Jan 26, 2024 • 40 Mins min read
Join us as we explore the intricacies of how little ones develop their gross and fine motor skills, coordination, and spatial awareness.
Jan 15, 2024 • 55 mins min read
With several 'low key' but significant and impactful amendments to the EYFS coming into play as of last week (the 4th Jan 2023) it's crucial everyone within the industry is up to date and has a plan of action to swiftly tick the boxes necessary to comply with the changes.
For a young child developing a healthy and intelligent brain, play is absolutely everything to them! Playing is how children most efficiently develop new, and strengthen established, neurological connections within their brains that allow them to learn vital social, emotional and cognitive skills. Enabling children's play is the fundamental duty of all early years professionals and the most important thing we can do, aside from safeguarding and protecting the children under out care. In this class Emily we guide you through the basic principles of why play is so important to children, introduce you to two of her favourite play theorists and how you can have such a major impact on developing children through play!
1. Exploring Theories of Play07:34
In this lesson Emily gives a brief overview of the work of both Rudolf Steiner and the Reggio Emilia approach inspired by Loris Malaguzzi. Through these two exceptional play theories you'll explore some of the key principles of play and how we can use these theories to further children's curiosity, imaginations, and learning through play!
2. The Five Characteristics of Meaningful Play07:31
Children are born to play, it is the most important thing a child can ever do! Join Emily in this lesson breaking play down into the main characteristics and how we can help support children to learn and develop through their play.
3. Investing Into Our Future05:12
Our role in early years is to prepare early years children for a future that we cannot predict, however there are some basic cognitive skills that all future employees will want to see. Helping children to develop these essential cognitive skills during the early years when children's brains are ripe for learning is crucial! In this lesson Emily helps guide you through developing these future skills they'll need in later life through their play.
4. Quality Interactions In The Early Years07:39
In this lesson Emily explores our role in the early years and how we can help support children during their early years development journey. We're passengers on this journey with the children to help facilitate, support and guide...not to dictate and impose ourselves on the children.
5. The Importance of Scaffolding Learning03:06
Scaffolding children's learning is a vital component of our role and how we best help children on the road of discovery and who are following their own innate curiosity. In this lesson Emily explains what scaffolding is, as well as, providing you with some tips and tricks how you can help scaffold children's learning within your setting.
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