- Colour photographs to ‘show how to' create an exceptional learning environment
- Covers all 7 areas of learning (prime and specific) as detailed in the EYFS 2012
- Links to the characteristics of effective learning
This title aims to support practitioners and child care professionals to achieve an outstanding and creative environment using teaching ideas and activities that are simple and easy to replicate.
It is specifically designed for those working in settings with children aged 3-5 and contains detailed photographs of investigation activities, small world scenes, fine motor activities and much more, each accompanied by short captions explaining how achievable it is to take the provision to the next level by utilising everyday resources and getting inside the mind of a child!
Highly practical, the book does not simply tell you how to create outstanding continuous provision but shows how to do it.
Each chapter includes a list of resources needed, a challenge section with ideas on how to extend the provision, feedback from children, links to the current Early Years Framework and key questions for practitioners to ask themselves about each activity, to enable them to reflect on the needs of the child across all 7 areas of learning.
It is also an excellent guide for students taking their PGCE course or any early years child care course.
About the author
Nicola Scade is an Early Years and Key Stage 1 Leader and Acting Assistant Head at Cathedral Primary School, in London Bridge, London. She is an ‘Outstanding' early years teacher who was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013. Nicola holds a BA in Philosophy from Kings College, London, and a PGCE in Early Years from Goldsmith College. Her specialisms are literacy, phonics and open ended provision. Nicola is based in Beckenham, Kent.
"Every child/cohort of children will interact differently and take their learning in very unique directions ... which is why this is my highly recommended, 'if you don't buy another book this year, buy this one', book!"
Martine Horvath, review in eye magazine 1 May 2014
"Some superb ideas to take into settings. Students will find this beneficial when planning activities."
Stephanie Schofield, Childcare Team Leader, Newcastle College.
"The book provides valuable insights and guidance into best practice in Early Years provision. An excellent reference for those seeking to achieve best practice."
Paul Griffiths, Dean of Faculty of Education, University of Brighton.
"Excellent practical advice. Accessible for students who have limited practice experience. Fantastic, original ideas."
Cathryn Keighley, Associate Principal Lecturer, Leeds Trinity University.
"Good, clear book for students to follow and to gain ideas for activities."
Beverley Turley,Team Leader, South Essex College.
"This book is a must for any Early Years Practitioner. Clear and easy to use as well as informative and very up-to-date with current practice. An inspiration to motivate my learners with activities to deliver to young children."
Lucy Frain, Lecturer in Early Years, Tresham College of Further and Higher Education.
"An outstanding book - beautifully illustrated. The scope of activities is very good. The questions that are supplied to help practitioners to extend the activity and to ensure challenge are very useful, as is how the activities can support children's development across the 7 areas of learning."
Gillian Ellis, Lecturer, Cheadle College.
"This book showcases some excellent ideas for activities with children. Very clear and practical for student's to link with the areas of learning. It also provides students with prompts of how to effectively question children during their learning. If I inspected a day care setting or childminder that I felt needed more direction planning exciting activities, I would certainly recommend this book."
Vicky Orlando, Early Years Ofsted Inspector & Lecturer, Cheadle College Network.
"An excellent resource book for students planning activities to be implemented on placement. Full of creative ideas with clear links to EYFS curriculum."
Linda Withy, Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, University of Bolton.
"The book will provide valuable activity ideas for students, particularly those studying in their first year whilst on placement."
Nicola Firth, Senior Lecturer Early Years, University of Huddersfield.
"Excellent text for trainee Early Years Teacher Status programme, especially if their 1st degree is not related to Childhood Studies."
Janice Grinstead, Senior Lecturer, University of Sunderland.