks such as writing, drawing, and buttoning in there later years. Which are important to start developing in the early years. During…

Building Gross Motor Skills in Early Years

What is Gross motor skills and why is it so important you ask? Gross motor skills are the abilities usually acquired during infancy and early childhood as part of a child’s motor development. By the time they reach two years of age, almost all children are able to stand up, walk and run, walk up stairs, etc. These skills are built upon,…

Mathematics Foundations in Early Years

There are many ways children learn mathematics, in early years one of the most important areas is recognition of numbers, sorting and counting. This can be done through sorting colours, in number groups and using different themes. Developing children experiences and allowing them to use their senses whilst learning can be beneficial whether it be…

Sensory Play in Early Years

Children have a natural instinct to use their hands whether it be with sand, water, dirt, rice, dry pasta or other substance like play dough. Through many studies sensory play has been found to foster the development of many foundation areas of a child from; Language development With language through sensory play they are creating…

Education through Early Years

There are many views on early education from the play based to structured curriculum learning throughout the world. However there is universal learning which starts at the foundation years. This requires children to build on their senses, knowledge and experiences. Many children when learning internationally (international schools) are referred to as ‘Third Culture Kids’ this is…