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WHAT IS A DEVELOPMENT WHEEL?

Development Wheels™ are a unique, popular resource, which were designed to offer information, ideas and guidance in an easily understood and accessible format to support individual child development.
Since we produced the first wheel back in 2009, the portfolio of wheels continues to expand. The range of wheels now offers support on a variety of subjects to early years practitioners, teachers, health visitors, childminders, family support agencies, the NHS and other health professionals, parents and carers.

There are now 26 different Development Wheels™ within the series, covering such areas as: Communication, Parent Support, Early Years Maths & English, and there is now our new Postnatal Health (PND) wheel. Go to our main Development Wheels page to view them all by clicking here

These very popular and unique full-colour wheels have been developed so that they twist around to reveal the section you need at any one time. They are a form of 'circular book' that is easy to use and avoids the need to flick through the contents of a normal book to find the page you require. They have information on both sides of each section and have been developed with the aid and input of specialist practitioners and authors.

Our standard sized Development Wheels™ are easy to carry around and use. It is the inner part of the ‘wheel’ is rotated to reveal the section you need to view, with information shown through both sides of the ‘cut-out’ window on the front and back of each wheel. They are about 230mm diameter, and are laminated to last longer.

The wheels are written by practitioners, authors and specialists in their field. This ensures the quality of the content to meet the needs of not only parents/carers but also practitioners, teachers, health visitors, childminders, students – in fact anyone working in early years, education, child development and family/health support.

Our NEW super-size Practitioner DevelopmentWheels™ are much larger at 440mm diameter. These can hold a lot more specialist detailed information to support practitioners and other professionals within an organisation, setting or group. Click here for more info...

 

The Development Wheels™ concept

The Development Wheels™ concept was established in 2009. The approach started with the production of a birth to five parenting support wheel in partnership with Early Years, Childcare and Family Support practitioners and authors within a local government agency.

From there the Early Years and Childcare Publishing Partnership (EYCPP) was developed as an umbrella organisation to further develop the initiative and build the format under the Development Wheels brand. In 2012, a second brand, Early Years Developmentors™, was created to produce practical usable information resources that use individual fictional fun characters to take parents, carers and children through a range of early years subjects. These subjects include toilet learning, feeding toddlers and oral care. The materials/resources include play-mats, scribble pads and small cube boxes.

A second partnership, The Developmental Resources Publishing Partnership, was established in 2014 as further titles in the Development Wheel range were produced. Since that time the concept has become established and the partnerships have so far produced 21 titles under the Development Wheels brand.

The two partnerships consists of all of the authors and specialists involved in the writing and production of these unique, easy to use resources. Some are private authors, some are from private organisations working within these sectors and some of the partners are from specialist government agencies working within these sectors. The partnerships continues to expand as the portfolio of Development Wheel titles and other resources continues to grow.

Development Wheels are produced and published by KMMD, who act as managing partners on behalf of the partnership. KMMD often also takes the role of co-ordinators in the production of each title. Once initially produced, KMMD markets each Development Wheel title for the partnership in order to meet the needs of the sectors for which the concept supports.

This is very much a partnership approach that is about doing something different to produce unique publications for the early years, childcare, health, education and family support sectors. The partnerships ensure these resources are easy to use and made available at the cheapest possible cost in order to support these sectors and the dedicated people who work within them.

For this reason, KMMD owns the intellectual property (IP) for the concept, design and trademarks of  Development Wheels within the sectors they support (early years, childcare, health, education and family support services), whilst it operates the Development Wheels™ brand and production for the partnerships. All Development Wheels are protected under copyright and the brand and conceptual approach has trademarks for protection under UK law. This enables the partnerships to continue their work in this way, producing cost-effective, unique resources to support the early years, childcare, health, education and family support sectors.

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