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.

How Children Learn

How children learn

This Chapter Will

  • supply a theoretical basis for how children gain dispositions for a lifetime of learning
  • look at the development of children’s neurology during the early years and the importance of experiential learning
  • consider the need for social interactions and effective environments within quality early experiences.

If we are to prepare children for meeting all the demands of their future we need to understand how children learn, where and when this process takes place and how we can best facilitate these processes for all children. By understanding the unique nature of children’s individual learning journeys and the importance of social interactions, this chapter will consider the environments essential to developing children within their early learning and the mindsets that need to operate ...

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