It was a lovely surprise to be nominated by @kim_benham for  #TwitteratiChallenge . Kim is an inspiring and dedicated early years professional who writes at https://sparklingpreschool.wordpress.com/  When I read Kim’s blog in full I realised that I too could now nominate five colleagues. How to choose? There are so many brilliant people to choose from. Here are the five people who I consider offer something unique and special on Twitter to inform and inspire both parents and professionals to help children get a great start in life.

My passion is to share with people what we know about children’s wellbeing so that every child gets the chance to flourish at home, in school and with their friends. There are so many people here in Twitter Land that I will never get the chance to meet in real life and maybe others who I’ll now look out for at conferences and workshops. I look to folk on Twitter not just to share similar interests but also to shake up my views and add something new. I hope to never stop learning, so many thanks to all those folk on twitter who come into my view, not just those I have nominated below.

  1. @Elsa_support Debbie Palphfryman is an emotional support assistant, ELSA, who is brilliant at developing and sharing resources to help schools nurture children’s emotional wellbeing. She regularly tweets links to ingenious resources which might be just what you are looking for. If you haven’t come across her yet do look her up.
  2. @Mr_PaintPots aka David Wright. I look forward to finding his inspirational tweets and quotes which always get to the heart of what is important in the lives of little people – offering a great environment for play. He is also involved with the Southampton area #MenInChildCare – children need great male role models – as well as all the wonderful women who share a passion for early years. I used to work in Southampton and did meet some brilliant guys working in child care in the city although I never met David.
  3. @talk4meaning Twitter is all about communicating and Michael Jones who is a Speech and Language Therapist and now a consultant and trainer has real expertise in what works to help children become confident communicators. Previously a consultant to Every Child a Talker there are some great resources on his website too.
  4. @inspiredtree Inspired treehouse is run by 2 mums who are also occupational and physical therapists. They offer a wealth of ideas on physical and sensory play which is not just fun but also nurtures healthy development.
  5. @sb_campaign The Summerborn Campaign folk are fearless champions for parents who want their summer born children to start school when they are legally entitled to and not to have to take up a place at just 4 years old. I admire their determination to find what is right for their child rather than follow the slow creep of the schoolification of early years. In my view what all 4 year olds need (not just those with summer birthdays) is a play-based learning experience with great staffing ratios and a brilliant indoor and outdoor play environment which few if any schools can offer. So I back these feisty parents in their efforts to be heard.

Thanks to @TeacherToolkit  for starting #TwitteratiChallenge. Now Debbie, David, Michael, InspiredTreehouse and Pauline at Summer born your challenge is to find five colleagues and share! Have fun!


The 3 @teachertoolkit rules are: 

  •  You cannot knowingly include someone you work with in real life.
  • You cannot list somebody that has already been named if you are already aware of them being listed on #TwitteratiChallenge.
  • You will need to copy and paste the title of this blogpost and (the rules and what to do) information into your own blog post.

What to do?

  • Within seven days of being nominated by somebody else, you need to identify colleagues that you rely regularly on and go to for support and challenge. They have now been challenged and must act as participants of the #TwitteratiChallenge.
  • If you’ve been nominated, please write your own #TwitteratiChallenge blog post within seven days. If you do not have your own blog, try @staffrm.
  • The educator that is now (newly) nominated, has seven days to compose their own #TwitteratiChallenge blog post and identify who their top five go-to educators are.







About hooperj

I am a child psychologist and wellbeing coach and author of What Children Need to be Happy, Confident and Successful: Step by Step Positive Psychology to Help Children Flourish which is published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
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