Early Years Ideas

Natural Resources Early Years


In recent years, there has been a huge emphasis on using Natural Resources in the Early Years. The reasons for this are simple. Moving away from an emphasis and reliance on plastic materials is not only good for the environment, it’s also cheaper, produces less waste, and is very engaging and inspiring for children. Best of all, since natural materials, especially in our outdoor environments, change all the time, there is a natural sense of movement and difference that we can take advantage of as educators – in a way, the activities plan themselves. At Mrs Mactivity, we are convinced that wooden and natural resources are more likely to result in creative play and activity for children, as children have to be naturally more curious and and open minded in how they play. Play is less prescribed and is more about the children’s own interests and natural creativity. Coupled with…    read more 

What is Continuous Provision?

Continuous provision ideas

This is a blog post written by Early Years specialist Sophie. Sometimes deciphering all the different words in Early Years can be challenging – this blog post aims to decode some of the key phrases to help those new to the profession, or more experienced staff who fancy a refresher. Continuous Provision – what does that mean? The phrase ‘Continuous Provision’ refers to the resources and areas laid out in your classroom to provoke learning through play and exploration. The resources should be freely accessible to the children in the classroom during any designated ‘free play’ time and should stay the same throughout the school year. The resources you provide in each area should be engaging and relevant. They should challenge and promote critical thinking and problem solving, while remaining open-ended. Why don’t I need to change the resources in Continuous Provision? The purpose of Continuous Provision is to provide a…    read more 

How to Use Provocations and the Reggio Emilia approach in the Early Years

How To Use Provocations And The Reggio Emilia Approach In The Early Years

This is a blog post written by experienced EYFS leader Sophie Pickles. The term ‘provocation’ is being increasingly used in Early Settings and with home educators across the country. At Mrs Mactivity, we are passionate about learning through play and we have been exploring what a provocation is, where the phrase first began and why you should be using them with your children… What is a Provocation? A provocation is simply an activity or stimulus set up to provoke thought, curiosity, exploration and conversation. Provocations come in many forms depending on the stimulus and required outcome, but they are all created with these purposes in mind. These invitations to play are usually set up to help children expand upon an expressed interest, thought or idea, although may occasionally stem from the necessity to practice skills or consolidate learning. The term ‘provocation’ has arisen from the Reggio-Emilia approach to learning and child-led education…    read more