This book was written to help all practitioners working with young children recognise and clearly identify the learning steps within and across each band of Development Matters. Taking each Development Matters descriptor we have translated them into simple "I am learning to" statements that are easy to use in every day planning. Laid out in 3 distinct columns simple learning statements are matched to Development Matters descriptors with a "Looking Ahead" column to help the practitioner visualise where children are heading. Save planning time and use this document to pinpoint next steps in learning, closing the gaps and accelerating progress. They were great! I use them for weekly planning, as there are fewer statements which ensure coverage of the DM statements succinctly. They are also good for support staff - easier to understand.... Also easier for parents to follow and child-friendly. Arley Primary School I have added the learning statements onto our continuous provision plans which are displayed and shared with the foundation team. We discussed how we could model the learning statements language for children to hear and we are hoping the children will absorb this language and start to use the language of learning too! We also shared them during moderation with Year One which was an interesting discussion!All staff members found them very useful and I thought they were good value for money. Kelly Turner - St Paul's Primary School We think they are a great tool for planning and assessment in EYFS and worth every penny! Holbrooks Primary
The new edition of this bestselling textbook continues to provide comprehensive coverage of the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, and is the ideal companion for anyone undertaking any Early Years or Early Childhood Studies course, or those working towards Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). The third edition now includes new chapters on; · International Perspectives on Early childhood Education and Care · The Issue of Professionalism · Pedagogical Documentation · Using the Outdoor Environments in Early childhood Pedagogy · The Role of Digital Technologies in the Early Years This book further supports your study with outstanding learning features including; · A Companion Website with weblinks, free SAGE journal articles, extended case studies and annotated further readings. · Chapter Roadmaps to identify what each chapter will cover at-a-glance. · Case Studies in each chapter to help you link theory to practice · ‘Reflection Points’, ‘Reflective Tasks’ and ‘Points for Discussion’, to help you critically reflect on how the chapter can be applied to your personal and professional development. · Further Readings directing you to external resources to help deepen your understanding
What is meant by high quality observation in the early years? How do you devise effective next steps for young children that build on their interests? How do you ensure that you meet the needs of all the children in your care? Offering a fresh approach, this practical toolkit offers a complete guide to observation, planning and assessment in the early years. It clearly explains the principles of good practice in this area and provides training tools to help practitioners develop their knowledge and skills and embed these principles into their setting. The focus throughout is on helping practitioners to create their own systems for observation, planning and assessment that are appropriate for the children they work with. All the material in the book has been fully tried, tested and proven to work and the methods described can be tailored to meet the needs of individual practitioners. Featuring a wide range of case studies to illustrate how the principles work in practice, the book includes: Making effective observations and assessments Recognising the characteristics of effective learning Ways to engage parents in their children’s learning How to identify next steps and learning priorities Dealing with barriers and maintaining quality over time With fully photocopiable resources throughout and including downloadable training sessions to accompany the book, this is an essential toolkit for all early years managers, leaders and those involved in setting support.
Making provision for high quality and challenging learning experiences in early years settings
Author: Liz Hodgman
Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
This title focuses on how to ensure your setting's physical space and equipment provides the most challenging and interesting environment for children in your care. This book covers: Assessing and improving the learning environment, making the most of your outdoor space and inclusive settings.
This book contains lots of easy-to-introduce activities and techniques that will move your practice towards that outstanding level! Not just when being observed, but all the time. The author, Alistair Bryce-Clegg is known for his original and creative ideas and witty and accessible writing style, and this book does not disappoint! It is filled with brilliant ideas covering everything you need to know as an early years practitioner, including advice for planning sessions, setting up an outstanding environment and encouraging outdoor learning activities. There is also a big focus on child-led learning and help and advice for working with parents. This book is a must for all early years practitioners and early years school teachers eager to ensure their practice is the best it can be for all of the children in their care.
