This new course explores one of the most challenging characteristics of early learning within the EYFS. Frequently, schools plan well for 'Playing and Exploring' and 'Active Learning' but fail to sufficiently challenge their youngest children to stretch their minds to think creatively and critically in a range of ways.
School leaders need to be confident that they can recognise how young children demonstrate 'Creative and Critical Thinking' in action. They need to know how to recognise deep level thinking in both adult-led contexts and to value the contribution of both to children's learning and development. This is particularly challenging for those who have never taught this age group and the course will be of particular relevance to those without such a background.
Through the judicious use of DVD material, the course materials will offer school leaders a variety of ways to consider the impact of resources, the environment and adult interactions on the quality of young children's thinking, reasoning and understanding.
Julie Fisher, EEA
Start: 0900 for 0930