About Right from the Start
Right from the Start is for anyone with an interest in young children and/or family life, be they teachers, home educators, childminders or parents. It’s aim is explaining the principles of early education and child development, through everyday occurences with my own children and the children I meet. Right From the Start illustrates my passion for child-initiated play, outdoor play and nurturing creativity. It also shares a personal journey to find and maintain the woman behind the mum and the life of a British expat in the US.
Rachel McClary is a British Early Education Consultant, 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.
Rachel is a singer who runs parent and toddler music groups and pre-school music sessions, play based workshops for under-5’s and has recently started a quartet of women singers. She home pre-schooled her youngest children for one year and her ultimate ambition ( apart from appearing on Sesame Street) is to have a pre-school of her own.
Rachel provides tailor-made training courses, information events for parents and consultancy for Early Education settings. Rachel writes articles and support materials and is a regular contributor to Parentmap magazine.
Rachel’s other passion is children’s picture books and regularly reviews picture book titles. She has written three children’s picture books that she is working on getting published and is developing ideas for her next book.
Current interests include early language and literacy development, outdoor play, supporting children with additional needs, technology to support early learning and music in the early years. She is also inspired by the Early Education Centres of Reggio Emilia and Forest Schools.
Rachel is interested in sharing innovative early years practice and is happy to contribute to other publications on request.
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