We’ve all heard of the term school readiness but how many of us understand what is meant by it? What does it mean in the context of child development and wellbeing and what implications does it have for creating enthusiastic lifelong learners? How can we really give our children the best start in their most formative years? This book will ensure you understand school readiness but also understand: – the experiential nature of children’s learning – how future success is affected by the experiences that have gone before – the importance of your role in the child’s journey This book will give you the confidence to deliver practice that exceeds expectations and the knowledge to stand by your approach to teaching and caring for the children you work with.

Ensuring The Best Start In Life

Ensuring the best start in life

This Chapter Will

  • look at the effect of children’s early experiences on their future development
  • look at the effect of transitions on children and consider the impact of quality care on their well-being
  • offer practitioners practical advice on delivering quality practices
  • suggest a new way of thinking that considers not being ‘school ready’ but being a Lifelong Learner.

Given the enduring effects of early experiences on children’s lives it is essential that questions are asked regarding the nature and long-term effectiveness of provision offered, mindful of the lenses that responses are viewed through, if we are to ensure the holistic needs of childhood are safeguarded. To this end this chapter explores not simply what is required to prepare ...

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