Please insert the ‘Development Matters’ Early Years Foundation Stage points wherever they correlate to the relevant section of the article, under the sub-heading of that section (if applicable) in the following format:
EYFS points covered, Expressive Arts and Design: Exploring and using media and materials:
30-50 months: Understands that they can use lines to enclose a space, and then begin to use these shapes to represent objects
EYFS points covered, Communication and language: Understanding:
30-50 months: Beginning to understand 'why' and 'how' questions.
Please bear the following in mind at all times
Practical Pre-School is a publication for professionals working with children aged 0 to five, but the majority of our readers work with children aged three to five. The style and tone of articles in the magazine, but also the ‘angle’ from which subjects are approached, must reflect this.
Please ensure that the tone of the article is sophisticated, with no abbreviations, such as ‘e.g’ or ‘don’t’, ‘won’t’, ‘can’t’, for example.
We retain full global rights to this article.
We have adopted the Harvard system.
Standfirst: between 20 and 30 words should appear immediately after the title, giving an outline of the content of the article.
Headings: relevant subheadings should be used to structure the article.
Conclusion: your conclusion should be succinct and logically ordered. Identify gaps in present knowledge and suggest future initiatives (if relevant).
Case study: you may include a short case study if you wish, although you don’t have to.
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Practical Pre-School is a publication for all professionals working in the early years with children from babies to five-year-olds. The style and tone of articles in the magazine, but also the ‘angle’ from which subjects are approached, should reflect this. It is not a publication for parents (though more and more are reading it too).
Write numbers like this: one to nine, 10+, 1,000, 1million.
Cap down all job titles.
Cap up the first letter of headlines, everything else capped down. For example: The quick fox.
Refer to it as key stage 1 never KS1 or Key Stage One.
Cap down school year groups like this: year 1, year 6.
Write while and not whilst.
Put in dashes in terms like self-esteem, self-control, and so on.
Use single quote marks.
Write the following like this: the Early Years Foundation Stage, the National Curriculum.
Keep the style quite chatty. ‘Don’t’ and ‘isn’t’, etc, are fine.
Always put a full-stop after a bullet point.
Cap up after a colon – except in headlines.
Have full stops after standfirsts or pull-quotes (standfirsts are the sub-headings you see immediately after the headline).