March 2019

Let’s get inclusive!

"I wrote my first inclusive title, ‘A Day at the Zoo’ 14 years ago. Feedback is excellent, everyone loves the concept and 8,000 copies of the first editions have been sold." Hattie and Friends author Lesley Berrington talks about the importance of inclusivity and how society is changing. 


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Getting to grips with loose parts play

Children will tinker for hours with obscure objects; a tin of mixed buttons, a box of empty jars and their lids, a pile of pebbles in the garden and with the use of 'loose parts play' children can explore, create and imagine. Anna who runs Little Stars Childminding and has her Tinker Tray Play business on the side, talks about the benefits of loose parts play. 


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PACEY policy - March

Welcome to PACEY’s regular policy update, which provides a summary of the latest policy developments in England and Wales concerning childcare and early years, and how we are representing your views to key decision makers.


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My home as a playground!

For a childminder, maintaining your home as a functioning space and a safe, learning environment is no easy feat, especially when you are continuously trying to encourage physical development. Helen Battelley from Music and Movement talks about some practical ways you can support physical development in your homes. 


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Ready, Steady, Goal! Setting targets that children can achieve

Recently, in the middle of doing a chore I had a momentary pause. I suddenly thought to myself, “Don’t do that, your future self will not be happy”. This in turn had me thinking about how ‘Do that, their future selves will be very happy’ can help in our day-to-day work with young children.


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The importance of STEM learning

STEM learning is the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and maths and is part of our everyday lives. So why has STEM learning not been as significantly regarded as other subjects such as english? We talk to Maria Serveta, Audience Researcher at the Science Museum and Dr Sally Moomaw, an author and Professor of Early Childhood Education with a speciality in mathematics and science.


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Get your garden spring ready

The spring equinox this year falls on Tuesday 20 March – marking the start of some longer days and hopefully better weather. Spring is a positive season all round, there is nothing more hopeful than the sight of daffodils nodding their happy yellow heads in the breeze, the sun warming your face encouraging you to get outside, play and learn with the children to improve their development.  


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