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5 Practical Ways to Support Mud Play

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5 Practical Ways to Support Mud Play
Sometimes I hear from educators that mud play is too much work, that the inevitable clean-up is too hard, that the time spent is too long. But I have to ask the question - what else are we doing that is more important?

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Embracing Infectious Joy

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Embracing Infectious Joy

  I was sitting at the traffic lights when he caught my eye. He stood there, with his dog, waiting to cross the road. Headphones in ears, leash in hand, he began to move. It started out a gentle nod of the head, presumably in response to the beat of the music. And then it evolved into a more active kind of dance. I could tell he was getting into the music, and it filled me with a complete sense of what could only be described as joy. I felt a smile spread across my face. And then I noticed...

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Return, and Return Again: How Revisiting Natural Spaces Benefits Children

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Return, and Return Again: How Revisiting Natural Spaces Benefits Children
What does it mean to return to the same natural spaces again and again with children? How does it benefit them, and the big question - won't they get bored?

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Making the Most of Team Meetings

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Making the Most of Team Meetings

"People aren't washing up their own lunch dishes"  "The laundry door needs a new handle - should we get a round one or a different type" (cue 9 minutes of discussion on handle specification) There are plenty more examples, but this is just two. Two examples of wasted time in team meetings. Okay - stay with me. I know it is important to work out who is dumping their dirty coffee cup on the side of the sink, or leaving their slimy salad bowl in the staff room, but there are better ways.  Let's start at the beginning.    Why do we...

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Should we put a stop to end of year gifting?

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Should we put a stop to end of year gifting?

  Well, it's that time of year again. Things are winding down, and the end of year gifts are ramping up. This is the time of year where see some variant on these questions being asked regularly:  What should we give the children as an end of year gift?  What should we get the children to make for families as a gift?  What should I get my child's educator as a gift?    Let's be clear - I like the idea of gifting. In fact, our Inspired EC team decided to do a secret santa this year, and given that...

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