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The Tickell review and the EYFS draft statutory framework call for clearer attention to how children learn, and not just what they learn – described as the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning which underpin and drive children’s learning across all areas.

Nancy Stewart of Early Learning Consultancy is the author of a new book published by Early Education which explains why being effective self-regulated learners supports children for life, and how early years practitioners can best foster children’s development as lifelong learners. How Children Learn: The characteristics of effective learning in the early years is available to order from Early Education.

Nancy offers training for settings and local authorities on ‘Becoming Learners for Life’, which supports understanding and recognising elements of effective learning power, developing practice and using the observation-assessment-planning to support children as learners. Focussing on the characteristics of effective learning will be an essential part of preparing to implement the revised EYFS, as the characteristics contain elements that were formally in areas of learning and development including dispositions and attitudes for learning, problem-solving and creativity.

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