Easter Give Away 

How would you like to win a lovely “Tell by touch with clock” 

We have been given this lovely clock by the gorgeous folk over at EYPDIRECT


This Colourful and unusual telling the time clock comes with moveable hands and removable number pots with a different textured surface on the reverse.

The Tell by Touch with Clock is also a great early years learning resource for matching colours, patterns and counting.

Size: 240 x 37mm. Age 3+.

    The Tell by Touch with Clock is a perfect early years educational resource to support the EYFS Mathematics development area of learning within your childcare setting, it will help children practice and improve their skills in counting numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

The Tell by Touch with Clock also makes a wonderful sensory resource!

To be “In it to win it” all you need to do is 

1. Leave a comment at the end of this blog

2. Like and share our Facebook page  Eyfsmatters

3. Follow me on Twitter @eyfsmatters 

4. Leave a comment under the Tell by touch clock picture on Instagram @eyfsmatters 


Good Luck xx 
(Winner will need to pay postage) 

Job Applications 

So it’s at this time of year that many peeps begin to think about interviews, whether it’s your first job, or you fancy a change. My advice would be the same…

Be yourself- if they love you and you are who they are looking for, you’ll get it, if not it wasn’t right! I am a firm believer in right place right time. You may not realise at the time why you didn’t get the role, but in time you will begin to realise. 

A good friend of mine who happens to be a life coach once said “Be that person your dog thinks you are!” Even if you don’t have a dog (pretend you do!) 

Your dog greets you every day with a big waggy tail, you can see the delight in his face as you unlock the door each evening, to him you are the bees knees! 

Be that person in an interview. 

Of course don’t be cocky, talk from the heart about everything that you believe in. The interview is your chance to shine, your chance to show how much you will bring to the school, and what they’ve been missing until now. 


  • Always visit the school before you apply. You need to ensure it’s the right place for YOU! 
  • Dress to impress, even when you look round. Obviously not in Formal interview attire but ensure you look smart and professional. This is your time to ask any questions that you haven’t been able to glean from the website or application pack. 
  • Ensure you understand the school’s vision, and that it fits with your ethos to teaching and learning. If you are successful it is critical that you have the same common goal as the leadership team of the school. 


  • When writing your letter of support ensure you use the job spec (most/ if not all schools will use this in the shortlisting process) 
  • Ensure you mention the school and what drew you to the role- a generic letter won’t make you stand out from the crowd 
  • Don’t bore your audience- get to the point (they shouldn’t need a blanket and a cup of Horlicks after reading it!) 


  • Stick to the word count- if they specify two sides of A4 that’s what they mean 
  • Get a critical friend to read your letter to check for obvious spelling, punctuation errors
  • Ensure the letter arrives in plenty of time before the deadline (don’t fly by the seat of your pants)


  • Ask if they can email with proof of receipt 
  • If you are unsuccessful on short listing ask a senior colleague or course tutor to give you some advice on how to improve it further (or send it to me- I’d be happy to help!) 

So… Be confident, but not cocky! Remember to be professional yet warm and friendly. Be that person your dog thinks you are. 

Please also pop back soon for our interview question examples! 

If I can be of any help, just message me! 

But most of all… 


Never, repeat Never teach children to lie!!! 

So off we went to swimming this morning, for those of you that follow my blog you’ll know it’s NOT my favourite past time! The kids literally have to bribe me so I’ll take them. I hate getting my hair wet (I’ve got a huge beast of a Barnet that takes hours to dry), and I cannot see a thing without my glasses! Anyway off we trot- we have a conversation in the car about how my littliest could go on the flumes if we told a little fib and said he was 8years instead of 7. He’s 8 in a couple of months, is taller than average and can swim like a fish. That aside- we still needed to fib! The kids convince me… 

So we get to the desk, the receptionist asks how old the kidlets are “10 and 8” I say through gritted teeth! She then dutifully gives us our flume bands. 

As we walk away- My littliest (also the one with the loudest voice may I add) shouts “Ha Ha- I can’t believe she fell for that!!!” 

Cue bright red face, and me scuttling into the changing room! 

Being a firm believer in Karma- I know at some point this will come back and bite me on the bum! 


Kidlets Captions!

So here we have the first in our new series of “Kidkets Captions!” 

For the past few months I have been keeping a note of the blinking hilarious things that my children say to me on a daily basis! 

Some will make you cry with laughter, some will make you wince, but I guarantee all are fab, and came out of the mouth of babes! 

If you would like to share your funny quotes with us, please comment below- we would love to hear them x 

But for now I leave you with “Kidlet Caption” número Uno…