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Early Years Education Foundations

  • Staff Development
  • Ben Jones
  • 3 Hours
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3 Hours


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10 Videos


Welcome to this enlightening journey into the heart of educational excellence as we dissect the latest data, trends, and insights gleaned from the most recent Ofsted inspection reports. This comprehensive class serves as an educational framework, offering educators and educational leaders a robust toolkit for introspection and enhancement within their respective settings. Throughout this class, participants will delve into the multifaceted landscape of early years education, guided by the wealth of information extracted from inspection reports released in 2024. With a keen focus on self-reflection and internal review processes, we aim to equip learners with the tools and perspectives necessary to elevate their practices, routines and overall educational outcomes.

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1. Educational Vision


Educational vision isn’t a term you’ll commonly see within Ofsted Reports or Guidance Documents, however we feel it perfectly summarises the motives, actions and aspirations of early years educators. Your ‘educational vision’ proliferates across and influences all aspects of your early years setting; from your curriculum, to your environment and how you teach and interact with children. So let’s dive into the key aspects of your educational vision...

2. Strategic Teaching


Strategic teaching hinges on a deep understanding of each child, informing our interaction, decisions and ultimately the ‘WHY’ behind our actions. By comprehending children’s unique needs, strengths, and interests, educators can provide experiences and opportunities to play based upon strategic thought entwined with your educational vision. This personalised approach ensures that every child receives tailored support, maximising their potential for growth and development. It empowers educators to create meaningful learning experiences that cater to individual learning styles and preferences, ultimately fostering a supportive and enriching environment for all children.

3. Independence


Developing independence from infancy is crucial for laying the groundwork for lifelong skills and attitudes. Even babies begin to explore their environment, assert preferences, and develop a sense of agency. Encouraging independence in early childhood fosters confidence, problem-solving abilities, and self-reliance. From learning to feed themselves and dress independently to making choices and solving simple problems, each step towards independence builds children's sense of competence and autonomy. This early development sets the stage for future success by fostering resilience, responsibility, and a strong sense of self.

4. Parent Partnership


Often our outlook and mindset towards parent partnership will define the quality and effectiveness of the working relationships we develop with our families. These relationships are more than just a means to gain basic information during the induction process and to reassure concerned or ‘needy’ parents. Our parent partnerships are one of our greatest tools in piecing together the complex jigsaw that is early childhood education. Through effective ‘two-way’ communication, information sharing and supportive mechanisms we can rapidly attain invaluable information, unlock new understanding and provide the children we care for with a complete and accurate early childhood education.

5. Literacy & Language Development


Language and literacy development in early childhood is paramount for lifelong learning, and as early years educators, it's vital to centre our curriculum around rich language experiences. Through interactive storytelling, meaningful conversations, and exposure to real words in context, we create dynamic learning environments where children can thrive. By prioritising language-rich experiences, we empower children to become proficient communicators, confident readers, and lifelong learners, nurturing their academic success and overall development.

6. Physical Development


Physical development is indeed a vital component of early childhood, deeply rooted in children's innate drive to skip, jump, and play, as revealed by neuroscience research. Studies have shown that physical activity not only strengthens muscles and bones but also promotes brain development by enhancing neural connections and cognitive function. Furthermore, engaging in risky play has been linked to the development of problem-solving skills, emotional regulation, and resilience in children. By leveraging these findings, educators can design environments and experiences that not only support physical development but also foster cognitive, emotional, and social growth.

7. Indoor vs Outdoor


Rather than taking indoor activities outdoors, it's essential to embrace nature and harness the open-ended resources it effortlessly provides for children's learning experiences. Natural elements like sticks, leaves, rocks, and soil offer endless possibilities for exploration, creativity, and discovery. By immersing children in the natural environment, educators can foster curiosity, problem-solving skills, and a deep connection with the world around them. Instead of imposing structured activities, allow children the freedom to engage in unstructured play and inquiry-driven learning, where they can follow their interests, experiment, and make meaningful discoveries at their own pace.

8. Invitations To Learning


Through intentional setups in the physical environment, educators create spaces that beckon children to explore, experiment, and engage with their surroundings. Furthermore, high-quality interactions with educators serve as catalysts for learning, as they encourage children to ask questions, share ideas, and embark on journeys of inquiry. By fostering a culture of curiosity and inquiry-based learning, educators empower children to take ownership of their learning, guiding them on paths of exploration and discovery. Together, these invitations to learning—both in the physical environment and through interactions with educators—lay the foundation for a lifelong love of learning and a deep-seated curiosity about the world.

9. Meal Times


Meal times are indeed vital learning opportunities in early childhood education, far more than just processes to rush through. They offer rich opportunities for children to learn and develop across multiple domains. From social and emotional skills to language development and even sensory exploration, meal times are moments to be embraced and savoured. By slowing down and engaging with children during meals, educators can foster meaningful connections, encourage healthy eating habits, and promote important life skills such as independence, cooperation, and self-regulation. By reframing meal times as valuable learning experiences, educators can create nurturing environments where children feel supported, empowered, and eager to explore the world around them.

10. Embracing Diversity


Embracing diversity and difference in early childhood education is paramount for creating inclusive learning environments where every child feels valued, respected, and represented. By celebrating diversity in all its forms – including race, ethnicity, culture, language, ability, family structure, and more – educators cultivate a sense of belonging and acceptance among children. Through multicultural literature, music, art, and activities, children gain exposure to different perspectives, traditions, and ways of life, fostering empathy, understanding, and appreciation for cultural diversity and how the world works!

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.

'I wish we found this years ago!'

Providing our teams with meaningful learning and development is so hard to achieve in the early years world as it's nearly impossible to find the time to complete any sort of in-person training, and everything online is usually so expensive. But since finding The Early Years Network I'm able to set classes and courses to specific team members who can then watch them whenever fits. The girls have really fallen in love with it and its great to hear them all talking about child education, their own learning and what video's they've watched recently.

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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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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!

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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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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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