A Guide to Early Years Practice (1998) by Sandra Smidt

By Sandra Smidt

This can be the 1st booklet for early years execs and scholars inclusive of information on inspections and the way to fulfill the "desirable outcome". it really is written in a transparent and obtainable means, and provides counsel to advertise studying.

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Can you think of how the addition of stones to the water tray would offer the children a cognitive challenge? Or would you prefer to put completely different things in the water the next day? Lettie, possibly without knowing it, is operating the theory of ‘Match’ devised by McVicker Hunt. He believed that children will be assisted in their learning when they are offered something new in a situation, but he emphasised that the gap between the old and the new must be neither too big nor too small.

This is certainly the starting point for good early years provision and one to which you have probably already paid a lot of attention. In this section we will explore what you might provide and how you can ensure that what you provide meets the learning needs of the children. Not all children are in the fortunate position of Maria in the example above. Many children do not attend well-equipped nurseries, but find themselves in church halls, village halls, draughty rooms, upstairs in someone’s front room in a block of flats or in the annex to the local community centre.

But since nurseries are about 27 SUPPORTING AND EXTENDING LEARNING learning and development the role of the adult is much more important than merely supervision. It is about more than ensuring that you have provided a stimulating and challenging environment with many meaningful activities which you have planned according to what you have observed about children’s existing knowledge and current interests. From birth children are involved in interactive acts with adults and others. Wells (1986) believes that children are impelled to interact, especially through speech, because of their urge to communicate their desires and needs more explicitly.

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