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Early Years Education Foundations

  • Creating Environments
  • Emily Macfarlane
  • 30 Mins
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Unqualified Professionals


30 Mins


1 Files

Streaming Content

6 Videos


In this class Emily takes a deep dive into the 7 Areas of Learning providing you with an introduction to what they are and how we best incorporate them into our understanding and practice. You'll also explore other topics such as holistic development, the importance of learning through play and strategies to shape your environment to benefit the unique child.

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Lesson Content

1. What are The 7 Areas of Learning?


A simple question, but one that many fresh into the early years sector can struggle with, especially as long lists of expectations can be difficult to memories and quite daunting! However, don't panic we've got you covered!

2. A Deep Dive Into Each of The 7 Areas of Learning


In this lesson Emily explores each of the 7 areas in detail picking out some of the key features of each area, as well as, how we can best use them to develop our own curriculums and educational environments. Reading a long list of educational expectations is one thing, but how do we best put them into practice day to day? Thankfully with Emily's help we make this super easy to understand!

3. The Importance of Holistic Learning


The 7 Areas of Learning can often lead so many astray as it visibly separates out different areas of learning in a tick list format, as a result it can be so tempting to implement learning into your setting in the same way. However, children's brains aren't so organised and they certainly don't learn maths in a math zone and to read in a reading zone. Early years development requires an holistic approach to learning, which is exactly what we're going to explore in this lesson!

4. Incorporating the 7 Areas of Learning Through Play


Play, Play, Play! As early years educators it's our responsibility to figure out how we can help the unique child to achieve their 'next steps' from the 7 Areas of Learning through their play and own investigations! Understanding this is crucial and takes a deep understanding of the children you work with and a lot of practice over time...

5. The Importance of the Environment


How do you design your environments to foster holistic growth and development? In this lesson Emily explores how we can bring the 7 Areas of Learning to life across our environments to ensure the areas of learning are woven throughout our environment.

6. Outro: The 7 Areas of Learning


So that's a wrap on this Introduction to The 7 Areas of Learning! Hopefully from this class you have a better understanding of what The 7 Areas of Learning are and how best we can utilise them in practice. Remember, play is the most important thing a child can do! So it's our role to create environments and opportunities that expose children to the learning objectives in the 7 Areas through play!

Meet your teacher

Having worked in early years since the age of 16 early childhood learning means everything to me, which is why I'm so passionate about ensuring a platform dedicated to our communities learning exists. I've experienced first hand the lack of genuine and affordable learning opportunities that exist within early years and trying to provide my teams with high quality and flexible training on a non-existent budget is an impossible task. Its our mission to change this.

'Something all childminder's should invest in...'

Working alone can sometimes mean that my motivation and inspiration can run low. But since finding The Early Years Network I no longer feel like I am developing my practice on my own. The personable and really informative videos allows me to create variety throughout the day through really detailed learning and development for myself.

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