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Risk Assessing with Learners

The children at Cockenzie Nursery are encourage to risk assess areas with support from staff.  They decide what the risks may be, how they can be avoided and create a risk assessment document.

The risk assessments give the children ownership and should be displayed in the specified area of nursery.   Practitioners refer to the rules during play and very quickly the children will begin to use them with their peers and encourage them to stay safe.

Following a risk assessment to keep ourselves safe is easier than following rules!

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Risk Assessment

Snack at Ormiston Nursery

Interesting Practice from Ormiston Nursery

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The children use this folder regularly for,

  • setting the snack menu for the day
  • helping to make informed healthy choices
  • creating a shopping list
  • information handling

This practice is based on, “Setting the Table” document, available in the guidance section of this website.  Templates to create a similar snack folder  are available on request

Interesting Practice

We all love to look at examples of nursery practice, but sometimes the opportunity to visit other nurseries is not always available.

This is an ideal place to share your own ideas or ideas you have from other places,  with permission of course.

Below is interesting practice from Pear Tree  Meadowpark in Haddington.  Click on the links to view, you may have to save before you can view.

Interesting Practice PTMP September 18 part 1

Interesting Practice PTMP September 18 part 2


Sustained Shared Thinking

During our literacy course, 10th August, we discussed the importance of Sustained Shared Thinking and how it links with our interactions  to support  extending vocabulary in our settings.

Can you answer this practitioner quiz?

  1. How many individuals are needed to contribute for Sustained Shared Thinking to happen?
  2. In your own words, write a definition of what Sustained Shared Thinking means to you?
  3. Name five factors in the role of the adult in Sustained Shared Thinking.
  4. Give three benefits of using Sustained Shared Thinking.
  5. What does metacognition mean?
  6. What two types of environment are needed for Sustained Shared Thinking to happen?
  7. List three things that you need to be a good active listener?
  8. How would you adapt your approach to  Sustained Shared Thinking when working with different age groups?

Want to participate in reading on Sustained Shared Thinking there are some suggestions below.

Please feel free to highlight any good reading or articles that you have read.

Welcome to the Early Learning and Childcare Team web page!

Through this page we hope to,

  • keep you up to date with our team developments
  • share interesting practise from settings
  • give easy access to guidance
  • update you on available CLPL
  • share links to other sites relevant to Early Learning and Childcare

The uses are endless.

We welcome your thoughts and ideas for development!