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.
We don't all need to be neuroscientists, but having a deeper understanding of brain development whilst working with children in these sensitive periods can only be a positive. We are all told that the Early Years are so important but how many parents, carers or early years professionals truly understand or appreciate why? Within this class Ben hopes to shine some light on the importance of neuroscience in the early years & the holistic impact we can have on children's emotional, cognitive, physical and educational development. You'll explore the very basics of the structure of the brain, how information and knowledge is ascertained and communicated throughout the brain, how ours brains most optimally develop emotionally and of course the importance of play!
1. Understanding The Structure Of The Brain08:56
With the help of Colin (the plastic brain) Ben starts this class with an introduction to the structure of the human brain and most importantly the functions of the 'Upper' and 'Lower' brains. It's obviously not essential for early years professionals to have a complex understanding of the structure of the brain but having a basic understanding can go a long way to helping understand children's behaviours. Let's explore shall we?
2. Exploring Synapses & Neurons13:34
In lesson number two you will explore the building blocks of the human brain, Neurons. With the help of synapses, Neurons send messages throughout your body and allow you to do everything from breathing to talking, eating, walking and thinking. Over the course of the first 5 years of our existence we rapidly form neurological connections throughout our brains that provide us with a framework for future knowledge acquisition and cognitive capability. The experiences and interactions we provide children have a significant role in sparking brain activity and developing these neurological connections, thus it's crucial we understand the basics of brain development and how we can best help!
3. Neurological Development Pre-Birth08:38
"A foetus is not a passive occupant of the womb, but instead, one which responds, grows and develops directly in response to the stimuli it receives". In lesson 3 you'll start at the very beginning as you explore how a foetus's brain develops within the womb, why it's so important to support this development and how we can have a major impact!
4. The Why Behind Children's Emotions17:11
Emotions and feelings are incredibly complex, especially for young children with un-developed upper brains who's actions are largely dictated by their 'emotional' lower brain. In this lesson you'll dive into what drives children's emotions, how their emotions dictate behaviour and the importance of our role in supporting children's emotional and self-regulatory development rather than punishing them.
5. The Importance Of Play13:11
This lesson is all about the power of play, and the amazing brain developing capabilities of children engaging with different forms of play! Within the lesson you'll explore why play is such a crucial element of cognitive, educational, emotional and physical development, as well as, the important role we as adults have in enabling children's play!
6. Understanding How Children Develop Communication & Language16:32
Around 1.4 million children in the UK have long term speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) that they won't grow out of! Supporting children develop communication and language skills is a vital aspect of our role in early years as it's these skills that provide children with a foundation for all future learning. This lesson will explore the data on language and literacy that clearly indicates a potent and necessary role for social learning, and the importance of finding ways to motivate children (likely through play) to engage in a social environment with face to face interaction and an environment full of rich language.
7. Getting Outdoors & The Benefits Of Risky Play08:45
There is no greater environment for optimal brain development than embracing the great outdoors and getting outside to take part in some risky play! In this final lesson Ben explains the benefits of the great outdoors, as well as, some of the amazing cognitive benefits of taking part in risky play.
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