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Bloomsbury Early Years, Bloomsbury Publishing

Bloomsbury Early Years

Julie-Ann McCulloch, Specialist EAL teacher and advisory EAL teacher to Stockport local authority

Age Range
Early years

A one stop website that not only is well laid out and easy to navigate, it ticks all the boxes to help EYFS practitioners to match activities to ELG’s

The many search functions efficiently enables the user to find the exact resource needed. Search by EYFS area or through topics such as ‘weather and seasons’ or ‘Me and my World’, search for activities related to different times of the year or by type covering nine areas including ‘Role-play’, ‘Cooking’ and ‘Outdoors’. If these searches do not help the user to find the perfect resource, an advanced search function allows for single word or phrases to be used making the search for that resource quick and easy.

The resources themselves follow a standard structure which gave clear and simple instructions to ensure a successful session including, what you need, what you do. The explicit instructions make the suggestions easy to follow, with links to the ‘Areas of Learning’ and ‘Development Matters’ statements, ensuring that practitioners are aware of assessment opportunities and next steps. The ‘Related Activities’ section accompanying each activity allows opportunities for consolidation and the embedding of skills and learning.

The activities require simple, often close to hand, resources that can be collected easily. The activities that involve music and singing have either included song lyrics to familiar tunes or song titles that can be easily found using the Internet. This may be the website that gives back time to professionals by reducing the time needed to plan and locate resources whilst ensuring high quality experiences for the children in their care. The ability to save favoured activities, to share them with others and to print them off is invaluable and ensures communication and consistency between multiple adults in a setting.

If you are looking for an affordable (annual subscription fee), well structured and planned resource, with all activities linked to the curriculum that eases the burden of planning, look no further than Bloomsbury Early Years. It’s the resource you need to give you inspiration to be inspirational.

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