Work Related Learning

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Work Related Learning III|

Contents page
Module cover sheet Page 2-3 Introduction Page 4 Analysis of Current Practice Page 5 Literature Review Page 6-8 Critical Review of Current Provision Page 9 Project Impact on the Setting; Positives and negative Page 10 Conclusion Page 11 Recommendations Page 12 Proposal form Page 13-15 Reference Page Page 16-18

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Introduction
The notion of ‘Organic’ is the growth of a living organism without the use of chemical, manmade accelerants (Dictionary.com, 2012). The idea of adapting this concept within our settings through planning would be to allow our children to grow and develop naturally at each individual child’s pace without the hampering of excessive adult intrusion (Hewes, 2011). Within this report I will determine what theorists believe in respect to alternative planning and the expected outcomes within an early years setting. I will also critically evaluate the possible impact such a research task will have on the setting and the children within our care.

Analysis of Current Practice
Current practice for planning at my setting is very formal long term planning that is required to be submitted for approval at the close of each half term to be used throughout the following. During this time if I or another fellow practitioner wishes to change the approved planning we must first must attain approval from the Head Mistress. This method makes it very difficult to plan specifically around individual children’s interests and stages of development as in reality our hands are ‘tied’. I therefore I believe current practice to be in conflict with the requirements set out in the EyFS and the early years framework (Department for Education, 2012). The Head Mistress at my setting is not early years trained with the main of her career and experience being within a secondary school. It can therefore be understood she has little understanding of the need to be flexible with planning and activities to incorporate the individual child’s needs as they develop and the importance of observations. Our Nursery is small with very limited indoor and outdoor space and to keep children’s interest we must change the resources and activities regularly (The National Association of School Psychologists, 2000). It is difficult to implement this as we are required to choose these from a pre-determined list; a good example of this is the development of our home corner to be more child led, we have limited uses the home corner can be it is on a cycle, Kitchen, under the sea, Christmas tree with presents being a few.

Literature Review
It is widely understood that planning within an early year’s setting is an integral tool which enables practitioners to promote learning and development of skills and knowledge in accordance with the EYFS (Early Years Matters, 2012; Department for Education and Skills, 2001; Department for Education, 2012). ‘Practitioners must consider the individual needs, interests, and stage of development of each child in their care’ (Department for Education, 2012, p. 6) therefore whilst planning in order to accommodate the individual child it could be argued that a more flexible...
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