Sightlines Initiative

promoting creative and reflective practice in early childhood education

Diary Library

This Blog (or Diary) section has a broad mix of articles, reflections, comments, position pieces, as well as requests and information from Network members. It is becoming quite a comprehensive library. You can browse using the categories and search modules to the left.

Do contact us with your suggestions for new articles - and we really appreciate comments and other feedback.
Robin Duckett
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London Early Childhood Centre seeks Artist-Educator/ Atelierista

London Sightlines Network Members Little Jungle Centre of Early Childhood are looking for an Artist Educator/ Atelierista to join their 1-2s team.

"The role entails supporting the development of the children's enquiry-based projects through a variety of learning experiences, the development of documentation and collaborative work with our Educators.

We are a progressive school of Early Childhood, based in East Dulwich. Graded outstanding and shortlisted for 'best nursery 2017' by Nursery World, we follow an enquiry-based learning approach, listening to and encouraging children to explore the world and test out their own theories through play and creative expression. We use the children's research as a basis for projects to help them develop skills and knowledge across all areas of learning and enable them to become the strong, confident and free-thinking adults of the future.

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to grow their knowledge and experience within early years education, through a pioneering approach, as we provide ongoing opportunities for professional development, as well as a supportive, fun and friendly environment."

To know more about the role, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To know more about us, please visit: www.littlejungle.co.uk   

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A diary page from visiting a preschool in Reggio Emilia, Italy

Typing up notes from a 2019 visit, it occurred to me that it could be interesting to share. Perhaps it will only work for those who in any case can picture the life of a preschool in Reggio, I don't know ... (there is a rather informative minute's video on our page 'Introductory Articles on Reggio Emilia's Preschools' which may help in filling out a picture.) ... anyway here it is....

 Spring 20019 visit to Otto Marzo Preschool

8.30 – 9a.m.

This is the preschool with the circular layout, by the canal; rich in its habitation and embedded in the close locality: quiet streets, dads and children walking or biking in. The spring 'snow' – blossom/seeds – is drifting around.

…a boy, 5, scoots through the internal piazza on his scooter (!) Other children meet, and two hold the door for a while meeting each other, possibly waiting for friends. Children bounce and skip around, meeting each other; there's a hum of easy voices and conversations of children and adults.

Projects documented in the entrance area show how they are joyfully developing their environment and relationships in it – the fence sculpture with 'secret ways' through to the canal path; relationships with the city e.g. project for everyone to travel by bike not car.

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Talking Plants - humans learn to listen better ...

Astro-physicist Jen Gupta and comedian Alice Fraser travel the parallel worlds of science and sci-fi.

 Summer listening: here is  a fascinating - and important - discussion of what is being discovered about how plants communicate. It's a must for all of us who are keen to understand more about the diversity and interwoven-ness of communication. We know various preschools keen to better undertand symbiosis in the plant world as well as in the human one - this is a valuable contribution, and a lively discussion to listen to this summer.

Talking Plants [click the link to listen]

In this episode, Jen and Alice investigate the science behind Sue Burke's book, Semiosis, about a mysterious breed of intelligent plants. They talk to Sue about how watching her houseplants formed the inspiration for the book. Then they ask the linguist Dr Hannah Little if we could ever learn the language of something that has a completely different understanding of what communication means. Finally, Professor Lilach Hadany explains how a radical new study might show plants are listening to each other - and maybe even to us.

This programme builds on the one which we listened t last year, on the subject - If you haven't heard it you can access it via our blog here:

Communication and relationships under our feet ...


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