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