Professional Development

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The Importance of Stories for Children with EAL

What is EAL? EAL refers to English as an Additional Language. It is a term used to describe the teaching of English to students who have not learned it as their first language. EAL could refer to students who were born in, or have lived in the UK for a long time, but who speak another language at home and may not be as fluent in English which may affect their literacy levels. It may also refer to bi-lingual children. Irrespective of the child’s proficiency in English, the Department of... Read More

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Special Education Needs Career Guide

This blog has been written by Senploy. If you are looking to further progress your career, find your dream job in Special Education (SEND), or see what opportunities are out there, then is the go-to platform for jobs in SEND. Take a look today and see what you can find at Senploy. Around 351,000 children aged 0-17 have a learning disability in the UK. The job outlook for special education teachers is expected to grow by 8% in 2030. This guide is designed to help you make sense of... Read More

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6 Activity Ideas For World Book Day

World Book Day is just around the corner and it’s the biggest celebration of its kind. We celebrate World Book Day to salute authors, books, illustrators and to give all young children the opportunity to read and explore books of all kinds. From dressing up, face paint and – of course – reading, you can embrace World Book Day in your own creative way, and we want to make sure you have a full day of exciting World Book Day activities, whether you’re at home or in the classroom! Pick... Read More


What Do Behaviour and Mark Making in the Early Years Have in Common?

Enjoyment and Success in Both Relies on Strong Physical Development. This article has been written by Ellie Collar from Early Years SEN. As an early years person, when I work with primary aged children struggling with their attention or their impulse control or their handwriting (or spelling, or reading) they almost always show insecure gaps in their early development that weren’t successfully filled in their early years. Their development is working like a jenga tower: no matter how excellent a teacher is, as they go on balancing carefully taught formal... Read More

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Why Don’t They All Learn Well Through Play?

This article has been written by Ellie Collar from Early Years SEN. I am an early years practitioner and I have worked with Flitters. You know the children who play like butterflies, circling the play environment but never really engaging with anything long enough to extend their play or use the language you planned for it to stimulate? Those children who play well if an adult is there to extend and model, but drift away once the adult leaves? Those children who live for the bikes outside and spend much... Read More


How To Record Stories & Boost a Child’s Storytelling Skills

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days Telling stories is what makes us human, we all tell them every day but how do we first learn to tell stories? We regularly say that children are natural storytellers. They hear stories everywhere and they use them to make sense of the world and solve their problems. Their brains are like sponges and they absorb everything going on around them which is why it’s so important to read to them from a very early... Read More


How Can Stories Help Bridge Cultural Differences?

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days Stories are such a powerful tool, they can help us to make sense of the world and each other. This is because we are hardwired to learn this way and that’s why there is no better way to help young children learn about each other and each other’s cultures. Although we live in a very multi-cultural society there are just as many similarities between us as there are differences and using stories, especially fairytales, from... Read More

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How to Use Stories to Boost Multicultural Literacy

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days It doesn’t matter where we’re from or what our cultural background is a story has the power to unite us and help us understand one another. A story helps us celebrate our cultural diversity and to teach children respect and tolerance for others. A story can help children learn about the world they live in and the different cultures. If you are telling a story from a different country, eg. a different version of a... Read More

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Taking Storytime Back to Nature

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days  Tonya and Natasha will be in Manchester on Friday 28th June delivering two workshops ‘Introducing Maths with Stories‘ and ‘Taking Stories Outside‘. >> Learn more It’s great to be able to make the most of the summer weather, and I’m sure we’re all hoping for a repeat of last year! Children love all that fresh air but sometimes it’s just too hot to be running around, so what better way of helping them cool down then getting them to create and tell stories outside? There are lots of ways you can make up stories just by... Read More


NEW Workshops Announced!

Brand New Workshops with the Wonderful Anne Rodgers We’re delighted to announce that on Monday 15th July we’ll be heading back to Trafford Park, Manchester for some wonderful workshops delivered by the fantastic Anne Rodgers. Anne is an Early Years consultant and author who has 36 years’ experience with the early years sector. She is also the author of some of our most popular blogs including Sensory Play in the Early Years. Want to attend both sessions? Book a Full Day Ticket for just £60 Join us at the Holiday Inn for Sensory Play and the Early Years followed by Schemas Planning for... Read More