Early childhood education is an important time in a child’s life in regards to their learning and development. As a teacher in an early childhood educational setting it is important to understand your own values and attitudes, how these contribute to your teaching and learning philosophy, and in turn educational practices within the setting. The role of a good early childhood teacher is to guide, challenge and support children in a safe and engaging environment as they develop important skills and knowledge for life. Providing children with opportunities that foster their sense of inquiry, encourage play and allow for meaningful exploration of the world around them will enhance the overall development of each child. A holistic approach to children’s learning and development is the basis for providing quality early childhood education.

For effective teaching and learning to occur:

  • Children must feel safe and secure within their learning environment which can be achieved through building strong relationships with children, families and the community.

  • Children must feel confident and able to take suitable risks and overcome challenges.

  • Children should be given autonomy and be involved in everyday curriculum decisions in order to direct and enhance their learning.

  • Children should be seen as important contributors to their own learning, and should be encouraged to seek knowledge and construct meaning about ideas and concepts.

  • Early childhood teachers should scaffold learning and support children to enhance their learning and development, allowing them to progress through the zone of proximal development.

  • Learning should be conducted in social contexts which allow for collaboration between peers, educators, families and communities.

  • Play is an essential part of the curriculum and allows for children to engage with the world around them and explore with different environments, roles and identities and actively engage with objects, people and representations in order to make sense of their social worlds.

Early childhood settings should be designed to facilitate a collaborative, problem-solving, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. An emergent curriculum should be used for planning learning experiences within an early childhood setting which allows educators to respond to children’s current interests and questions. This allows for a more child-directed curriculum.

Children are capable learners and should be offered a range of hands-on experiences within a play-based context in order to enhance their skills and knowledge for life-long learning.

 

“Play is the highest form of research” – Albert Einstein

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