smalltalk – spring 2014

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smalltalk…supporting the early years sector in Wales for over 30-years.

Published quarterly since spring 1986 and mailed free of charge to all Wales PPA members, smalltalk is the must-read title for early years education and childcare providers in Wales.

Our 24-page, full colour magazine is packed full of articles to inspire you to embed and inform high-quality practice, whilst continuing to run a successful business.

This issue we’ve got some super features, informative news items, free resources to download, and £50 is available to one lucky reader. Also, your membership renewal form is nestled in the centre pages – you’ll need this to continue membership with us.

In the news section, easyfundraising provides a lemon squeezy way to raise funds for your setting from simply buying things on the net, and The Communication Trust talk about their free downloadable resources on children’s communication.

For this issue’s Foundation Phase: Talking Point, Sharman Morgan examines continuous play environments and offers practical tips to assist the delivery of the curriculum in pack-away provisions.

Loose parts play is a phrase we’re hearing more and more of, but what is it? In our special feature starting on page 10, Deborah Fielden delves into the topic of open ended resources that stimulate children’s learning and development.

Using person-centred planning and one-page profiles is important to support pre-school children, early years additional educational needs advisory teacher Anne
Drewett explains why on page 14.

Other articles include detailed advice on creating safe sleeping environments for babies; the dangers of colourful liquid laundry capsules, with warning posters to download and display; and promoting your business online while keeping your provision’s details updated in real-time.

Want to win a £50 shopping voucher? Turn to page 17 for your chance to secure one for your setting in this edition’s competition.

Want a discount? Become a member by purchasing Combined Under 5/Toddler Group, Out of School - Childcare Clubs, Individual, Corporate or Full Day Care Membership, or log in if you are a member.