As a trained nursery nurse and an early years specialised teacher I have strong views on child development and the best ways that children learn.
But I’m so shocked to see the views of many reception teachers that believe in formal type teaching for 4 year olds!
I think learning can be created in a play based way which is engaging and enriching for young children rather than children being pushed though a set of instructions sat at a table like a product on a conveyer belt!
I do feel like I’m on a bit of a rant with this rather than a blog post, but my passion for this is so strong!
I enjoy reading about the ways in which children learn and the provision teachers can plan for children to support this.
Play based learning can help children develop critical thinking, problem solving and social skills in self initiated activities with the teacher being the facilitator of this.
(Taken from the conversation).
Although research has provided that this is much more effective than adult led learning, it still isn’t looked upon as being as important in many schools?I personally think this is due to the demands of the curriculum and the pressure of the job. Teachers feel they have to get children to a certain point and the only way they can see them reach that point is through more adult input…
With the whole debate of a child’s ‘readiness’ for school it’s clear to see how teachers are pressurised into doing the opposite of what child development states.
I’m hoping one day this will change, as education is definitely not a one size fits all, and we should be creating a curriculum that fits in with the child rather than a curriculum that we try fit the child into.
I’d love to know your thoughts?