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Early Years Education Foundations

  • Pedagogy & Theory
  • Lucy Mills
  • 40 Mins
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Unqualified Professionals


40 Mins


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7 Videos


Montessori, another idea birthed in Italia and keenly adopted across the globe! "Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. In Montessori classrooms children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the highly trained teacher offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process. Children work in groups and individually to discover and explore knowledge of the world and to develop their maximum potential.." In this class Lucy shares her favourite Montessori inspired activities, as well as, some tips and tricks how you can begin to embody the core concepts and ideas of the theory into your practice!

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Lesson Content

1. What is Montessori?


To kick things off in lesson 1, Lucy explores the the history of the Montessori approach and outlines the key principles behind the work of Maria Montessori. To replicate the activities and ideas of the approach it is fundamental we understand the 'why' behind what we are doing!

2. Putting Montessori Into Practice


In this lesson Lucy explores some practical ways in which you can incorporate the principles of Montessori into your setting. Montessori has a number of key principles, but how do you embed these into your curriculum, environment and routines?

3. The Early Years Bake Off


Activity number one see's Lucy explore the importance of providing children with the opportunity to bake within their educational setting. Lucy outlines why this activity is beneficial and how it can assist the children with their learning and development, why not give it a go!?

4. Construction Trays


Activity number two explores the theme of construction and how you can construct different types of construction experiences within your early years setting. Lucy outlines why this activity is beneficial and how it can assist the children with their learning and development, why not give it a go!?

5. Creating Natural Collages


Next up in activity number three we're heading outdoors to see what real life treasure we can find to create natural collages. Lucy outlines why this activity is beneficial and how it can assist the children with their learning and development, why not give it a go!?

6. Time For Some Gardening


Time to develop our green fingers and get hands on with planting and doing a spot of gardening. You don't need an allotment or a massive garden to do some potting, or other ideas Lucy might share! Lucy outlines why this activity is beneficial and how it can assist the children with their learning and development, why not give it a go!?

7. Washing Up...Yep, Washing Up!


Giving children the opportunity to take part in 'real life work' and to take accountability for their resources and environment is a huge component of Montessori. Lucy outlines why this activity is beneficial and how it can assist the children with their learning and development, why not give it a go!?

Meet your teacher

Though still relatively new to the world of early years I can honestly say it's become such a passion and I'm so happy I made the decision to join such a fulfilling and rewarding career. In the rush of our busy daily routines we can sometimes forget how amazing it is to see the young children under our care develop and mature throughout their early childhood. However, it is so important that we get the early childhood education right! That's why I joined the Early Years Network to help and inspire those just like me who work with young children everyday and want to make a difference.

'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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