Time to innovate as children return
July 24 2020
The latest Government guidance for children returning to nursery and pre-school contains reassuring steps in the right direction and provides scope to think about new ways to operate, says Sian Marsh of Best Practice Network and Gill Mason of Kids Planet Day Nurseries.
Best practice: Where progress begins
May 01 2020
Find out how practitioners who have undertaken the Early Years Initial Teacher Training programme have the skills and knowledge to maximise all children's progress in language and communication.
A cultural revolution
January 09 2020
A focus on the unique child is key to understanding how cultural capital relates to best practice. Here Sian Marsh of Best Practice Network highlights the approach of Kids Planet Day Nurseries.
Building communication and language with EAL children
March 04 2019
Shabnum Bi at Anglesey Playgroup wrote to us about her setting’s practice in communication and language to support children that mainly have English as an Additional Language (EAL).
Leading best practice as an early years teacher
March 04 2019
Maureen Lee discusses how early years teacher status can equip early childhood professionals to make a substantial, positive difference to their settings and children's lives.
Early Years teacher case study - Will Purcell
January 14 2019
I would like to use my new knowledge to give the children in my care the most exciting and engaging learning experiences, says Will Purcell
Give and take: early years provision and the community
January 08 2019
Helping children and their families become more involved in their local communities can enrich lives and learning, says Maureen Lee, an early years adviser to Best Practice Network
The amazing power of parental partnerships
December 04 2018
Sian Marsh, Best Practice Network’s Programme Director, Early Years, on how partnerships with parents make an amazing difference to children’s language and communication skills.
Major national award for early years teacher Christina
October 10 2018
Nursery manager Christina Noton is celebrating winning a major national title for her early years teaching skills – less than a year after gaining her early years teaching qualification.
Early years blog: giving children the very best start in life
April 05 2018
Hi, I am Ange Syson and I joined Best Practice Network in 2013. I mainly work as a group tutor and personal tutor on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training Programme in Leeds and York, but I occasionally work in other areas such as HLTA training. I have worked in education and training for twenty years. First as a special needs teacher and then I moved into Early Years when I started a family of my own. I thought that childminding would be an easy way to keep my hand in while being able to spend time with my own children.