Early Years

Supporting Teaching and Learning

Supporting Teaching and Learning

'Teaching should not be taken to imply a ‘top down’ or formal way of working. It is a broad term that covers the many different ways in which adults help young children learn. It includes their interactions with children during planned and child-initiated play and activities: communicating and modelling language; showing, explaining, demonstrating, exploring ideas; encouraging, questioning, recalling; providing a narrative for what they are doing; facilitating and setting challenges. It takes account of the equipment adults provide and the attention given to the physical environment, as well as the structure and routines of the day that establish expectations. Integral to teaching is how practitioners assess what children know, understand and can do, as well as taking account of their interests and dispositions to learn (characteristics of effective learning), and how practitioners use this information to plan children’s next steps in learning and monitor their progress.’

The impact of the curriculum on what children know, can remember and do is highly effective. Children demonstrate this through being deeply engaged in their work and play and sustaining high levels of concentration. Children, including those children from disadvantaged backgrounds, do well. Children with SEND achieve the best possible outcomes.

Early years inspection handbook September 2019

Teaching includes:

  • Positive interactions with children during planned and child-initiated play and activities.
  • Taking account of the enabling learning environment including the structure and routines of the day that establishes expectations.
  • Assessment of what every child knows, understands and can do, including taking into account children’s interests and dispositions to learning (characteristics of effective learning).
  • Using this information to plan the next steps for learning and ensuring all children make good progress relative to their starting points (the observation, assessment and planning cycle).

Additional Guidance about Teaching and Learning in the EYFS

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