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Early Years Education Foundations

  • Staff Development
  • Emily Macfarlane
  • 20 Mins
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20 Mins


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Streaming Content

6 Videos


In this class you'll be exploring all things 'change' within an early years setting and how you can best help your team overcome common challenges associated with change. We all know working in early years can be full of obstacles and unforeseen hurdles which alter or change our approaches, routines, teams etc...you name it! Being able to handle change and embrace some of the elements that come with change is so important for a successful early years team. This is why Emily has created this class all about managing change and how you can best lead your team to success during times of change.

Skills you'll learn

Lesson Content

1. What 'Change' Looks Like In The Early Years


In this first lesson Emily lays the foundations for what's to come in the following lessons by providing some context and exploring some common types of change you'll find in the world of early years.

2. Creating The Plan For Change


An essential component for reaching your goal and overcoming any obstacles to change is having a clear and coherent plan in place. In this lesson Emily will take you through some of the key factors in creating a plan, as well as, defining what success looks like for you.

3. The Kubler-Ross Change Curve


In order to gain a deeper understanding of how change can affect people and the different stages we go through when coming to terms with change, Emily explores the concept of the 'Kubler-Ross' change curve.

4. The Importance Of Knowing Your People


We all understand the importance of the 'Unique Child' in the world of early years, but this concept doesn't just disappear once a child leaves the early years. The people that work inside your setting are unique individuals as well, and deserve to be viewed in the same way we do children. In this lesson Emily highlights the importance of understanding your people and how this can help with managing change.

5. How Can You Support Change?


In this final lesson Emily covers how you can support change and help people transition to their new realities most effectively. Embracing change can be really difficult for some people, which is why it's so important to have these skills in your arsenal.

6. Outro: Reflecting About Change


So that's a wrap on all things change in the early years, join Emily in this final video as she recaps the key takeaways from this class about all things change in the early years.

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.

'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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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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No, all videos are only accessible to stream online and require an internet connection in order to access the platform and watch the content.

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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!

Is The Early Network an accredited institution?

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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Of course not! You're free to cancel your membership whenever you like.

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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