Exploring Early Years Theory and Practice

03 December 2019 | Sylvia Hayles

All members of staff were very engaged in the theory treasure hunt.

On Saturday 30th November Dammam Little Explorers staff and Dhahran Little Learners staff engaged in an intense five-hour introduction to Early Years education. From Jean-Jacques Rousseau in the 1700s to the 'Birth to Three Matters' study of the early 21st century, there has long been an awareness that these first years are a precious time for a child's development. The report from the Organisation for the Economic Co-operation and Development recently reinforced this in the 'Starting strong' report. Infants' learning needs to be supported with care. The photo is of a group doing the 'find a pair Early years theory treasure hunt'! All members of staff were very engaged. The focus was on open-ended questioning and scaffolding and the importance of targeted observation of children. We enjoyed watching Carolyn Meggitt's excellent observational training video and analyzed other forms of observation. A video from a Reggio Emilia children's center rounded off the morning.

Meggitt. Carolyn, Child Development An Illustrated Guide (2012) Pearson
Birth to Three Matters: A Framework to Support Children in Their Development Published as 'Birth to Three Matters' (DfES, 2002)
The OECD report, Starting Strong 2017: Key OECD Indicators on Early Childhood Education and Care