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Welcome to the TTS Talking Early Years Podcast. Each week, we’ll be joined by guest experts, early years practitioners, and our in-house educational experts as we discuss everything Early Years!


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We’ll be sharing practical guidance and inspiration for your settings, signposting you to relevant resources, and providing exclusive supporting content that will help you inspire the next generation of learners. Our bitesize episodes are the perfect addition to your morning routine or evening downtime, so grab yourself a cup of tea and get comfortable as we unlock the potential for learning in the Early Years.


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    • Education
    • 4.8 • 17 Ratings

Welcome to the TTS Talking Early Years Podcast. Each week, we’ll be joined by guest experts, early years practitioners, and our in-house educational experts as we discuss everything Early Years!


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We’ll be sharing practical guidance and inspiration for your settings, signposting you to relevant resources, and providing exclusive supporting content that will help you inspire the next generation of learners. Our bitesize episodes are the perfect addition to your morning routine or evening downtime, so grab yourself a cup of tea and get comfortable as we unlock the potential for learning in the Early Years.


🛒 To shop for resources relevant to the topics discussed in this podcast, visit the TTS website here.

    Episode 1 | Early Years Funded Hours with Neil Leitch

    Episode 1 | Early Years Funded Hours with Neil Leitch

    Alistair Bryce-Clegg is joined by Neil Leitch, CEO of the Early Years Alliance. In this episode, they discuss the topic of Early Years funded hours.


    The conversation underscores the need for re-focus on what children need and their wellbeing, particularly as Early Years are the critical years for development. They also cover the 3 main reasons people are leaving the Early Years sector, and what can be done to mitigate this. 






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    • 20 min
    Episode 20: Essentials to safeguarding with Ann-Marie Christian

    Episode 20: Essentials to safeguarding with Ann-Marie Christian

    Alistair Bryce-Clegg and Ann-Marie Christian return for the Series 4 finale of the TTS Talking Early Years Podcast to summarise their discussion so far on the importance of safeguarding in early years education. 


     Alistair and Ann-Marie emphasise the need for a proactive approach to safeguarding, raising awareness among young children and creating a culture of vigilance. Ann-Marie also highlights the significance of using appropriate terminology when discussing private body parts, as well as the importance of understanding the signs and indicators of child abuse, even in cases of child-on-child harm.  


    The episode offers practical tips for practitioners, such as laminated posters, regular staff training, and multi-agency working practices. Ann-Marie stresses the need for a collective responsibility in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all children, emphasising the reality of hidden abuse that must be addressed. She encourages educators to provide children with a safe and trusting environment to share their stories. 


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    • 19 min
    Episode 19: Designated safeguarding leads and policy with Ann-Marie Christian

    Episode 19: Designated safeguarding leads and policy with Ann-Marie Christian

    In this episode of the TTS Talking Early Years podcast, Alistair Bryce-Clegg continues the conversation around safeguarding in the Early Years with Ann-Marie Christian, a safeguarding consultant, speaker, and author. 


    Ann-Marie and Alistair delve into the importance of safeguarding policies, emphasising the need for practitioners to be aware of national and local legislation, guidance, and procedures. Ann-Marie highlights the significance of the document "Keeping Children Safe in Education", as it provides a legal framework for safeguarding practices. She stresses the importance of clear and transparent safeguarding policies that should be regularly reviewed and updated. 


    The episode also explores the role of designated safeguarding leads (DSLs) and the responsibilities they carry, such as managing referrals, attending meetings, and ensuring that safeguarding remains a top priority within the setting.  


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    • 19 min
    Episode 18: Overcoming safeguarding challenges with Ann-Marie Christian

    Episode 18: Overcoming safeguarding challenges with Ann-Marie Christian

    Alistair Bryce-Clegg is joined once again by Ann-Marie Christian, a safeguarding consultant, speaker, and author. In this episode, Alistair and Ann-Marie cover some of the challenges to safeguarding and how to overcome them. 


    They emphasise the challenges of safeguarding young children who often can't communicate their concerns verbally. They stress the importance of recognising changes in behaviour, not making assumptions about children's wellbeing, and being culturally competent when working with families from diverse backgrounds.  


    The episode encourages educational settings to adopt a proactive approach to safeguarding by providing support and resources for parents, such as signposting to food banks and assistance for various issues. They also stress the need for a "golden thread" of safeguarding running through daily practice rather than treating it as an annual formality. 


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    • 17 min
    Episode 17: An introduction to safeguarding with Ann-Marie Christian

    Episode 17: An introduction to safeguarding with Ann-Marie Christian

    Alistair Bryce-Clegg is joined by Ann-Marie Christian, a safeguarding consultant, speaker, and author. In this episode, they delve into the crucial topic of safeguarding in the early years. 


    The conversation underscores the challenges of recognising safeguarding issues and the role of early years practitioners as vigilant observers. Information sharing within the team is crucial, as child abuse can occur in various settings, even affluent ones. They also stress that cultural beliefs and practices may sometimes clash with safeguarding principles. 


    Ann-Marie and Alistair emphasize the complexity of safeguarding and the necessity of training and support for practitioners to make informed decisions that prioritise children's wellbeing.  


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    • 20 min
    Episode 16: Inclusive learning environments for all with Debs Davies

    Episode 16: Inclusive learning environments for all with Debs Davies

    Alistair Bryce-Clegg and Debs Davies return for the final episode of the topic to discuss practical strategies for supporting the development of neurodivergent children.  


    They emphasise the importance of not making assumptions about a child's behaviour and suggest that practitioners should try to understand the reasons behind a child's actions, such as sensory needs. They also highlight the potential harm of punitive measures, like missing break times or public shaming, and how these can negatively impact neurodivergent children. 


    Debs and Alistair stress the significance of acceptance and the need for individualised support that respects each child's unique learning style. They believe that creating an inclusive environment for neurodivergent children benefits all children and helps instil valuable life lessons about diversity and acceptance.  


    They encourage early years practitioners to expand their understanding and challenge preconceived notions to create a more inclusive and supportive learning environment. Debs also underscores the importance of early diagnosis, helping individuals understand their neurodiversity, and fostering a sense of agency.  


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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

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Top Early Years Podcast one to listen to.

Really usually handy hints and tips. Loved the tummy time and child level suggestions. Looking forward to listening to the next one. Giving me some great ideas to run my setting.

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