About Right from the Start

Right from the Start is for anyone with an interest in young children, play and/or family life, be they teachers, home educators, childminders or parents.  It’s aim is to illustrate the principles of early education, play and child development, through everyday occurences with my own children and the children I teach.  To provide inspiration, resources, knowledge and reflective thinking about play, children, parenting and teaching. Right From the Start illustrates my passion for child-initiated play, outdoor play and nurturing creativity.

About Rachel

Rachel McClary is a British Early Education  and Special Education Teacher, writer and mother of three, currently living in the Seattle area.  A qualified teacher with a Masters Degree in Psychology of Education, Rachel has worked in play work and education, as a teacher and manager, for a research project supporting  young children on the autistic spectrum and for a local authority as an advisor for early education and special education. She currently teaches Special Education in a Pre School Inclusion Class.

As a writer, Rachel writes articles and support materials and is a regular contributor to Parentmap magazine. She has written three children’s picture books (yet to be published) .

Rachel has a passion for children’s picture books and is always keen to review new titles.

Rachel is also a singer who runs parent and toddler music groups and pre-school music sessions, play based workshops for under-5’s and performs with a women’s performance singing group.  She loves to accompany herself on Ukulele.

She is inspired by quality Early Education including the Early Education Centres of Reggio Emilia and Forest Schools.

Contact Me

Rachel is interested in sharing innovative early years practice and is happy to contribute to other publications on request.

If you have anything you would like to share or are interested in any aspect of my work and would like to contact me email  rightfromthestart@hotmail.co.uk

If you like what you read, follow me on my social media channels. I don’t always have time to blog about everything that interests me so additional articles, pictures and ideas are posted here.

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4 thoughts on “About”

  1. I am the content editor for EasyExpat/BlogExpat and saw your blog added & that you are in Sammamish, WA! I am an expat in Berlin, Germany, but am from Snohomish, WA. Always funny to see expats in my old neck of the woods. I look forward to following your posts!


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