Endorsed by CACHE, this is the ideal book for you if you are an early years professional, a Level 2 or Level 3 child care learner, are working in a pre-school or are working as a child minder. This book will de-mystify the revised 2012 Early Years Foundation Stage, and show how you can deliver the new EYFS using the best and most effective standards of professional practice. Each chapter explains a key theme of the EYFS and follows the same model to ensure ease of reading: 'Understanding this theme', 'Looking at children', 'What the experts say' and 'Effective practice'. The most important theory and research relating to each aspect of the EYFS is clearly and simply explained, and suggestions as to how this can influence effective practice are included. Links between child development and the EYFS are demonstrated using carefully analysed observations of children at different ages, highlighting not only common themes but also the uniqueness in every child's learning and development. Case studies in every chapter provide practical examples of best practice and activities help you reflect on and develop your own practice.
An Introduction to the Foundation Phase provides a practical guide to understanding and implementing the Foundation Phase in any early years setting in Wales. The experienced author team discuss and reflect upon a play based approach to learning and the importance of collaboration between various members in any early years settings. Students are introduced to key topics including: key theories of influential thinkers within early years education, both past and present; international curricula and perspectives on play and how Welsh curriculum compares; effective classroom practice; observational techniques; methods of assessment and how to be a reflective practitioner. Through interviews with different stakeholders, including educational ministers, policy advisors, practitioners and parents, An Introduction to the Foundation Phase concludes by discussing the challenges and complexities of putting policy into practice and considers implications for the future of early years education. Making links between theory, policy and practice is vital for a future workforce and this core text provides a solid foundation for any student within early years. Illustrative case studies, activities, reflective tasks and suggestions for further reading are provided throughout. Online resources for lecturers and students are also included.
This book offers practical research-based advice for teachers and other educators on how to adapt school and classroom procedures, curriculum content, and instructional strategies in order to provide a supportive learning environment for students of minority language backgrounds who are learning the language of instruction at the same time as they are learning the curriculum.
Author: Jonathan Glazzard,Denise Chadwick,Anne Webster
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Are you struggling with the complexities of assessment? Demystifying the process of assessment for learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Assessment for Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage explains in straightforward language how to put principles into practice. Looking at models of assessment, the book draws heavily on examples of real assessments from practice, and the relevant theory is explained in context. Lessons from research are applied to best practice, and issues covered include: self-assessment and peer assessmentcollecting evidence as a basis for making judgementshow to track the child's development in the six areas of learningusing assessment to inform future planningsummative assessment in the EYFSinvolving parents and carers in the assessment processusing assessment to support children with additional needsmoderation "
Have you ever wondered what the Montessori approach is all about and how it can be used to benefit the young children in your setting? This book explains how the Montessori approach works offering guidance on planning and assessment methods alongside practical activities for practitioners to try. Throughout there are practical examples involving children of different ages in a wide range of settings to show how Montessori principles have been implemented. . This new edition has been fully updated to include: The revised areas of learning in the EYFS and how these link to Montessori practice An examination of early effective learning Approaches to effective learning in Montessori settings A new chapter on Montessori approaches to the assessment requirements of the EYFSquestions for reflection This convenient guide will help early years practitioners, students and parents to really understand what the Montessori approach means to their setting and children.
