How Do I Approach Children’s Learning

Guidelines from Development Matters (Early Education 2012; p 6), suggest Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. Children’s learning experiences can show some diversity which also affects the rate of development of different children. Children in my setting have different learning experiences because of their culture and background. The approaches in which their learning takes place and the interactions in the setting, schools, outdoor environment, or home is recognized in early years policies. Children's learning experiences can reflects their feelings about their early learning experiences which can show some positive experiences and some failures. Values, beliefs and foundations of ones early learning can form a mixture of different points of view to approach children’s learning, and can influence the way to provide and arrange learning environments, choice of activities, aimed at offering opportunities for engagement and open up possibilities which can support children’s learning process. Recognizing that perceptions can be negative and can act as a barrier to learning and at the same time as starting point for new learning is a positive way to understand children learning experiences. Significant researchers, whose theories have been tested in the field of early childhood education like Piaget, and Vygotsky, have some insights into my views as there is no right or wrong approach. Different approaches and different perspectives of how children develop and learn from birth to the start of school can guide practice working with children, families and colleagues in supporting children’s learning process. it is important to encourage partnership with parents to understand children’s prior experiences, child’s interests, ideas and concerns, which can provide support.