Janine Ryan

Editor: Janine Ryan

I am pleased to bring you the second edition of the Early Years Magazine, winter 2016, which supports the growing community of practice within the Department of Early Years, at University Centre Doncaster. The winter edition comes with the usual helpful guidance and advice from academics, researchers and specialist trainers which I hope will support you in the development of your practice. The articles reflect a range of topics including creating a Communication Friendly Space™, story composition, and therapeutic play.

Two research papers by recent students provide insight into two very different and interesting topics:

A case study to determine if the construction of gender stereotypes within the home learning environment influence a child’s choice of resources

Mathematical Pedagogy within the Early Years: Does the use of board games support the development of numerical skills and mathematical graphics within the Early Years?

Find out more at nurturingminds.co.uk


I am very excited to provide information about our next conference on Saturday 16th April 2016 Nurturing Natures – Building Children’s Wellbeing and Healthy Futures. We will be welcoming Graham Music as the Keynote speaker.

Author of ‘The Good Life’, and ‘Nurturing Natures’ Graham Music is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist.  He teaches on child psychotherapy and other psychological therapy courses and also leads training in child development, neuroscience and attachment theory, and has a particular interest in linking cutting-edge developmental findings with therapeutic practice. His clinical work in the NHS is primarily with issues of trauma and the effect of maltreatment on children as well as on the families and other adults in the lives of such children.

A choice of two workshops can be pre-booked in advance:

  1. Graham Music, Author of Nurturing Natures and The Good Life
  2. Prevention and Intervention – supporting children and families emotional well-being and resilience, delivered by the Health visiting Team
  3. Action for Children – Roots of Empathy – raising social and emotional competence and increasing empathy
  4. Play Therapy – Supporting the emotional needs of a looked after child
  5. Child Bereavement Service – Examining children’s understanding of and response to loss and grief.

Click here to find out more and book your place at the conference

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I am delighted to announce the recent publication of The Early Years Handbook for Students and Practitioners. It  is a comprehensive and accessible course text for all students studying on Foundation Degrees and Early Childhood Studies degrees. Designed and edited by the Chair of the SEFDEY (Sector-Endorsed Foundation Degree in Early Years) Network and a team of expert contributors, which included me!

Chapter 8 The Foundation Years: 2-3 year olds by Janine Ryan explores the theory of early child development with a focus on the prime areas: physical development, emotional development and language acquisition. There are activities to help you to reflect on your own practice, ‘Provocations’ to promote discussion and debate, Case study examples andphotographs of Doncaster early years settings which help to illustrate key points. In addition

From Research to Practice’ boxes outlining key research in the field and implications for developing your practice.

The book is supported by a companion website featuring, for students, links to useful websites and video material, and an interactive flashcard glossary. Online support for lecturers includes ideas for tasks and activities to use in class and the diagrams and images in the book available to download


I hope you will find this book covers the essential skills, knowledge and understanding you need to become an inspiring and effective early years practitioner.


Innovative Change Project carried out by Nicola Scase, final year student BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies. Find out more:https://prezi.com/bpoz1d_ifnth/communication-and-language-development/

This magazine is free to all, please enjoy reading the articles, and please share the link with your colleagues!

Editor: Janine Ryan

Advertising: A limited number of advertisements for jobs, courses, training or conferences relating to early childhood eduction can be accepted for future publications. For details contact Sandra Dolan by email sandra.dolan@don.ac.uk

Copyright: EYM is published by Doncaster College and University Centre. All rights are reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission from the publisher.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in each article are those of the authors and not necessarily those of University Centre Doncaster or the editorial board.