A short blurb on best principles and practice for EYFS
On this page you will find key documents in support of EYFS teaching principles, and details of approaches to EYFS learning including Froebel and Montessori, Reggio Emilia and the Leuven Institute.
A FROEBELIAN APPROACH to play requires:
Exciting experiences out and about, which extend children’s interests and open up new possibilities.
Play takes time to get going. It does not thrive if it is squeezed into short time slots or constantly interrupted.
Simple but good quality resources can be transformed into many different scenarios.
to have ownership of their play.
who offer freedom with guidance to enrich the potential of play as a learning context.
The 5 Principles of the MONTESSORI METHOD are based on:
Respect is shown for children by not interrupting their concentration. Respect is also shown by giving pupils the freedom to make choices, to do things for themselves, and to learn for themselves.
Through their senses children constantly absorb information from their world. They then make sense of it because they are thinking beings.
There are certain periods during which children are more ready to learn certain skills, and last only as long as is necessary for the child to acquire the skills. The order in which sensitive periods occur (i.e. a sensitive period for writing) as well as the timing of the period varies for each child.
Children learn best in an environment that has been prepared to enable them to do things for themselves. Always child-centred, the learning environment should promote freedom to explore materials of their choice.
Children are capable of educating themselves. Teachers provide the environment, the inspiration, the guidance and the encouragement for children to educate themselves.
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