This course book is for all degree students who are support staff, particularly teaching assistants (TAs), working in educational settings. It focuses on professional, academic and vocational issues that are common to support workers across the school sectors, and provides essential guidance on the increasingly complex role of all those involved in teaching and supporting learning. The reader is supported throughout by learning objectives, practical and reflective tasks, relevant case studies and chapter summaries. This new edition has been extensively revised to reflect recent changes in legislation, policy and the curriculum. It includes new or significantly amended chapters; on the development of support staff; supporting pupils in crisis; learning in the early years; inclusion, SEN and phonics.

Supporting Learning in the Early Years

Supporting learning in the early years
Jacqui Basquill

Chapter Objectives

By the end of this chapter you will:

  • understand the current practice and theories linked to the Foundation Years;
  • understand the many transitions a young child can go through, both within the school and outside and the effects this may have on their learning;
  • be aware of the welfare requirements of the Foundation Stage.

Links to HLTA Standards

  • Have high expectations of children and young people with a commitment to helping them fulfil their potential.
  • Establish fair, respectful, trusting, supportive and constructive relationships with children and young people.
  • Demonstrate the positive values, attitudes and behaviour they expect from children and young people.
  • Communicate effectively and sensitively with children, young people, colleagues, parents and carers.
  • Recognise and respect the contribution that ...
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