Places to Play Every Day – 2017 Early Years Excellence award finalist

    Published: 24 April 2017

    “Places to Play Every Day” published by Herts for Learning for people working with children in Early Years settings, has been short listed for the prestigious annual Teach Early Years magazine’s Early Years Excellence Award.

    “Places to Play Every Day” was devised and written by Lucky Khera, Lead Early Years Adviser at Herts for Learning (HfL) and the HfL Early Years team to help practitioners create learning spaces that inspire, challenge and motivate children aged 3 – 5 in their pre-school and Early Years settings. The publication is based on research that found that a rich, varied and well organised early years environment has a significant impact on children’s learning and development. Research has shown that when this is in place, children are encouraged to develop their confidence to independently explore, learn and foster a curiosity that will maximise progress.

    “Place to Play Every Day” was shortlisted from over 300 products, services, resources and publications entered in the Teach Early Years magazine’s Early Years Excellence award scheme’s 12 categories. The five finalists shortlisted for the CPD Resource award will be assessed by an expert panel of early years authors, leaders, consultants and educators, amongst them LEYF CEO June O’Sullivan MBE, Busy Bees’ Early Years Director Lisa Snell, and award-winning children’s author/illustrator Steve Antony.

    On hearing that “Places to Play Every Day” had been shortlisted for this award, Mireille MacRaild, Education Services Director - Early Years, at Herts for Learning said:

    We are delighted that the Places to Play Every Day for 3 to 5 year olds publication has been recognised as a high quality resource for practitioners working with children of this age in whatever kind of setting.
    The guidance and audit tools have been produced taking into account the needs of practitioners and teachers, I hope this shows that we try to listen and respond to the needs of the early years workforce we support. The aim is that the content is clear and easy to digest so that staff working with young children are able to have something to hand that will inspire and enable them to create an effective learning environment that supports development for children across the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.”

    “Places to Play Every Day” is only available to purchase from Herts for Learning, the UK’s largest schools company; a not for profit organisation dedicated to raising standards and improving teaching and learning, that provides high-quality teaching, learning, leadership and business support services and resources to schools and education settings in Hertfordshire and beyond.  To order a copy of Places to Play Every Day or to find out more please visit HfL Shop - early-years

    The winners of the 2017 Early Years Excellence Awards will be announced on June 12th by Teach Early Years magazine and Herts for Learning are pleased to announce that their follow up publication “Places to Play Every Day for 2 year olds” and accompanying audit resources for is scheduled for publication in October 2017.