Ensuring That Your Early Years Environment Supports High Quality Adult-Guided and Child-Initiated Learning

Course outline:

‘Each area of learning and development must be implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others’. Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage 1.8 page 9

The course will consider the many elements that contribute to creating an outstanding indoor and outdoor learning environment —from aesthetics, access to a range of open-ended natural and man-made resources and materials, through to providing opportunities for inquiry-based learning. We will explore how the environment impacts on children’s wellbeing and learning dispositions, and the role of the adult in planning and supporting high-quality adult-guided and child-initiated learning.

  • Develop practitioners’ understanding of the importance of the environment in supporting the 7 areas of learning and development.
  • Explore how to plan and resource a learning environment so that it effectively supports adult-guided and child-initiated learning.
  • Explore how the learning environment can be resourced to support independence, creativity, imagination and open-ended enquiry-based learning.
  • Explore how classroom areas can facilitate and encourage communication and language development.
  • Practitioners will receive an in-depth environment audit--a resource that could be used to evaluate their current learning environment and plan for possible improvements.
Ideal for: EYFS leaders, senior leaders, nursery and reception teachers

Course Cost: Cost: £165 +VAT

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Course 16th October 2018 Registration: 09:00 AM Course Starts: 09:30 AM Course Ends: 03:30 PM

Course Venue

Durham Cricket Ground


Lorna Davidson

Lorna boasts a breadth of quality teaching experience, having taught across all Primary Key Stages in the role of class teacher and Senior Manager. As a local authority Communication, Language and Literacy Development Consultant, she supported teachers in the development of early reading, writing and phonics through training, modelling of teaching, development of learning environment, and analysis of data. Her particular area of interest is working within Early Years, using her creativity and innovative approach to generate exciting indoor and outdoor learning experiences. Lorna has a Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification and provides stimulating sessions within a school’s natural environment and in Forest School settings.

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