Category Archives: Early Years

On the Wildness of Children

There is some dawning awareness these days of the insanity of raising children almost entirely indoors….. A thought provoking essay by Carol Black, writer, filmmaker and director of the documentary film Schooling the World. Read On the Wildness of Children … Continue reading

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School’s Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten

No classroom for these school children: this documentary film takes us to a forest kindergarten in Switzerland where children age 4 to 7 spend every day outside in the forest. This is a thought-provoking film about public education in early … Continue reading

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Educational Visits & Journeys Guidance Revised November 2015

A revised version of the LA’s educational visits guidelines is now available entitled “Organising Visits & Journeys: Educational Visits and Outdoor Education Standards and Guidelines ”. It is dated November 2015. This replaces the previous edition dated March 2011. Please … Continue reading

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First aid training to be made compulsory for new nursery recruits

Information from the DfE: New nursery and pre-school staff will be required to undertake paediatric first aid for the first time, according to new government proposals. The plans have received the support of parents Joanne and Dan Thompson, who have … Continue reading

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Educational Visits Co-ordinator (EVC) Training Courses 2015

Three dates are now available for this training for 2015. It is particularly suitable for Educational Visits Co-ordinators (EVCs) new to the role and others involved in the management of educational visits. This course, developed by the Outdoor Education Advisers’ … Continue reading

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Barnsley Museums Primary Schools Programme

Barnsley Museums primary schools programme is offering 10 workshops across five sites -Cooper Gallery, Cannon Hall Museum, Worsbrough Mill, Elsecar Heritage Centre and Experience Barnsley: Learning with Barnsley Museums gives children the chance to discover the world by uncovering unique objects … Continue reading

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Wild About Plants – Bee Scene Free Educational Resources

Information from Plantlife.org.uk: We are delighted to let you know that during 2014 Plantlife will have free hard copies of  Bee Scene educational resources to distribute to primary schools. The resources support an investigation to discover whether a local green space … Continue reading

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Applications for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Mark Award close on 11th April 2014

The new round of applications for educational establishments wishing to gain the national Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Mark award closes on 11th April 2014. LOtC Mark is the first national accreditation for schools, nurseries and other educational establishments which … Continue reading

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Barnsley Museums, Galleries & Country Parks: Educational Visits

Barnsley Museums consist of 5 sites – Cooper Art Gallery, Experience Barnsley Museum & Discovery Centre, Worsbrough Country Museum & Country Park, Cannon Hall Museum Park & Gardens and Elsecar Heritage Centre. For the 2013/2014 academic year, we are offering … Continue reading

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Free Lesson Plans from RSPCA

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) provides free lesson plans for teachers along with supporting resources, materials and worksheets, all downloadable from their web site. There are currently more than 90 lesson plans available supported … Continue reading

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