Personal and thinking skills underpin every aspect of a child’s learning and development
journey in the early years foundation stage.
Continuous Provision: Personal and Thinking Skills gives practical guidance on how
to further these skills, so that children can continue to develop their abilities independently and
when the practitioner is not present.
When effectively developed, personal skills enable children to manage stress, to bounce back
after difficulties, to understand that mistakes are important for learning, and to communicate
and co-operate with others. Thinking skills are about making decisions, solving problems
systematically and thinking critically, it is therefore crucial that practitioners promote and embed
them consistently within focused activities in daily provision.
This book is the ideal text for every childcare professional wanting to build and develop their
young learners’ thinking and personal skills, and those who need further guidance on what to
teach and how to teach to foster them constructively and with confidence.
Ideal for practitioners working with children aged 30 months onwards.
Claire Hewson is an experienced early years teacher and education writer. She is contributor to
several early years magazines and co-author of The Early Years Foundation Stage in practice, by
Practical Pre-School Books. Claire is based in Cambridge.