Introduction: “Creativity is now seen as a crucial element in education” according to (Duffy, 2006). Creativity is important for mental health from an early age and is a way of demonstrating quality education and care in a setting. Practitioners are encouraged to promote children to be creative and imaginative in their centres in order to foster a love of learning. “Creativity is fundamental to successful learning. Being creative enables the children in early years to make connections between one are of learning and another and to extend their understanding” (QCa 2000b:116).
The UNCRC known as the UN Convention on the Rights of the child. According to McPartland(2013,P.14)”In essence the convention on the rights of the child sates that children have basic human rights ;to survival; to develop to their fullest potential; to protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation and to participate fully in family cultural and social life”. This convention has four main principles for children these are Non-discrimination, to support the best intrest of the child, for the child to have a right to life, development and survival and last to respect the view of the child. The Childcare Act 1991. This legislation is very important to protecting children.
The younger generation ought to have the best foundation in their early years’ experience in order to prepare them for the challenges they will face when they grow up. Therefore, the quality of early year’s education has a significant impact on children’s development. Who can influence the quality of the early years setting? Leader plays a vital role in establishing a positive relationship and team culture among staff in order to provide a meaningful learning environment for children. There is a large volume of published studies describing that an effective leader is essential to the high quality of early years setting (Lewis and Hill, 2012).
An increased understanding of complex and diverse development and learning requirement of young children has lead towards equally specialized professional workforce for meeting up those needs (Rogoff & Bartlett, 2001). It has been observed that effective and successful partnership results in providing an experience and skills of early childhood professionals in different fields in order to provide universal method for supporting children’s development and learning (Abbott & Pugh, 1998, pp 23). Thus the link between effective provision and leadership is true for early childhood settings, where it has been indicated that practitioner often plays a vital role in delivering quality services (Jorde-Bloom, 1992, pp 579–594). Moreover, effective leadership is considered to be the key factor for effective provision Early Childhood development (Dalli, 2005). Importance for increasing accountability and professionalism is other factors which requires leadership
What makes the ideal leader in an educational setting? In this essay I will be discussing and analysing the main characteristics of what defines an ideal leader. I am also going to include current thinking and practice in the Early Years sector, drawing upon my own experiences involving parents, teachers and children. Furthermore I will be investigating the quality of practice for the provision of education and assess the impact of my role as a leader. It is extremely important to have expert quality leadership in an educational setting, as there is a ‘high correlation between effective leadership and outcomes for children.’ (Audbury, 2011.P.54) The majority of studies on schools effectiveness have shown both ‘primary and secondary leadership
An understanding of child development is essential because it allows us to fully appreciate the cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and educational growth that children go through from birth and into early adulthood. Every child deserves to have a good life style towards the family. Children need full attention or support in order for them to meet their needs. A child must receive better learning and good development in a way that when the child grows it will not fall astray. In giving right learning and development to a child one must be a good parent towards the child.
Introduction The national Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is big nonprofit organization in the US representing childhood education teachers, center directors, Para-educators, college educators, trainers, policy maker, families of young children and advocates. Its main focus is to improve the well being of the young children with important emphasis on the quality of developmental and educational services for children from birth to the age of 8. The association aim is to serve and act on behalf of the requirements, well being and rights of all young children. Its mission is based on three main goals and principles, improving well qualified practitioners, improving childhood education through high supporting program, and
The Key Stage outcome of the framework emphasizes the need to build confidence and social skills in their early years to prepare them for lifelong learning (MOE, 2003). Hence, preschool programs focus on helping children in developing skills needed for school readiness to primary school. Teachers provide opportunities for children to experience real-life situations using pretend play to encourage higher order thinking and enhance problem solving and social skills (Lee, 2012). Schools arrange for visits to primary school, inviting Primary 1 children to talk about they experiences, reading stories about ‘starting school’ and teachers introduce routines of formal schooling. There is also collaboration between preschool and primary school to further cater the needs of children during transition process (Marjory,
Much research, strategy and policy on home-school relationships has focused on the relationship between parents and schools. This is particularly seen in the strong current focus on improving parental engagement in children’s learning, which is a significant factor in children’s educational achievement. Homeschooling lets your children to learn without the time limit and lets them to explore everything that they like, whenever they want, as
The most important current legislation and regulation in UK are Childrenâ€TMs Act 2004, Childrenâ€TMs Act 2006 and Lord Lamingâ€TMs report. It means that all professionals and everyone who is care of children and young people must be aware of the legal aspects. It also gives guidelines to schools and agencies how to deal with problems and issues relating to children. Childrenâ€TMs Act 2004 â€“ it was established to offer legal groundwork to the Every Child Matters document for the care and support of children. These include for example: children should be healthy, be safe in their environments, to make positive contribution to the society or be supported to enjoy life.
Also the practitioner would need to work in partnership with the parents at all times because the parents are the most important people in the child’s life and the parents of the children know their child better than you do. Also in a setting I attended before the practitioner and the mother of a chid liaised in order to put a sticker chart with rewards to help improve the child’s behaviour. The idea of the sticker chart came from B.F. Skinners theory which was positive and negative reinforcement: if children were rewarded for good behaviour then the behaviour is likely to continue. (Bruce T, Meggitt C, 2007). Communication would also be essential while planning for the children because if the child is involved with any other professional then the educational and milestone developments must be communicated between multi-agencies to ensure that everyone is aware of the stage the child is at in his/her learning.
Decisions that children and young people make can have a significant impact on themselves and those around them for years to come. It is vital that children and young people are equipped with the right information and are empowered to make informed choices about the way they choose to behave. This is especially true when it comes to personal safety, and the safety of others as part of negotiating and developing personal relationships. With this in mind, education within the school environment plays a significant role in assisting children and young people to develop these skills. Everyone who works with children needs to support them to help them keep safe and help to support their own wellbeing, and this can be accomplished by; Helping the
Early childhood educators must differentiate instruction, build knowledge together, create multiple opportunities for learning, teach to all developmental domains, integrate content areas, and monitor children’s achievement (Brown, Feger, & Mowry, n. d.). Tools, techniques, and strategies must meet the readiness levels, interest, needs, and cultural identities of individual learners. When young children learn through developmentally appropriate practices they are enabled to connect previous experiences to new knowledge and make meaningful connections. DAP also helps learners meet challenging goals, build confidence and self-esteem, and encourages them to take on a positive approach to learning. The side-effects of non-DAP can result in behavior issues, failed classroom management, miseducation, failure of students reaching their academic potential, and grade
There is a planning cycle which is followed throughout all/most early year’s settings. It is called a child centred approach to planning. Obviously the child is in the middle. Then you observe the child, look and listen to them, note things down. Then you asses the children.