The Early Years Staff Meeting

Sarah, Kealey and Steph

Have you ever sat through a staff meeting and thought, 'but how is this relevant to Early Years?' Do you want on-the-go CPD that supports you to develop your EYFS practice in a way that holds the best interests of the children at the heart? Would you like this delivered by passionate and experienced Early Years teachers who know the realities of working in a busy setting? Then come and join us at The Early Years Staff Meeting to explore the magic and mayhem of the EYFS. Grab a cuppa, rest those feet that you've been on all day and delve into all things Early Years with us. Learn, listen and laugh with The Early Years Staff Meeting.

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The Montessori Method:More Than Just Wooden Toys.
Mar 13 2024
The Montessori Method:More Than Just Wooden Toys.
Unlock the secrets of the Montessori method with our heartfelt exploration into the life and legacy of Maria Montessori. This episode promises a journey through her revolutionary approach to education, born from a blend of engineering, psychiatry, and keen observation. We delve into her story, the challenges she overcame, and how her vision continues to influence educators worldwide. Together, we'll uncover practical applications of the Montessori principles that can breathe new life into today’s classrooms.Step into the serene world of Montessori learning environments and discover what makes them so unique. We compare and contrast these carefully crafted spaces with traditional educational models, discussing everything from child-sized furniture to the iconic Montessori materials like the pink tower and sandpaper letters. We'll share insights on the importance of hands-on learning, the incorporation of nature, and how Montessori's methods help shape young minds to better understand mathematical concepts and develop cultural awareness.Finally, we tackle the big questions about integrating Montessori strategies into modern education. How can we maintain the integrity of Montessori’s vision while embracing technology and creativity? We explore strategies for adaptation, from personalized learning activities to conflict resolution corners, providing a fresh take on balancing tradition with contemporary educational needs. So, join us to see how Montessori's timeless practices can be tailored to benefit today's learners in diverse settings.Sources Sunshine Teacher Training on youtube Sources https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ktR43Z9UcUThe montessori Baby, Toddler and Child books by Simmone Davis and Junnifa Uzodike American Montessori Society website https://amshq.org/ Happa family- youtube account https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDs6BiaaXKiPy28wNpyUpoQ Support the showPlease check out our social media pages and website. Subscribe, like and share .https://linktr.ee/theearlyyearsstaffmeetingContact us, we would love to hear your stories, tips and hacks.
A Very Merry Early Years Christmas
Nov 29 2023
A Very Merry Early Years Christmas
Are you ready to ditch the Elf on the Shelf and shake up your in-class Christmas celebrations? In our latest episode, we share the ups and the downs of creating festive magic in schools. From nativity play mishaps to the pressures of crafting unforgettable memories for the kids, we've been there, done that, and we're sharing it all with you. As a cherry on top, we celebrate our recent download milestone and extend our gratitude to you, our esteemed listeners.We are hanging up our elf hats this year and exploring a skills-based approach to Christmas. We'll reveal why we've decided to steer clear of using Santa and his elves to manage children's behavior and how we're focusing on fostering meaningful skill development during festive activities. We've also packed our electronic guide with alternative Christmas activities designed with skill-building in mind. And amidst all the festive cheer, we are mindful of varying celebrations and circumstances, offering ideas to bring joy into scenarios where children may not be eagerly anticipating the holiday season at home.The holiday season can be a tough time for many, and we haven't shied away from this reality. We open up about our own pre-Christmas blues and share our tried and tested strategies to navigate this period. Whether it's utilising meditation apps or visualizing happier times, we hope our tips can offer some solace. As we look forward to 2024, we share our exciting plans including new guests, more content and expanded support for the early years industry. Through your feedback and continuous engagement, we aim to create a nurturing community that supports one another through the highs and lows of festive seasons. Here's to a happier, more nurturing Christmas and New Year!Support the showPlease check out our social media pages and website. Subscribe, like and share .https://linktr.ee/theearlyyearsstaffmeetingContact us, we would love to hear your stories, tips and hacks.
Instagram perfection VS reality, continuous provision part 2 and 'good enough is perfect'.
Aug 28 2023
Instagram perfection VS reality, continuous provision part 2 and 'good enough is perfect'.
