To what extent does a nurturing environment support the academic engagement of traumatised children? By Laura Dennis

Introduction Within the following paper I will explore the effect that nurturing environments can have on traumatised children’s academic learning. I have included extracts from my own reflective journal to offer an insight into my own day-to-day experience of working alongside traumatised children. The focus of the paper will be on nurturing environments. The word … Read more

The Roots of Hospitality. By Keith White.

On a beach near Borth-y-Gest during August 2021 a visiting family greeted us as we arrived by sailing dinghy.  Once we had disembarked and stowed our buoyancy aids and lunch, the adults struck up conversation during which we discovered that our new-found friends had roots in Poland. Meanwhile one of the young girls in our … Read more

Narrowing the Gap? EPAs to Children’s Centres 1971-2021: 50 years of research on implementation and outcomes. By Teresa Smith

This span of 50 years saw a range of early years initiatives focussed on expanding early years services of different kinds, increasing take-up especially by disadvantaged families/ in disadvantaged areas, and improving outcomes particularly for the most disadvantaged. ‘Daycare’ is a slippery term with a number of meanings, from an all-encompassing term covering all forms of early … Read more

Sure Start Review. By Naomi Eisenstadt

Naomi Eisenstadt is Designate Chair of Northamptonshire’s Integrated Care Board.  Naomi’s career has centred on children, poverty and family policy. She was the first Director of Sure Start, ran the Social Exclusion Task Force, and served as Poverty Advisor to the Scotland’s First Minister. She is a trustee of the Abdrn Financial Fairness Trust and … Read more

The Plowden Report (1967) and Early Childhood Care and Education in Britain. By Sonia Jackson.

How the Plowden Report (1967) sent Early Childhood Care and Education in Britain down the wrong path, and why we have never found our way since By Sonia Jackson UCL Social Research Institute Abstract The 1967 report of the Central Advisory Council for Education, chaired by Lady (Bridget) Plowden was hailed as a breakthrough at … Read more

Educational Psychotherapy. By Jenny Dover

This article originally appeared in the journal ‘Educational Therapy & Therapeutic Teaching’ the journal of the Caspari Foundation. There is currently a great deal of concern about children who are failing to thrive in our schools through difficulties around both learning and behaviour. One could say that these children lack self-awareness, self control and a … Read more

Working with exploited children; Best practice in residential children’s homes. By Danielle Gaye

Danielle Gaye has a BSc (Hons) and is an ACSEP graduate. Danielle is a Registered Manager with the Cambian Group. Abstract: This best practice guide has been written following 15 months managing a residential children’s home in the South West of England. The home is registered to support four children and specialises in looking after … Read more

Exploring Sylvia Pankhurst’s visit to the Little Commonwealth. By Gareth Beynon

‘Love and freedom are vital to the creation and upbringing of a child’: exploring Sylvia Pankhurst’s visit to the Little Commonwealth Sylvia Pankhurst, with her friend and East London Federation of Suffragettes (ELF) colleague Norah Smyth, visited the Little Commonwealth in Dorset on 23 October 1915.[i] She was one of around a dozen suffragettes whose … Read more

Children as a Gift. By Keith White

Usually when I write a column for The TCJ based on a specific incident, conversation or occasion, I seek to get to work on it immediately to ensure that no details are forgotten.  But in this case I have waited almost a week to ponder what happened and make sense of the turning points in … Read more

Making Sense of War with a Child. By Keith White  

Last night (Monday 7th March 2022) the six-year-old boy sitting beside me during our evening meal at Mill Grove paused over the plate of spaghetti he was enjoying, to inform me that there had been a Tube Strike.  He then described how children and families were ducking and running in underground stations because of bombs … Read more