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Episode 6: The power of connections with Simon Airey

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Alice Sharp is joined by Simon Airey, an educator with over 20 years’ experience of teaching, working in specialist provision and the EYFS. In this episode, Alice and Simon explore the language opportunities beyond the setting and how educators can tap into the children’s unique experiences to enhance language development.

Building connections:

Simon explains the power of forging strong relationships with all parties, right from the practitioner to the child, to the parents and carers. Reflecting on his teaching experiences, Simon shares that by developing deeper connections with all those involved, we better understand the child’s capabilities and genuine interests which in return helps shape and scaffold more meaningful learning experiences.

Positive relationships with parents

Alice and Simon share ways to engage and involve the parents to ensure the children’s enthusiasm for learning, language and role-play can be replicated and built upon at home. Simon talks about openly sharing observations with parents, so that unique learning experiences and conversations the children has had within the classroom can continue at home and vice versa. 

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