2 year olds… Are we ready?

1Free Entitlement for 2 Year Olds

From September 2014 the number of 2 year old children being able to access funded places increases to 40% , reaching out to those who are most in need. They will be able to access up to 570 hours over the course of the year of free early education and care.

Much is talked about ‘school readiness’ and there is a growing feeling which wonders if schools are ready for 2 year olds?

Our partnership offers support and guidance to providers. Our professionalism in Early Years can bring a pragmatic perspective and creative pedagogic approach to 2 year olds.

There is a large amount of research, including the EPPE project which identifies the importance of quality education and care at an early age. This is the parameter on which this project is founded, and the intention for children is to help ‘narrow the gap’ between the more and less advantaged children in our society.

Children will receive more support on social skills, communication and speech development and in areas of personal, social and emotional care and learning, which will forge strong foundations for future learning.

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Kellett School, Hong Kong Students in Beijing

Image 2Year 5 Kellett School students have just returned from a week in Beijing.

An experience of a lifetime with many cultural visits and contact with students in the capital of China. At Books Go Walkabout we just think this is an amazing experience and will produce life long memories and connections with China. What an experience!

In March, this year we were pleased to work with Year 5’s on books written by award winning author, Carole Wilkinson, The Dragonkeeper Trilogy. The books are about a slave girl and other dragon keepers in Ancient China. They are some amazing fiction stories with excellent research and information about life in Ancient China. The books were sent from the UK, written by Carole in Australia and read by students in Hong Kong. We held a video conversation with Carole direct to the students at school, which was great and the students went away eager to read more of the stories.

Books Go Walkabout is on the journey….. Ancient China and beyond!!


Sue Martin – Books go Walkabout