- 1 What is the document how good is our early learning and childcare?
- 2 Why is it important in the early learning environment to monitor children’s learning and development?
- 3 Who is the founder of ELC?
- 4 What is ELC approach?
- 5 Why is documentation important in early childhood?
- 6 What are the core values of vision?
- 7 What are the 4 types of observation in childcare?
- 8 Why document student learning?
What is the document how good is our early learning and childcare?
What is HGIOELC? – HGIOELC stands for How Good is Our Early Learning and Childcare, and it is the Early Years framework in Scotland since 2016. It’s made up of 15 quality indicators (QIs) and organised into three different key areas: Leadership and Management; Learning Provision; Successes and Achievements.
- Helping childcare practitioners by offering them various illustrations of practice, this new framework aims to improve early learning and childcare for children aged 5 and under.
- Self-improvement and self-evaluation are major parts of HGIOELC making sure that kids are prepared to start primary school and tackle the challenges posed by the Curriculum for Excellence, the national curriculum of Scotland.
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What is good about ELC?
Have you discovered the big benefits of ELC? There’s loads of research that says children who attend high quality Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) develop faster. The calming and positive influence that ELC offers in fun, friendly and safe environments can help little minds and bodies grow. Image of a child sitting at a table, solving a colourful puzzle. That first time your wee one’s in a nursery or with a childminder can be a challenge for both of you. But it can also be the best decision for everyone. A new environment with new faces and new experiences can be just what your child needs to help them learn and become more confident.
Improving language and social skills. Encouraging your child to learn through play with other children. Enhancing their learning journey with benefits that they take forward into school.
Image of one child sitting at a table while other child serves her toy food. Image of three children crouching on grass, with one child holding a twig.
There’s a wide range of experiences to excite and delight them. Playing with other children encourages your child to be physically active. Your child can take the lead in their own learning and go at their own pace.
The time your child spends there having fun and learning can be massively useful to mums, dads and carers. Just having some time out and the chance to catch your breath can be reason enough. A few hours can give you the chance to do some work, shopping, or just get essential stuff done.
It gives parents the time to train, study or work. Provides more time during the day to get other things done. It offers parents extra time to look for work or increase their working hours.
Image of an adult and a child sitting at a table in a playroom, spreading tomato sauce on pizza dough. : Have you discovered the big benefits of ELC?
How do you write an analysis of learning in childcare?
Analysis of Learning – It’s important that you should identify and include the learning that took place within this experience. Aim to describe why the events are significant to the child and describe why this experience was important for the child involved.
- In the very first sentence you need to identify the learning outcome that the child has achieved through the experience described in the learning story (it can be the main outcome or a sub outcome).
- The best way to do this is to use a sentence starter to introduce the learning outcome within your analysis.
Below are some sentence starters to help you:
Through this experience. As a result. It is apparent that. With regards to. It can be seen that. According to. As identified.
Once you have a sentence starter as well as the learning outcome you just put it together. Remember to put yourself in the first person by using “I”. For example: Through this experience, I observed Kelly as a confident and involved learner. So, for the sample learning story, I have written I am going to use Learning Outcome 4: Children Are Confident And Involved Learners.
Next step is I’m going to use the following article ” How Children Can Achieve EYLF Learning Outcomes “, find the learning outcome I used for my learning story and choose a sub outcome that best fits. For this I am going to use “Learning Outcome 4.1: Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity”.
If you have already chosen a sub outcome then you don’t have to worry about this bit. Now that I have selected a sub outcome from the main learning outcome, using the same article mentioned above I am going to use the points from “this is evident when children” as examples, along with the details I wrote in my learning story to write my analysis.
- By doing this, it creates a clear link to how the experience in the learning story links with the EYLF learning outcomes.
- For example: I watched as you expressed wonder and interest in your environment “I like painting, is it my turn to paint”, followed and extended on your own interests with enthusiasm, energy and concentration Smiling, on top of the blue circle Kelly painted a red circle and initiated and contributed to play experience emerging from your own ideas,”.it’s a flower”.
To finish off the analysis of learning you can briefly describe your own view of the experience. It doesn’t have to be long just a sentence or two will do. For example: Kelly, you were so eager to paint your flower. You discovered different colours as you mixed 2 colours together.
- I could see how proud and happy you were with your painting.
- You worked very hard to create it.
- So now putting all the bits together the analysis of learning reads like this: Through this experience, I observed you Kelly as a confident and involved learner.
- I watched as you expressed wonder and interest in your environment “I like painting, is it my turn to paint”, followed and extended on your own interests with enthusiasm, energy and concentration Smiling, on top of the blue circle Kelly painted a red circle and initiated and contributed to play experience emerging from your own ideas.”.it’s a flower”.
Kelly, you were so eager to paint your flower. You discovered different colours as you mixed 2 colours together. I could see how proud and happy you were with your painting. You worked very hard to create it. There are going to be times that during the analysis of learning you will want to add more than one learning outcome.
What are the vision values and aims of ELC?
ELC – Vision, Values & Aims Our Vision At Blackwood Primary ELC we strive to establish a caring, nurturing and stimulating environment which encourages creativity and curiosity and recognises each child as an individual, enabling them to attain and achieve.
F is for Friendship To build positive relationships with other children and adults within the nursery and school. R is for Respect To work together to value everyone in our nursery and the school and become responsible citizens. E is for Equality To understand that everyone is equal and should receive the same opportunities and support as required. D is for Determination To believe in yourself to be the best that you can even if things are difficult. Our Aims We aim to:
Provide a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment which builds resilience and where every child is valued and respected as an individual. Create an enabling environment, both indoors and outdoors, which encourages creativity, curiosity and inquiry through the use of real-life and natural resources. Deliver a curriculum which offers high quality, open ended and challenging experiences where adults sensitively intervene to support and facilitate children’s learning. Embed the development of Literacy, Numeracy and Health and Wellbeing naturally within children’s play experiences. Build positive partnerships with our parents/carers, other professionals and the wider community to support children in their learning and development.
: ELC – Vision, Values & Aims
Why is it important in the early learning environment to monitor children’s learning and development?
The most important reason for monitoring each child’s development is to determine whether a child’s development is on track. Looking for developmental milestones is important to understanding each child’s development and behavior. Milestones can help explain a child’s behavior.
How to do documentation in early childhood education?
Unique to the early childhood education experience would be the Reggio Emilia approach to observations and documentation. “The Reggio Emilia approach focuses on children’s experiences, memories, thoughts and ideas in the course of their work. Teacher’s observe and document children’s work with great care and attention to both the content and aesthetics aspects of the display.” http://www.tru.ca/arts/literacies/reggio/reggioarticle1.htm