Developmental domains Gross motor development Gross motor development Fine motor development Fine motor development Expression through visual arts Expression through visual arts Expression through language Expression through language Understanding the world of objects Understanding the world of objects –Including technology Understanding the world of people Understanding the world of people –Including social competence Logical mathematical competence Logical mathematical competence Self-organisation & entrepreneurship Self-organisation & entrepreneurship
Learning Together Advisory Service Kent Empowering early years practitioners to improve the quality of provision Colleen Marin
Advisory Service Kent Learning Together Context: Public Service Agreement (PSA) “To promote the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of young children so that they flourish at home and at school.”
Advisory Service Kent Learning Together Public Service Agreement Target 1) To improve the outcomes for children
Advisory Service Kent Learning Together Public Service Agreement Target 2) Reduce the outcomes gap between the areas of high social deprivation and the rest of Kent
Advisory Service Kent Learning Together Settings Involved 175 settings in total in the 3 areas 68% took part voluntarily 119 settings in total 2,081 children
Advisory Service Kent Learning Together Training & Implementation of Project All advisers were trained on use of Leuven system All settings received 4 sessions of Leuven training All settings received: Leuven handbook, Video of Ten Action Points, Box Full of Feelings and a pack of 20 children’s books which supported exploration of feelings
Advisory Service Kent Learning Together Notes of Visit Advisers reported against the 10 Action Points Advisers and practitioners discussed and agreed what impact the work had on children’s learning and development
Advisory Service Kent Learning Together The 10 Action Points Create a rich environment Offer activities based on observation Stimulate activities with open impulses Give room for child initiative Build up positive relations Explore the world of feelings, behaviour & values Support children with special needs
Advisory Service Kent Learning Together Action Points 1 & 2 Rearrange the classroom into appealing corners/areas Check the content of the corners and replace unattractive materials with more appealing ones Example of Results 86% of settings have rearranged the home or drama area 73% create clearly defined play areas 68% have rearranged the writing and book area 50% reflect upon the location of the play areas and initiatives to gain space in the setting 36% have made indoor and outdoor play available at the same time
Advisory Service Kent Learning Together Action Point 6 Widen the possibilities for free initiative and support them with sound rules and agreements 59% have improved free access to materials 41% of settings have child initiated time for 2/3 of the day 45% make rules and agreements concrete for children via the use of pictograms etc 18.2% make the rules together with the children
Advisory Service Kent Learning Together Action Points 9 & 10 Identify children with emotional problems and work out sustaining interventions Identify children with developmental needs and work out interventions that engender involvement within the problem area 91% of settings have used the Leuven scales for well being and involvement 82% make specific interventions for children with Special Needs 55% involve external agencies
Advisory Service Kent Learning Together Process & Outcomes 73% of settings: Leuven work has impacted positively on levels of involvement 41% of settings: children more independent than before 64% of settings: the whole staff team has been trained on Leuven work
Advisory Service Kent Learning Together Conclusions Practitioners are more aware of the impact of the environment on children’s play. They proactively review and change the environment as a result of observations of children’s well being and involvement. Some settings have made the shift from a practitioner orientated to a child orientated way of oganising things.
Advisory Service Kent Learning Together Conclusion Making efforts to observe children’s levels of well-being and involvement and putting the Ten Action points in place Enables practitioners to make fundamental changes towards improvements in the quality of provision for children
Advisory Service Kent Learning Together Audit of 730 PVI settings Use of Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS)
Advisory Service Kent Learning Together ECERS-R ECERS - R AVERAGES 1.31.61.01.20.52.01.7 Difference 18.104.22.168.74.85.04.6 Kent 22.214.171.124.95.37.06.3 Discovery Nursery Ltd - Dover Parents & Staff Programme StructureInteractionActivities Language - Reasoning Personal Care Routines Space & Furnishings
Advisory Service Kent Learning Together ECERS-E ECERS - E AVERAGES -0.4 2.3 -0.10.6 Difference 126.96.36.199.9 Kent 2.75.03.04.5 Discovery Nursery Ltd - Dover DiversityScience Maths Literacy
Advisory Service Kent Learning Together Ofsted 2006 ‘Staff have re-arranged the nursery and resources to support children’s learning, allow them to use their initiative and select freely and independently from a wide selection of purposeful and meaningful activities appropriate to their individual needs’.
A powerful learning environment The constructivist approach The OECD meeting on ECE [Stockholm 2003] High Scope  High Scope  Reggio Emilia  Reggio Emilia  Te Whaariki  Te Whaariki  Experiential Education  Experiential Education 
find a consensus around the criteria ‘wellbeing’ and ‘involvement’ start where you are and accept the limitations sselect a relevant field of action WWhen and where? take initiatives that are promising reflect: why did it work/why not? share your experiences & celebrate How to get there?