Frustrated with the pressure to create Pinterest-worthy learning environments on a shoestring budget? Overwhelmed by the onslaught of Insta-perfect classrooms that make your setting feel inadequate? Join us as we vent about the unrealistic standards set by social media, and how this constant comparison affects our work in the early learning profession. This episode is a judgment-free zone where we champion authenticity over aesthetics and share how you can make the most of what you've got, even if it's not picture perfect.We delve into the practical side of things too, discussing how to maximize the use of classroom furniture for accessibility and functionality, and how you can find or repurpose inexpensive resources for engaging learning areas. Are you short on space? We've got solutions for that too, with tips on using wheels and pack and plays to navigate limited room. We also discuss the power of labelling and the innovative use of shadowing to help keep things tidy. Towards the end we share a mindful moment about the power of mantras. So take a deep breath, let go of the unrealistic expectations, and join us for a candid conversation about what truly matters in early learning.Support the showPlease check out our social media pages and website. Subscribe, like and share .https://linktr.ee/theearlyyearsstaffmeetingContact us, we would love to hear your stories, tips and hacks.
New school year, Setting up Continuous provision and Switching Off.
Aug 28 2023
New school year, Setting up Continuous provision and Switching Off.
Hey,  Welcome back to a new school year! We look forward to sharing our experiences and wisdom with you all. As with all back to school staff meetings we start off with a cringy ice breaker. We are comparing ourselves to our favorite chocolate bars, and then delve into our podcast's exciting plans for the year in light of our recent staff updates. We'd love for you to hop onto this fun train and tell us what chocolate bar represents you best on Instagram!Moving forward, we unpack the art of setting up classrooms that foster creativity and independence among children. We discuss the significance of loose parts in classrooms and how teaching children their use and clean-up can be transformative. We also delve into how social media influences our perspective towards organizing learning spaces and how 'layering provision' can be a game-changer in identifying classroom needs. We wrap up this segment by discussing the power of keen observation and how it can enhance the learning process for children.Lastly, we acknowledge the elephant in the room for many educators – work-life balance. We share our personal stories and strategies for switching off, nurturing hobbies like gardening and accomplishing a digital detox. We even dabble in the fun part - our exciting engagement with listeners on TikTok. So, join us in exploring ways to create engaging learning environments, allowing children the freedom to explore, and striking that elusive work-life balance. Support the showPlease check out our social media pages and website. Subscribe, like and share .https://linktr.ee/theearlyyearsstaffmeetingContact us, we would love to hear your stories, tips and hacks.
Apologies, Home Visits and Staff Voice.
Jul 20 2023
Apologies, Home Visits and Staff Voice.
Welcome to the Early Years Staff Meeting Podcast with Sarah, Kelly, and Steph! We're excited to be back after a little hiatus. In this episode, we're going to apologise for our absence and discuss our main agenda: home visits. Lately, we've been doing a lot of home visits, and we want to share our experiences with you.Home visits are an invaluable way for us to connect with families and gain insights into the children's lives outside of school. It helps build trust and allows us to create a more personalised learning experience for each child. We discuss the logistics and challenges of organising home visits but agree that the benefits outweigh the difficulties.We also share some humorous and heartwarming stories from our home visits. From mistaken identities, car park calamities to the chaotic encounters with pets, these anecdotes offer a glimpse into the ups and downs of visiting families' homes.In our Zen mindful moment, we talk about the reality of feeling rage at times, especially during busy periods at school. We explore ways to release that energy in a safe and healthy manner, such as physical exercises and stress-relief techniques. Remember, it's okay to feel rage; it's how we handle it that matters.Lastly, we share some exciting updates about our podcast. We've made changes to the format, adding more features to make it even more engaging for you. Plus, we're now on Instagram, where we'll be sharing helpful tips and insights regularly. Follow us there to stay connected.Join us as we navigate the joys and challenges of working in early years education. Laugh, learn, and find inspiration in the Earlier Staff Meeting Podcast!Support the showPlease check out our social media pages and website. Subscribe, like and share .https://linktr.ee/theearlyyearsstaffmeetingContact us, we would love to hear your stories, tips and hacks.