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Early Years Education Foundations

  • Pedagogy & Theory
  • Ben Jones
  • 1.5 Hours
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Qualified Educators


1.5 Hours


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Streaming Content

7 Videos


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!

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Lesson Content

1. Understanding The Structure Of The Brain


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 & Neurons


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-Birth


"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 Emotions


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 Play


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 & Language


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 Play


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.

Meet your teacher

As an owner of multiple settings across the United Kingdom, I truly understand the difficult challenges our industry and the people within it face on a daily basis. Which is why I'm so resolute in providing change for our industry through a platform that offers meaningful and accessible learning, to not only improve practice and children's outcomes, but also to provide the incredible people within our community with a meaningful voice to share their work and passion.

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We're not the biggest chain in the world with just under 60 members of staff, but The Early Years Network has been amazing for getting everyone engaged and excited to learn. If I had of asked our teams to go away over the weekend and do some research on a early years topic they'd have looked at me crazy, but since providing them with The Early Years Network I don't even need to ask. The majority of our team have become so engaged with their own learning and the provision our setting is providing I wish we'd have found this platform sooner!

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