A Practical Approach to Doing Less and Achieving More in the Classroom
Author: Peps Mccrea
'This is a great little book for teachers based on robust evidence.' - Carl Hendrick, Head of Learning and Research at Wellington College *NOTE* If you're looking for ways to short-cut the amount of time you spend planning lessons, then this book is not for you. The approach outlined requires effort and practice, that given time, will lead to higher quality outcomes for less input. OVERVIEW This book is for any teacher who's interested in improving their lesson planning and practice. It outlines a set of mindsets and habits you can use to help you identify the most impactful parts of your teaching, and put them centre stage. It's about doing less to achieve more. But it's also about being happier and more confident in the classroom. Building stronger routines around the essentials will give you more time and space to appreciate and think creatively about your work. CONTENTS ACT I Lean foundations 1. Defining lean 2. Lean mindsets 3. Lean habits ACT II Habits for planning 4. Backwards design 5. Knowing knowledge 6. Checking understanding 7. Efficient strategies 8. Lasting learning 9. Inter-lesson planning ACT III Habits for growing 10. Building excellence 11. Growth teaching 12. Collective improvement
Includes CD-Rom 'Rita Cheminais has once again written a practical resource to help educational settings deliver positive outcomes for all pupils...Settings should consider that working towards the achievement of these standards will complement their existing process of evaluation, review and development' - Special 'This book (and CD-Rom) focuses on practical approaches to achieving Every Child Matters Standards in a wide range of educational settings...[It] is likely to be particularly useful to educational management teams in schools and related settings, especially where they are embarking on the process of applying the standards or evaluating their efforts in achieving them' - Early Years Update `This very practical book is a must for anyone working towards achieving the Every Child Matters Standards. Local authorities, schools, early years settings, children's centres and post 16 providers will find this book invaluable in supporting their goal to meeting the standards. It is easy to use and contains all the information needed at each step of the process. The CD will provide copies of all the forms described in the book which will build up an extensive evidence base to support the self evaluation process' - Lorraine Petersen, CEO of NASEN In this book Rita Cheminais shows you how your setting can achieve the Every Child Matters (ECM) Standards. Paying attention to the practical details, she provides advice and guidance on: - applying the ECM standards to mainstream primary and secondary schools, special schools, Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) and Children's Centres; - undertaking the ECM Standards audit; - monitoring and evaluating progress; - building a portfolio of evidence; - the assessment process. The evidence gathered towards meeting the ECM Standards can be fed into and inform the OFSTED school self-evaluation form (SEF). The author has also included: - full evidence descriptors for each of the 12 ECM Standards in table format, aligned with the relevant ECM outcomes; - useful summary checklists; - an accompanying CD full of downloadable material, including an improvement planning and self-evaluation framework and a Power-Point presentation. Every educational setting needs this book. To access the forms from the CD, click on 'Sample Chapters and Materials' in the left hand navigation.
An Alternative Approach to Teaching and Curriculum in the Elementary School
Author: Kieran Egan
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
"I am very impressed by the practicality of [Egan's] introduction of the use of story-forms in curriculum for young children. His model is fascinating, and its various possibilities in a range of fields makes it worth a good look by many kinds of teachers."—Maxine Greene, Teachers College, Columbia
The Practical Guidance in the Early Years Foundation Stage series will assist practitioners in the smooth and successful implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Each book gives clear and detailed explanations of each aspect of Learning and Development and encourages readers to consider each area within its broadest context to expand and develop their own knowledge and good practice. Practical ideas and activities for all age groups are offered along with a wealth of expertise of how elements from the practice guidance can be implemented within all early years settings. The books include suggestions for the innovative use of everyday ressources, popular books and stories. Knowledge and understanding of the world cuts across all of the EYFS guiding themes and this book will encourage practitioners to think about and develop their own understanding of the implications for inclusion, respect for oneself and for others irrespective of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties, gender, disabilities or abilities.
Improving the Quality of Young Children's Play Outdoors
Author: Maggie Woonton
It is now officially acknowledged that outdoor play is extremely important for young children's development and that a few old bikes and a climbing frame just will not do. This book shows how to develop an outdoor learning environment properly for young children and how adult supporters should behave in this space. This book offers examples of good outdoor practice in a range of early years settings. Both practical and theoretical aspects of learning outdoors are covered, tracking a shared enthusiasm for outdoor play amongst practitioners, children and parents. The book shows how the authors set about solving common problems encountered in the outdoor area, and, using photographs, plans and written observations, the book shows how stimulating outdoor learning environments can be created.
Agile Estimating and Planning is the definitive, practical guide to estimating and planning agile projects. In this book, Agile Alliance cofounder Mike Cohn discusses the philosophy of agile estimating and planning and shows you exactly how to get the job done, with real-world examples and case studies. Concepts are clearly illustrated and readers are guided, step by step, toward how to answer the following questions: What will we build? How big will it be? When must it be done? How much can I really complete by then? You will first learn what makes a good plan-and then what makes it agile. Using the techniques in Agile Estimating and Planning , you can stay agile from start to finish, saving time, conserving resources, and accomplishing more. Highlights include: Why conventional prescriptive planning fails and why agile planning works How to estimate feature size using story points and ideal days–and when to use each How and when to re-estimate How to prioritize features using both financial and nonfinancial approaches How to split large features into smaller, more manageable ones How to plan iterations and predict your team's initial rate of progress How to schedule projects that have unusually high uncertainty or schedule-related risk How to estimate projects that will be worked on by multiple teams Agile Estimating and Planning supports any agile, semiagile, or iterative process, including Scrum, XP, Feature-Driven Development, Crystal, Adaptive Software Development, DSDM, Unified Process, and many more. It will be an indispensable resource for every development manager, team leader, and team member.
