How We Learn

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Characteristics of Effective Learning

What are they?

• Playing and Exploring – Active Learning – Creative and Critically Thinking
They are the different ways in which children learn and engage with other people and their environment.

What do they mean?

• Playing and Exploring - Children investigate and experience things and have a go
• Active Learning - Children concentrate and keep on trying even if they encounter difficulties and they enjoy achievements
• Creating and Critically Thinking - Children have and develop their own ideas and make links between ideas and develop strategies for doing things

What does the characteristics of Effective learning look like in practice

PLAYING AND EXPLORING:-

• Adults provide a wide range of stimulating resources which are accessible, open-ended and relevant to children’s interests.
• There is flexible space indoors and outside for children to explore and move around.
• Adults join in play sensitively, fitting in with children’s existing play ideas.
• Children have uninterrupted time to play and explore.
• Adults provide additional prop to extend children’s imagination and creativity.
• Adults only intervene in children’s play to support, stimulate or extend children’s learning when needed.
ACTIVE LEARNING:-

• Adults observe and reflect on what arouses children’s curiosity and interests.
• Children have opportunities to exercise choice over their activities – setting their own goals and methods.
• Adults ensure children have time and freedom to become deeply involved in activities.
• Adults encourage children to persist with difficulties, trying again or in a different way.
• Adults provide stimulating resources and experiences related to children’s current interests to encourage involvement.
• Adults observe children and note signs of deep involvement and sustained concentration. (the ability to stay focused long enough to complete the task).
• Adults recognise and praise children’s successes.
CREATING AND THINKING CRITICALLY:-

• Adults show and talk about strategies – how to do things, including problem solving.
• Children are encouraged to learn together and from each other.
• Adults need to focus on how, and not just what we are learning.
As part of the daily routine practitioners ensure that:-

• There is sufficient time for children to create their own play and explore their own ideas.
• Children play and their thought processes are not interrupted.
• Time is allowed for children’s play and creativity to reach it’s own conclusions
• Children have the time and necessary resources to solve their own problems.
• Children have opportunities to explore different ways of doing things and find alternative uses for objects.
The environment – practitioners ensure that:-

• A wide range of resources are readily accessible and visible to children.
• Practitioners allow children to move resources freely around to support their play and ideas.
• Play and learning consistently takes place in all areas, including outdoors
• Practitioners observe and support children’s play without inhibiting learning and creativity.
• Open-ended resources are provided which have no intended outcome of use.
Contact Klever Kids Day Nursery Nottingham on 0115 822 8216 to find out more - we look forward to speaking with you soon.
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