“What we all want is to raise children that are primed for life.”

Anne O’Connor is an independent consultant for Early Years. She is an experienced trainer, key note speaker and author on areas such as attachment, physical development, wellbeing and transitions. In partnership with Anna Daly she is also the co-founder of Primed for Life which advocates for a wider understanding of the body as a child’s first place of learning.

Black Lives Matter

I have been privileged to have spent the majority of my teaching career in schools in parts of the East End of London where anti-racist activism was very much a feature of both my personal and professional life. This work continues to be very important to me and in my consultancy. I have been writing about and offering training on various aspects relating to equalities, diversity, inclusion, anti-bias and anti-racism for nearly twenty years. Please get in touch to talk about how I can support your school or setting in this very important work.

Early Education

I was pleased to be involved in writing recommendations for supporting positive transition experiences for September 2020 for children within and beyond the EYFS. This was in collaboration with Helen Moylett, Nancy Stewart, Julie Fisher, Di Chilvers, Karen Boardman of TACTYC and Beatrice Merrick of Early Education.

“As schools and settings look towards welcoming young children back and making a ‘good start’, we need to plan a positive transition experience for all children and their families which will build confidence, resilience and positive relationships. Only a developmentally appropriate and nurturing return to school will support the strong foundations necessary for school readiness and progress in learning. A focus on well-being and supporting children’s whole development will consolidate prior learning and reignite children’s interest so they will ‘catch up’ and move on in their learning.”

Nursery World

I enjoyed writing this article for Nursery World on aspects of Understanding the World. It draws on case studies from some really interesting projects that have highlighted the value of children exploring what’s on their doorsteps.

Though not without its challenges in these tricky times, it’s probably more important than ever that children are able to feel confident exploring their local area and that we give ourselves all the chance to ‘just notice’ what’s around us.

Visit the Nursery World website to read the full article.

Eden North Learning Project

Am also very lucky to be an Early Years representative on the working party helping to develop the Educational aspect of the proposed Eden North which is being created in Morecambe, just down the road from me. Lots more information to come on how this is developing.