Early years learning

  • Children can construct their learning.
  • All stakeholders value play as the primary source of inquiry.
  • Children learn by interacting with their community and collaborating.
  • Children are natural communicators, and they should be encouraged in their expression.
  • The classroom is the third teacher.
  • Teachers are guides, partners, and nurturers who facilitate children’s exploration of their interests while working on short- and long-term projects.
  • Documentation is an essential component of communication.
  • Parents are active participants in the education process.
  • The Principles of Ideal Learning Environments
    • The decision-making process reflects an equity commitment.
    • Children build knowledge by combining diverse experiences and making sense of the world.
    • Play is essential for young children’s development.
    • The instruction is tailored to each child’s abilities and development.
    • The teacher is a co-constructor and a co-guide, and they provide a nourishing presence.
    • Relationships are the key to learning for both children and adults.
    • The environment is designed to encourage children’s exploration and independence.
    • Childhood is a precious time.
    • This brief summarizes the scientific research aligned to ideal learning environments. This brief provides a framework for nine principles that underlie equitable, relational, and developmental models of early childhood learning. However, the principles can/should also be applied in other learning environments. These nine principles are not uniform standards for “quality” but a guide to a holistic early learning approach that benefits children and their communities.



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