I was chuffed to bits to be nominated for the #TwitteratiChallenge by @LauraChildcare yesterday – thank you Laura and I salute you for your professionalism, dedication and enthusiasm for the early years sector of education in return. I am now taking up the challenge to nominate five Twitter colleagues of my own whom I consider to be inspiring and dedicated educators working with babies, toddlers and young children.

And the nominations are:

1.  Kierna Corr (@CiarnaC) is a nursery teacher in Northern Ireland who is passionate about outdoor learning.  When I first ventured onto Twitter, I discovered the world of classroom blogs and one of the first that really inspired me was “Learning for Life”, written by Kierna – http://nosuchthingasbadweather.blogspot.co.uk/  Kierna really embraces the full potential and spirit of outdoor learning for young children, going much further than merely “taking the inside out”, and recognising the value of providing resources, activities and experiences that can ONLY take place outdoors. Her posts always reflect her true dedication to providing early childhood education of the highest quality and always leave me smiling and inspired. Thank you Kierna.

2.  Penny Webb (@PSW26259) is a childminder and foster carer who, in her spare(?) time also campaigns passionately and tirelessly on behalf of the childminding profession, highlighting the unique and important contribution to the education and care of babies, toddlers and young children that childminders provide.  Penny has also worked as a childcare lecturer/assessor and as a quality assurance assessor and clearly has a wealth of knowledge and wisdom about all aspects of early years policy and practice which she is always happy to share with other professionals. Thank you Penny.

3. James T (@NurseryNook) is a nursery teacher who regularly tweets links to his blog posts on Twitter – https://plus.google.com/106633400168632938225/posts  – and I know that I will ALWAYS learn something from reading these posts.  His writing is insightful and a perfect blend of early years theory and practice, accompanied by photographs that really enhance my understanding of the subject.  If you’re looking for someone with an excellent ability to reflect upon and learn from their practice – and then share those reflections in order to benefit the practice of others and the educational provision for our youngest children, James T is your person!  Thank you James.

4.  @JuneOSuliivan is an inspirational writer, campaigner and writer on early years and also CEO of @leyfonline .  She communicates her vision for early years, through sector press, blog posts and speeches, articulately and with drive and enthusiasm and shares my passion to improve the quality of play-based learning in the early years and promote understanding of the crucial importance of nurturing and fostering children’s well-being as the bedrock of all other learning and development.  Thank you June.

5. Jo McIntosh (@has2bpurple) has become a good Twitter friend over the last few months whilst she has worked towards gaining Early Years Teacher Status.  I have been privileged to witness her growing confidence in her abilities to nurture and promote the learning and development of the children with whom she works and have thoroughly enjoyed reading about the examples of high quality, enjoyable environments and activities that she has provided within her early years setting.  Her enthusiasm for working with and educating young children is infectious and her commitment to and passion for early years shines through in all her writing.  She is destined to be a great leader in the early years profession.  Thank you Jo.

Thanks @TeacherToolkit  for starting #TwitteratiChallenge. Kierna, Penny, James, June and Jo –  your challenge is to find five colleagues and share! Have fun!

@teachertoolkit rules are: 

  1. You cannot knowingly include someone you work with in real life.
  2. You cannot list somebody that has already been named if you are already aware of them being listed on #TwitteratiChallenge.
  3. 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.