Early Years’ Specialist
Alistair was head teacher of a very successful three-form entry infant school and Early Years Unit for 10 years. Alongside his headship he worked an EYFS consultant working with a diverse range of settings to help them to enhance their EYFS practice. In 2009 Alistair left headship and went into full time consultancy. He is now the proud owner of ABC Does.
Overview All children have a desire to make marks. With sticks, with crayons, with felt tips, the list is endless. There is just something very empowering about being able to leave your mark. So why do lots of children, particularly boys, find the transition from mark maker to writer so difficult and why do some […]
Overview High level engagement leads to high level attainment. When children are able to explore their own interests through play their capacity for learning is greatest. Three words that sum up this philosophy are ‘thrill’, ‘will’ and ‘skill’. Where there is no thrill, there is no will to take part. When there is no will […]
Overview Our Early Years settings should be the best place to learn and achieve. There is huge potential to really engage children in their learning through quality play experiences in a stimulating environment. All too often this potential is squeezed out of Early Years by a misguided belief that a ‘formal’ approach to teaching and […]