The Yellow Door Blog

Sorting the forest (school) from the trees

Much has been said about the phenomenon of Forest School in recent years. Many practitioners, parents and children across the UK will probably be able to tell you about a nearby forest school or give examples of what a forest school session might include. However, the key question in the forest school community is:

In order to protect and nurture this inspirational movement, how do we define what Forest School really is?

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Getting Underway with Heuristic Play

Heuristic play for young children is based on open-ended resources that can be explored and investigated, and that encourage hypothesising (predicting what might happen). Such free exploration helps children to discovery things that make the world comprehensible, increases their cognitive development, supports their hand/eye co-ordination and helps them become resilient learners.

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What is a Schema?

A schema is …

  • … a pattern of repeated behaviour that can be observed through play and exploration.
  • … a child’s way of exploring meaning in what they are doing.
  • … the way in which a child is learning and making sense of the world.

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10 top tips for feeling well and staying well

As a teaching practitioner, you spend a huge amount of time giving out to others and, hopefully, getting a great deal of joy from this. Seeing children grow in all sorts of ways is incredibly fulfilling. In order to sustain this commitment, you need to keep well. With the summer offering a little space, here are 10 top tips to help you maintain your energy levels, motivation and health.

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10 ways to become a nature-nurturing nursery

As educators we need to prepare children for the world they will inherit. We do so not with dire warnings, but by encouraging in children a sense of joy in the natural world, helping them to care for and respect it. With such delight comes a sense of the world’s precious nature and of our need to cherish it for others. Understanding this is the motivation for making small changes that will create more environmentally responsible settings.

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M is for Montessori – recommended resources

A Montessori nursery follows the philosophies and teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori.  It is designed to take advantage of the sensitive years between the ages of three and five, when the child is most able to absorb information from his environment.

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Room for 2

Many two-year olds will spend more time with you in your setting than they do with their own parents, so it’s important to provide a caring and supportive environment where your children feel they belong. It needs to be thoughtfully laid out as well as practical.

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The importance of sensory play in children aged 3+

From birth, children continually explore and process every bit of new information, in order to make sense of the world around them.  We think nothing of surrounding a baby with an array of tactile materials and resources, to squish, press, rattle, and put in their mouths but – apart from being fun – sensory play is beneficial for children of all ages.

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