16 Jul 2010

What Animal Are You?

I recently attended a group interview to work in a nursery setting, and one of the questions they asked was “Which animal would you be, and why?” How random, and deeply psychological! How to answer in an
6 Jul 2010

Government Unveils Wide-ranging Review Of The Early Years Foundation Stage

A review of the Early Years Foundation Stage! What do we think this means? From the Department for Education, 6 July 2010: Children’s Minister Sarah Teather today asked Dame Clare Tickell, Chief Executive of Action for Children,
23 Apr 2010

The EYPS Gateway Review

Part of achieving the Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) involves going through the EYPS Gateway Review. The course providers make a really big deal out of it, which can be a little daunting at first. However, the
7 Apr 2010

Dealing With Challenging Behaviour In Children

While reading up on Theories of Cognitive Development (sounds fun, I know!), I came across something very interesting: ‘Punishment has to be severe, consistent and immediate to effectively stop challenging behaviour in the long term.’ Of course,
30 Mar 2010

Little Bunny Foo Foo!

It’s Easter, and every nursery is busy with Easter stories, activities and decorations! Personally, I’ve always thought of Easter as a big marketing scheme by Cadbury to sell chocolate eggs. But did you know that the eggs (and
5 Mar 2010

Dressing Up For Nursery

Ever felt really silly or out of place? Working with kids, I get that silly feeling all the time! Like when I’m letting the girls ‘do my hair’, or helping the boys on with their dresses because
21 Feb 2010

3 Mistakes I’ve Made When Talking To Parents

I’m very eager to write up my recent thoughts on how a child got lost during a nursery outing, as well as some really interesting theories of child development. However, life’s been hectic as usual, and I
4 Feb 2010

What Do You Think About Education In Malaysia?

First off, for a really good overview of the educational choices available in Malaysia, read this article by David BC Tan: Between a rock and a hard place I don’t have any children of my own (at
2 Feb 2010

Is The Early Childhood Profession For You?

Featuring Shara Lawrence-Weiss, founder of Personal Child Stories and Mommy Perks. Shara has a background in education, early childhood, freelance, special needs, nanny work and marketing. She resides in Northern Arizona with her husband and three children. Many
24 Jan 2010

Communicating With Your Baby: Baby Signs

The world’s leading sign language program for hearing babies Article by Jamie Solomon, Director of Baby Signs Malaysia and Certified Instructor of the Baby Signs(R) Program for BabyBook (reprinted here with permission from Jamie Solomon) Your baby’s crying