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Early Years Education Foundations

  • Creating Environments
  • Lucy Mills
  • 1 Hour
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Step into the captivating world of early childhood education with our transformative class, "Unlocking the Magic of Loose Parts." Led by Lucy, this comprehensive course explores the fundamental concepts and practical applications of loose parts, from understanding their diverse nature to delving into the theories that underpin their role in fostering creativity and holistic development. Participants will gain invaluable insights into safety protocols, resource procurement, and intentional environment design, equipping them with the tools to create engaging spaces that inspire imaginative play. Join us on this enriching journey as Lucy shares her expertise in unleashing the creative potential of loose parts for the benefit of young minds in their formative years.

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Lesson Content

1. What are Loose Parts?


In this foundational lesson, participants will embark on an exploration of the fundamental concept of loose parts in early childhood education. We'll delve into the versatile world of loose parts, understanding their open-ended nature and their profound impact on stimulating imagination and creativity in young minds. Learners will gain insights into the significance of loose parts as dynamic tools for learning and play. By the end of the lesson, participants will have a solid grasp of what constitutes loose parts and the transformative role they play in shaping the educational experiences of children in their formative years.

2. Exploring Open & Closed Ended Resources


Dive into the nuanced world of open and closed-ended resources in the context of loose parts play. This lesson goes beyond the basics, guiding participants to differentiate between resources that encourage limitless creativity and those that prompt specific outcomes. Learners will gain a deep understanding of how open-ended resources foster exploration, innovation, and diverse learning experiences, while closed-ended resources provide structure and targeted learning goals. By the end of this lesson, participants will be adept at selecting and utilizing both types of resources strategically to enhance the richness of children's play and developmental outcomes.

3. Uncovering The Theory Behind Loose Parts


In this illuminating lesson, participants will journey into the theoretical foundations that underpin the use of loose parts in early childhood education. We'll explore how loose parts align with influential pedagogical philosophies such as James Gibson's affordance theory & the theory of loose parts play by Simon Nicholson, gaining insights into the deep-rooted connections between theory and practice. By the end of the lesson, participants will not only understand the theoretical framework supporting loose parts but also gain the knowledge to integrate these principles effectively into their teaching practices.

4. Establishing Health & Safety Protocols


Safety is paramount in the world of loose parts play, and this lesson equips participants with the essential knowledge and skills to create secure environments for children. Through a meticulous exploration of potential risks and hazards associated with loose parts, learners will develop robust health and safety protocols. Practical guidance will be provided on implementing preventive measures and ensuring the overall well-being of children engaged in loose parts play. By the end of this lesson, participants will be empowered with the tools to foster a safe and nurturing environment where the magic of loose parts can unfold without compromising the well-being of young learners.

5. Tips on How to Source Resources


Unlock the secrets to curating a rich collection of loose parts with practical insights and strategies in this resourceful lesson. Participants will discover effective tips for sourcing diverse and suitable materials that align with the principles of loose parts play. From budget-friendly options to sustainable procurement methods, this lesson provides a comprehensive guide on building an inspiring inventory for educational settings.

6. Schematic Play & Loose Parts


Embark on a fascinating exploration of the intersection between schematic play and the enchanting world of loose parts in this illuminating lesson. Participants will delve into the intricacies of how loose parts can align with and enhance different types of schematic play, deepening their understanding of children's developmental stages. Learners will gain insights into the symbiotic relationship between children's inherent play schemas and the versatile nature of loose parts. By the end of the lesson, participants will not only recognize the interconnectedness of schematic play and loose parts but will also be equipped to tailor environments that cater to diverse schematic preferences, fostering enriched and purposeful play experiences.

7. Designing Your Environment


Transform your learning spaces into dynamic and intentional environments that spark creativity and engagement in this inspiring lesson. Participants will explore the principles of designing environments tailored for loose parts play, integrating elements that stimulate curiosity and imaginative exploration. From layout considerations to the strategic placement of loose parts, this lesson provides a blueprint for creating environments that support holistic development. By the end of the session, participants will be empowered to design intentional spaces that cultivate a sense of wonder and discovery, enhancing the magic of loose parts in early childhood education.

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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