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.

Working Specifically With Babies

Working specifically with babies

This Chapter Will

  • consider the real learning objectives of the very young; understanding how this complex and fascinating world works and recognising their place within it
  • explore how these learning objectives are recognised and achieved through the features of Lifelong Learning
  • recognise that the process of preparing children for school and a lifetime of learning is embedded in every learning opportunity from birth, affecting the whole body (motor skills, sensory, vestibular and proprioceptive) from day one
  • offer suggestions for developing these features of learning with appropriate delivery that will impact achievements and attitudes towards learning in later years.

Provision offered to very young children and the attitudes towards it can often be very different to that afforded to older children (Melhuish, 2003). ...

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