Teaching and Learning
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, which we are required to follow, sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old and supports an integrated approach to early learning and care.
The learning and development requirements cover:
- the areas of learning and development which must shape activities and experiences (educational programmes) for children in all early years settings
- the early learning goals that providers must help children work towards
- assessment arrangements for measuring progress
it should be noted that Ofsted does not have a preferred style or approach to teaching or play and leaves it to us, as early years practitioners, to make the important decisions about how our children learn. With regard to teaching, Ofsted says it
“is a broad term which covers the many different ways in which adults help young children learn. It includes their interactions with children during planned and child-initiated play and activities: communicating and modelling language, showing, explaining, demonstrating, exploring ideas, encouraging, questioning, recalling, providing a narrative for what they are doing, facilitating and setting challenges. It takes account of the equipment they provide and the attention to the physical environment as well as the structure and routines of the day that establish expectations. Integral to teaching is how practitioners assess what children know, understand and can do as well as take account of their interests and dispositions to learning (characteristics of effective learning), and use this information to plan children’s next steps in learning and monitor their progress.”