All practitioners need to promote children’s learning within the guidance given by the EYFS framework by offering a balance of child led and adult led based activities. Each practitioner must observe the children and plan activities which meet the individual needs and interests. They must also follow the interests of the child; asking them what they would like to do and how they may do it etc. We must also ensure that we are providing opportunities for children to lead the activity themselves, and supporting them to do this.
4.2 – Explain the importance of engaging with a child to support sustained shared thinking
It is important to allow shared thinking of two or more individuals where they are working together on deciding how they are going to do something. They will talk about how they are going to do it, and what could happen. Children will need support so they feel confident they can do something and they will also need encouragement to actually take part. The more opportunities they get to do this the more confident they will feel about doing it on their own. If you use a topic the child is really interested in they are more likely to take part and become more confident.
It is important that you promote the learning and development of a child at this age as it will allow them to become more confident in themselves and their ideas. It is important for a practitioner to reflect on what they have done as it will allow them to see what went wrong or well and what they can do better next time. This is effective as it allows us to think on what we have done. For example if we have done an activity with a child for the first time afterwards we could reflect and see how it went and what we could do next time to make sure it is better.