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Moving forward intergenerationally: Growing together while being apart

Moving forward intergenerationally

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic there had been a real growth in the practice of intergenerational learning, with many early years providers developing beneficial partnerships with elder care settings in their community. The evidence-based benefits include improvements in children’s speech and language skills, confidence, well-being and self-esteem. With results like these, it is very important that we maintain contact between our children and the older adult community during this period, and that we develop new strategies for them to communicate meaningfully with each other. In this way we will not only keep the connections that we have made, we will also continue to expand the important work of intergenerational learning and build increasingly connected communities.

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What is maths mastery in the Early Years?

How do you know when a child has mastered something? When a young child is learning to walk, we would not say they have mastered walking when they take their first wobbly step. We would say ‘mastery of walking’ is when they can do it forwards, backwards, uphill, when tired, around objects, on different surfaces and holding someone’s hand. It is the same when mastering an aspect of mathematics. A child has mastered counting to ten when they have a deep understanding of the numbers to ten. This means that they understand the sequence (order), quantities, properties and relationships between numbers 0–10, and they can play around with these and use them in different contexts. It takes time to develop depth of understanding and it is important that children are provided with the time and resources to explore and enjoy number.

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Recommended reading for uncertain times

As we continue to live in difficult times, stories can be a way to help young and old to find understanding, reassurance and hope. As young children navigate unusual circumstances, sharing picture books can be a way to help with themes such as friendship, fear, loss, love and change.

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How to support children going back to settings after lockdown, socially and emotionally

Lockdown came upon us all suddenly! Loss of the normal routines and rhythms of life, maybe loss of jobs and income, perhaps the death of loved ones – along with the fear of catching Coronavirus – has meant we were plunged headlong into a corporate grief and trauma. We have all seen and have most likely experienced some symptoms of grief at different times throughout this period: shock, denial, anger, sadness, depression, and a level of acceptance.

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The importance of maintaining intergenerational connections

I read a very interesting article the other day that challenged the use of the term ‘social distancing’ to describe our relationships with others outside our household during the current coronavirus pandemic. The article maintained that the term that should have been used by Government was ‘spatial distancing’ because the aim is not to distance ourselves socially from people but to distance ourselves physically from them in order to avoid putting ourselves at risk.

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Self-regulation: the basics

What is self-regulation?

Self-regulation is the means by which we control our responses to a situation. It involves understanding our emotions and developing strategies to manage them. It also incorporates being able to think a problem through and plan how to approach it.

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