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Early Years Education Foundations

  • Educational Development
  • Emily Macfarlane
  • 1.5 Hours
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Skill Level

Trainee / Apprentice


1.5 Hours


1 Files

Streaming Content

5 Videos


Our interactions with children are the bedrock for all early years learning and development, as it's these interactions that form our relationships and attachments, shape learning opportunities and knowledge acquisition and provide the emotional support children desperately need. However, some times too much of a good thing can be bad, right? Especially when it comes to play and allowing children the space and freedom to follow their own innate sense of curiosity. So, join Emily in this class all about 'Interactions' in the early years and how you can make your interactions with children as meaningful and impactful as possible.

Skills you'll learn

Lesson Content

1. The Importance of Social Learning


As humans we are social learners, especially in the early years as we develop so much of our knowledge, communication and language skills and understanding of the world around us from social engagements. In this lesson Emily uncovers the importance of 'co-learning' and the neurological impact social interactions have on the brain, as well as, exploring some of the things we can do to help children flourish.

2. The Foundations of Building Relationships


In this lesson Emily takes you through some of the key components of our interactions with babies that help ensure we achieve meaningful relationships and secure attachments. Interactions with babies are complex and full of little cues and signals that communicate messages that we sometimes don't even realise. Through this lesson you'll gain a clear understanding of some of the key ways in which you can ensure your interactions with babies are of the highest quality.

3. Children Are Not Robots!


In this lesson Emily explores the unique individual and the importance of placing the individual child at the heart of everything we do! Children aren't all the same and nor should the emotional and educational support and care we offer the children within our settings. Join Emily in discussing some of the important ways we can help build up our picture of the unique child.

4. Interacting With The Physical Environment


It's so important to use your environment to support and build upon your interactions with the children and their social engagement with their peers, as well as, prioritising how your children interact with the environment around them. In this lesson Emily explores some of the key factors within our environments to boost social activity, cognitive development, educational learning and emotional intelligence.

5. The Art of Co-Learning


Neurological evidence has shown us that infant brains learn best from social engagement and play, not top down adult formal teaching. Now this doesn't mean that don't have a pivotal role in early years education, far from it actually! But understanding when, where and how our interactions should help guide children's learning is so so important, and exactly what Emily explores in this lesson.

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.

'Take control of your child's learning.'

We signed up to The Early Years Network after loosing confidence in our child's previous setting and wanted to gain a better understanding around early years development and how our child should be learning. To say The Early Years Network completely changed our outlook of early years is putting it lightly! We'd highly recommend any new parents to sign up and take an active role in their child's learning during the early years period.

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Regardless if you are a standard user or a corporate user, your membership grants you access to our entire collection of Network Classes so you can begin your educational journey with us today without any limitations.

Are there quizzes on the platform?

The Early Years Network is all about meaningful learning that will transform the way you interact with and educate young children, not attempting to fill your head with information for the sake of a quick superficial quiz.

Are videos available in different languages?

Unfortunately for the time being videos are only available in English, but maybe one day...

Can I access The Early Years Network if I don't have an early years qualification?

YES! Content on The Early Years Network has been created for people interested in early years regardless of age, experience or academic background. We have something for everyone whether you are a childminder, parent/carer or an early years professional.

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Absolutely not, The Early Years Network has been optimised to be used on any device from your mobile phone to your tablet! Our flexible approach to learning embraces any and all types of device so you can learn anytime, anywhere!

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Whilst The Early Years Network is not an accredited body we do offer skill-based learning helping people transform knowledge and theory into meaningful change and improvement to their practice, environments and curriculum. Our Network Courses are created and hosted by leading experts within their academic fields, and upon completion of each course learners will be provided with a certificate to evidence their achievement.

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What is The Early Years Network?

We are a learning and development platform dedicated to the magical world of early years! We cover a wide range of topics, from child brain development to the importance of safeguarding and child wellbeing, through high-quality and immersive video content.

What subjects are covered on The Early Years Network?

We cover everything Early Years from ‘Cognitive Development Theories’, to the science behind play and even how to build the best rocket ship out of cardboard (you won't want to miss that video!). If you can think of a topic in early years we've probably got a video on it!

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