smalltalk Winter 2014

smalltalk…supporting the early years sector in Wales for over 30-years.

Published quarterly since spring 1986 and mailed free of charge to all Early Years Wales formerly Wales PPA members, smalltalk is the must-read title for early years education and childcare providers in Wales.

Our 24-page, full colour magazine is packed full of articles to inspire you to embed and inform high-quality practice, whilst continuing to run a successful business.

To start things off, a Wales PPA member provides insight into goings on at her provision and the excellent work Faith in Families do with their local community. We also have details of activities little ones can take part in during British Science Week, and beyond.

Kelcie Hurley, our new early years co-ordinator, writes her first piece for us based on language and literacy skills. It includes a story activity that children at Myrtle House Nursery enjoy, get wordy and give it a go.

What makes a good place to be two? In one of our special features this quarter we’re taken on a journey exploring how small children see their surroundings. We hope you can take inspiration and apply some ideas in your provision.

Come and get your hands dirty and learn about fruit and vegetables in our green-fingered feature on eating and growing seasonal produce – it includes a guide to the easiest five veggies to grow.

Finally, there is a sombre but important message from Children in Wales on nicotine poisoning; find out how cigarettes and nicotine replacement therapies can be potentially fatally damaging.