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.

An Alternative Way Forward

An Alternative Way Forward

This Chapter Will…

  • rethink traditional views of school readiness in light of the discussions of Lifelong Learning throughout the preceding chapters and consider an alternative way forward
  • reflect on the features of Lifelong Learning and consider how these can be embodied within the logistics, environments and experiences of formal schooling
  • consider the importance of the features of Lifelong Learning in preparing children for unknown futures within the 21st century.

Regardless of the label we affix to it, the early stages of a child’s life sees children transition from a play-based curriculum to formal education. What this does not signify is the beginning of learning. If we move focus away from concerns regarding abilities within determined sets of discrete, uniformly set skills ...

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