External Assessment - Research Task 2
‘It is important to plan to meet the care and learning needs of all children’ Criteria 1 - Write an introduction which explains why it is important to plan to meet the care and learning needs of all children.
Criteria 2 - Explain a range of different approaches to planning which meet both the care and learning needs of all children.
When planning to meet care and learning needs of children, there are many approaches which can be used such as, long, medium, short planning, PLOD’s, learning journey’s, the planning cycle and routines. It’s important there’s a wide range of approaches in order to find which one best suit an individual child which is essential as all children have different needs and some will require different planning to others.
‘Children are unique individuals and you should be aware of how to work with a range of children with varying needs.” Scott (2008 p2)
When planning to meet the child’s care needs the practitioner needs to work with the parent to find out the child’s needs, these could be dietary or medical requirements and rest times so it similar to the child’s home routine. A care plan is useful for planning, as it is detailed and identifies the individual child’s needs. A routine is a sequence of events, it is vital for meeting the children’s care needs. A routine plan can help children feel safe and secure within their environment. This links to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, under the level of ‘safety’ and ECM ‘safe and secure’. In 1970 Maslow said ‘Psychologically, children need to feel safe and secure before they can learn’. Puckett (2004,p207) http://www.lapetite.com/parent-resources/blog/2011/12/keeping-your-child-safe-lpa/
When planning to meet the care and learning needs of children, parent’s wishes must be taken into consideration for example; the diet of the child, this is linked to Every Child Matters (ECM) which was created in order to give any child with any background or any circumstances the support they deserve and need to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve through learning, make a positive contribution to society and achieve economic well-being.
Parents have a huge part to play as they may wish for their child to follow religious beliefs such as; Jewish meals must be Kosher; Islam meals must be Halal and so forth, also they may wish for their child to follow their belief which could be vegetarian, therefore when planning which involves foods its vital these points are taken into consideration. Parent’s views must be listened to and valued and it’s important when planning to meet children’s needs to take into consideration what festivals they follow. As well as religious and personal dietary requirements there are also allergy requirements, these must be strictly followed in order for the child’s health and well-being. Could you have related it to your practice?
The planning cycle is an effective method for planning to meet the care and learning needs of children, it gives practitioners the opportunity to review which will help them to make any improvements which is vital in order meet children’s needs as best as possible, therefore it’s a very accurate way of meeting needs. According to Tassoni (2007 p108) “Planning for individual children’s interests means that they can learn more effectively as they are already interested in what they are doing’.
A long term plan provides a structure which helps practitioners ensure that they cover all the various areas of development and learning and the principles in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework and the National Curriculum. Legal responsibilities, link to Education or Children’s Act
‘The purpose of a long-term plan is to be more strategic about what you intend doing and how you will embed interests that you know are likely to occur, such as seasonal or cultural ones.. Scott (2008 p10)