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Early Years Education Foundations

  • Staff Development
  • Emily Macfarlane
  • 30 Mins
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Skill Level

Unqualified Professionals


30 Mins


1 Files

Streaming Content

4 Videos


Are you brand new to the word of early years? Well if so, welcome to our fantastic industry full of inspirational people, incredible little minds and lots of hard work! This introductory class has been designed to take you on a whilst stop tour of all the the essential things within the early years, in order to help you settle in and quickly gain some understanding of the basics. Within each lesson Emily will explore one of the fundamental components of the early years industry ranging from safeguarding to the importance of play!

Skills you'll learn

Lesson Content

1. The Basics of Safeguarding


Emily begins with the most integral aspect of our role, which is protecting the children under our care. No matter your role, job title, experience or level of qualification, safeguarding children is everyone responsibility and something that should be taken with the upmost of importance at all times! As a brand new professional entering the early years industry carrying out safeguarding training and building your knowledge is integral.

2. The Importance of Language


Exposing children to as much language as possible is so important. Neurological research has confirmed that children learn language best through face to face interaction and being surrounded by language rich environments. In this lesson Emily explores the importance of language and communication development and how we can best aid children's development.

3. Creating An Enabling Environment


Learning to utilise your environment as the 3rd Teacher is such an important skill to master when entering the early years industry. In this lesson Emily will take you through the importance of your environment enabling children's innate curiosity, wonder and awe and how we can use it to further their play!

4. The Key Person System & Teamwork


In this final lesson Emily covers a number of other important features of early years such as the key person system and the role teamwork and values play in creating a positive environment. Working in the early years can be hectic at times and relies on quality teamwork and communication.

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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Are all the Network Classes included in my monthly price?

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.

Can I download the videos?

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

Can I only access The Early Years Network on a computer?

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.

Is there a minimum subscription time?

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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