The government’s vision for Families in the Foundation Years is centred on child development and puts a responsibility on all professionals working with young children and their families to have a secure understanding of how children develop.
You know that findings from early childhood studies and neuroscience have shown that children’s early experiences are important in affecting health, behaviour and developmental outcomes.
In their first three years children develop physically, cognitively and emotionally at a faster rate than at any other time in their lives. All professionals need to respond to this by supporting children as they learn to walk and run, speak and communicate, relate to others, play and explore their world.
You need to provide your children with the balance of child-initiated play, focused and structured learning to ensure that they enjoy learning to read, write, use numbers, think mathematically, explore their world and make creations.
The principles and commitments of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework are rooted in child development, effective pedagogy and learning and development.
When did you last take some time out to read or refer to a piece of research on child development to inform your practice?
How do you use your knowledge of child development to work with children and families for whom English is not their first language?
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