WHAT IS A DEVELOPMENT WHEEL?
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.
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
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
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.
NEW super-size Practitioner DevelopmentWheels™ are much larger at
diameter. These can hold a lot more specialist detailed information to support
practitioners and other professionals within an organisation, setting or group. Click
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.
copyright KMMD Development Wheels™ are trademarked