Age Range: 6-8 years
Introduction on early years education Page 3
Types of learning Page 6
Techniques of learning Page 7
Every child matters Page 9
Birth to three Page 10
Foundation Stage Page 12
National Curriculum Page 14
Topic 1 Page 18
Evaluation Page 24
Topic 2 Page 27
Evaluation Page 33
Theorists and theories Page 36
Bibliography Page 40
Appendix Page 41
Early Years Education
Early childhood is a crucial stage of life in terms of children's physical, intellectual, emotional and social development and of their well-being. The growth in children is both rapid and differential. A large proportion of learning and cognitive development takes place from birth to age six.
In between this age this is when children need particularly high quality care and pleasant learning experiences.
The Government's early years policy aims provide a broad range of services for young children, effective education requires both a relevant curriculum and practitioners who are able to apply the curriculum requirements.
Every child has the right to an educations an no child should be excluded or disadvantaged because of his or her race, culture or religion, home language, family background, special educational needs, disability, gender or ability.
To be effective, a structured early years curriculum is needed. There should be three strands: provision- for the different stages in which children develop their learning, building on what they are already able to do; Appropriate matter which matches the different levels of children's needs; and planned and purposeful activity which provides opportunities for teaching and learning.
A well-structured environment gives a child a stimulating start to life. It provides the ability to enable children explore, experiment, plan and make decisions for themselves, thus enabling... [continues]
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