‘The first edition of this book set a milestone in writing about under threes. This second edition builds on that great achievement: its thinking about loving interactions in nurseries marks it out for its bravery and profound importance for a new generation of practice’-Peter Elfer, University of Roehampton

Understanding Every Child

Understanding every child

This chapter will discuss:

  • The subtleties of the key person approach
  • Observation for planning
  • Recording and assessing for planning and progressing
  • What is meant by planning for learning?
  • How to plan effectively

This chapter examines the importance of understanding every child so that the particular and distinct needs of each unique child can be understood and met. In particular, the chapter focuses on the role of the adult and how the key person approach can best be used to support young children and their families when gathering and sharing information and planning next experiences for the children.

In this chapter we consider the place of observation, record-keeping and assessment in the planning process and how highly skilled managers can support the positive development of potentially complex ...

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