Provision and Progress for Two Year Olds
Publication Year: 2014
Most practitioners have received little training on the Progress Check, and this is an area of real concern within practice.
- Front Matter
- Subject Index
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To our wonderful children
Nina and Libby, Jess and Tom
No longer two years old but still our joy and our inspiration[Page vi]
List of Figures[Page viii]Figures
- Further Reflection: Theories and Trends 9
- The characteristics of effective learning 12
- Further reflection:theories and trends 20
- Further reflection:theories and trends 35
- Further reflection:theories and trends 53
- Further reflection:theories and trends 63
- Being ‘emotionally flooded’ 73
- Further reflection:theories and trends 74
- Further reflection:theories and trends 92
Our thanks go to the staff, parents and children of the Kate Greenaway Nursery School in Islington, who allowed us to visit and take such wonderful photographs.
Also to Jude Bowen at SAGE for her support, encouragement and belief in us.
About the Authors
Preface: Terrific Two Year Olds![Page xi]
In this book we aim to celebrate the terrific twos and we hope to shed light on how practitioners can provide even the youngest children with both the nurture and the stimulation needed to fill a year of life with growth, wonder and awe.
The increased number of babies and younger children in early year's settings has brought to the fore front the realisation that two year olds have their own unique set of needs. Two year olds call for large amounts of personal attention from empathetic, patient and supportive adults. Two years olds have a natural curiosity, a desire to explore and an appetite for independence. Practitioners can make the most of this zest for learning by providing a supportive, safe yet challenging environment which guides and channels such enthusiasm. A place where care and the early years curriculum is intertwined to provide a seamless and holistic environment where young children feel safe, secure and loved, and where parents instinctively know that practitioners have their child constantly in mind.
The book opens by recognising that positive relationships lie at the heart of all successful settings and that parents and practitioners working together from the beginning will give young children the best possible start to their learning journey.Photo 0.1 A quiet space to look at a favourite book
[Page xii]It outlines how young children learn and how best to create a warm, nurturing and exciting learning environment. It goes on to provide practitioners with information and advice on appropriate expectations for development in the three prime areas of learning, as well as pointing practitioners towards opportunities which encourage young children to flourish. Two chapters are devoted to the personal, social and emotional development of two year olds, in recognition of the importance of this area. Lastly, consideration is given to checking children's progress and meeting children's individual needs. At the end of each chapter there are some starting points for further reflection and suggestions for further reading.
We hope that you will share our passion for the terrific twos and all the many joys and challenges they bring!