22 Nov, 2019
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Children learn through first-hand experiential activities with the serious business of ‘play’ providing the vehicle. Through their play children practise and consolidate their learning, play with ideas, experiment, take risks, solve problems, and make decisions.
At YCIS, in order to provide high-quality experiences for our young children, we provide a balance of adult-directed and child-initiated activities, along with child-initiated activities that are then picked up on and supported by an adult – these are opportunities for ‘sustained shared thinking’ to take place.
How do our teachers support the learning?
The role of the teacher in child-initiated learning is to:
What resources and materials will your child use to support their learning?
To support child-initiated learning the following resources (plus many more) are provided to develop interesting open-ended resources for children to explore and use.
Why is developing the children’s independence so important?
One of the key skills for life that we want to empower our children within ECE is independence, both in relation to their actions and their thinking. To become independent, children have to be confident in their own abilities otherwise they will remain over-reliant on the support of other adults or their more confident peers. Their confidence grows through opportunities to try new things in a safe and supportive environment with lots of positive reinforcement for their success and strategies to support any failures they may have along the way. Young children are on the whole very resourceful and very resilient, and when left to their own devices or given opportunities to be independent they can often surprise us.
Within ECE the teachers are creating an environment and planning activities that are teaching children fundamental skills and giving them opportunities to put those skills into practice on their own, too. This might involve something as simple as filling a paint pot or as complicated as making bread. Both, and much more, are possible because the teachers are providing the right environment and giving the children an opportunity to have a go for themselves.