“Christakis . . . expertly weaves academic research, personal experience and anecdotal evidence into her book . . . a bracing and convincing case that early education has reached a point of crisis . . . her book is a rare thing: a serious work of research that also happens to be well-written and personal . . . engaging and important.” --Washington Post "What kids need from grown-ups (but aren't getting)...an impassioned plea for educators and parents to put down the worksheets and flash cards, ditch the tired craft projects (yes, you, Thanksgiving Handprint Turkey) and exotic vocabulary lessons, and double-down on one, simple word: play." --NPR.org The New York Times bestseller that provides a bold challenge to the conventional wisdom about early childhood, with a pragmatic program to encourage parents and teachers to rethink how and where young children learn best by taking the child’s eye view of the learning environment To a four-year-old watching bulldozers at a construction site or chasing butterflies in flight, the world is awash with promise. Little children come into the world hardwired to learn in virtually any setting and about any matter. Yet in today’s preschool and kindergarten classrooms, learning has been reduced to scripted lessons and suspect metrics that too often undervalue a child’s intelligence while overtaxing the child’s growing brain. These mismatched expectations wreak havoc on the family: parents fear that if they choose the “wrong” program, their child won’t get into the “right” college. But Yale early childhood expert Erika Christakis says our fears are wildly misplaced. Our anxiety about preparing and safeguarding our children’s future seems to have reached a fever pitch at a time when, ironically, science gives us more certainty than ever before that young children are exceptionally strong thinkers. In her pathbreaking book, Christakis explains what it’s like to be a young child in America today, in a world designed by and for adults, where we have confused schooling with learning. She offers real-life solutions to real-life issues, with nuance and direction that takes us far beyond the usual prescriptions for fewer tests, more play. She looks at children’s use of language, their artistic expressions, the way their imaginations grow, and how they build deep emotional bonds to stretch the boundaries of their small worlds. Rather than clutter their worlds with more and more stuff, sometimes the wisest course for us is to learn how to get out of their way. Christakis’s message is energizing and reassuring: young children are inherently powerful, and they (and their parents) will flourish when we learn new ways of restoring the vital early learning environment to one that is best suited to the littlest learners. This bold and pragmatic challenge to the conventional wisdom peels back the mystery of childhood, revealing a place that’s rich with possibility. From the Hardcover edition.
This enduring classic of educational thought offers teachers and parents deep, original insight into the nature of early learning. John Holt was the first to make clear that, for small children, “learning is as natural as breathing.” In this delightful yet profound book, he looks at how we learn to talk, to read, to count, and to reason, and how we can nurture and encourage these natural abilities in our children.”
Committee on Integrating the Science of Early Childhood Development,Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education,Institute of Medicine,Board on Children, Youth, and Families
Author: Committee on Integrating the Science of Early Childhood Development,Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education,Institute of Medicine,Board on Children, Youth, and Families
Publisher: National Academies Press
Category: Social Science
How we raise young children is one of today's most highly personalized and sharply politicized issues, in part because each of us can claim some level of "expertise." The debate has intensified as discoveries about our development-in the womb and in the first months and years-have reached the popular media. How can we use our burgeoning knowledge to assure the well-being of all young children, for their own sake as well as for the sake of our nation? Drawing from new findings, this book presents important conclusions about nature-versus-nurture, the impact of being born into a working family, the effect of politics on programs for children, the costs and benefits of intervention, and other issues. The committee issues a series of challenges to decision makers regarding the quality of child care, issues of racial and ethnic diversity, the integration of children's cognitive and emotional development, and more. Authoritative yet accessible, From Neurons to Neighborhoods presents the evidence about "brain wiring" and how kids learn to speak, think, and regulate their behavior. It examines the effect of the climate-family, child care, community-within which the child grows.