The Reception Year is a special time for children and their teachers. This text celebrates the uniqueness of the Reception Year and the unique role of the Reception Teacher. This is a book for those aspiring to be reception teachers, those new to teaching in reception and for those with a love for the reception year.

You as Creator of the Learning Environment

You as Creator of the Learning Environment

You as creator of the learning environment
Samantha Weeks Claire Underwood

In this chapter we will begin to consider:

  • the relationship between pedagogy, knowledge of child development and the organisation of the learning environment;
  • the significance of developing a shared understanding among your team in order to create an effective enabling environment;
  • the unique nature of our individual classrooms;
  • the role that children can have in creating their learning environments and opportunities.

Figure 5.1 Collaborative artwork inspired by Kandinsky and Rainbows

Figure 5.1


The introduction of the EYFS (DfES, 2012) in England as a play-based, child-centred and principle-led framework meant many things to many people. For the purposes of this chapter the principle of ‘Enabling Environments’ is a helpful ...

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