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Characteristics of Effective Learning

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Characteristics of Effective Learning

In planning and guiding children’s activities, practitioners must reflect on the different ways that children learn and reflect these in their practice’
Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, DfE (2017)

‘What children learn is important, but how children learn is even more important if they are to become learners in today’s society.’ Helen Moylett
How Children Learn, Nancy Stewart (2011)

The emphasis on how children learn has huge potential to transform early years practice and empower children as confident, creative lifelong learners. Research demonstrates these characteristics can be supported or hampered by the experiences children encounter. In the best EYFS provision, children are encouraged to follow their interests, make independent choices about their learning and are supported to develop their thinking skills through skilful adult interactions.

The characteristics are interconnected but each has distinct features. The characteristics are:

Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things and are willing to have a go.
Active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying when they encounter difficulties and enjoy their achievements.
Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, are able to make links between ideas and develop a range of strategies for doing things.


You can find information about our bespoke training packages, in-house training opportunities and training courses in our Services for Early Years Providers Brochure 2018-19. Click here for the latest training calendars which detail the information about dates and venues for each course.

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