This four part course is suitable for both experienced and less experienced teaching assistants who want to improve their understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and their vital role in supporting young children’s learning and development. It is essential that the same teaching assistant attends all four parts of the course. The course will include activities and tasks to complete in school between sessions. This course requires the support of the class teacher and time and resources to complete the tasks after each session.
The four afternoon sessions will focus on:
- Understanding and supporting children’s play
What is play and why is it essential for children’s development? Playing with children is a vital part of the role of the teaching assistant- how do we recognise when is a time and when is not a time to intervene? What do mean by pedagogy and what are the key ways that young children learn? How can the teaching assistant most effectively support children’s learning and development in various contexts?
- Creating an effective learning environment
What do we mean by an ‘enabling environment’ to support young children’s learning? How can the teaching assistant be most effective in supporting the class teacher in the preparation, planning and creation of irresistible provision in the classroom? What strategies can we use to ensure the environment appeals to and supports the learning of both boys and girls?
- Observation and assessment
Why do we need to observe and assess children in the early years and what do we really need to know about each child’s learning? We will discuss observation and assessment as being the starting point for teaching and learning. We will discuss how to make useful observations and understand what they tell us about what children know, understand and can do, and their next steps.
- Supporting children’s well-being and involvement and the role of the key person in Reception and Nursery classes
The Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework requires that ‘each child must be assigned a key person. Their role is to help ensure that every child’s care is tailored to meet their individual needs to help the child become familiar with the setting, offer a settled relationship for the child and build a relationship with their parents.’ (Key person 3.27). We will discuss the vital role of the teaching assistant in fulfilling this requirement. Delegates will gain a further understanding of the characteristics of effective early learning and also explore the Leuven scales for well-being and involvement.
There are 4 sessions between Thursday 2 November 2017 and Thursday 7 December 2017