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Practitioners in the early years sector are being urged to share their views on a weekly twitter chat #EYTalking that takes place every Tuesday.
Founder of #EYTalking, Laura Henry, an early years consultant, said: “#EYTalking is the free weekly ‘touch in’ within social media for anyone, be they a practitioner, childminder, teacher, educator, trainer, lecturer, tutor or assessor working within early years education or childcare nationally or internationally.
“We also have parents joining in. I created #EYTalking, managing it on a weekly basis. Topics we have covered include outdoor learning, parents as partners and literacy; we also have guest hosts, such as the Department for Education and other early years colleagues.”
She added: “We share ideas as well as resources such as research and blogs. In addition, we comment on early years childcare and education issues.”
Ms Henry has found those who take part in #EYTalking say that the weekly twitter forum is now one of their areas of continuous personal and professional development (CPPD), commenting that they write up reflections and actions to improve their practice, including sharing new ideas with colleagues and parents.
To aid practitioners in this, she has set up a reflective log for them to use www.scribd.com/doc/222400649/EYTalking-Reflection.
“Colleagues use the hash tag #EYTalking to tweet their request or share content. I retweet, then others retweet or help with the query. You are therefore able to quickly access professional support from thousands of colleagues.
“Furthermore, if you are organising an event, please feel free to share your event’s hash tag. We will retweet for you, to enable your content to be shared as widely as possible across the early years community,” said Ms Henry.
You can join this growing online community of early years colleagues via Twitter every Tuesday between 8pm and 9pm. Use the hash tag #EYTalking to connect and share with others.