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Following children’s interests – who leads the learning?

The revised Statutory Framework for the EYFS has retained the emphasis on child –initiated play and learning and the place of adult-led, focussed activities to support this.  However, the explanation in the EYFS of why and how to do this is brief (1.8) and does not do justice to the complexities of child-led/initiated play, thinking and learning.    Getting the balance right and empowering children to lead their learning with interested and supportive adults is critical to how they see themselves as valued, competent thinkers and learners.  This day will help you to:

  • Understanding what we mean by children’s interests, ideas and fascinations
  • Consider what  children’s interests tell us about their thinking, learning and development
  • Observe  and document children’s interests and plan for their next steps
  • Make the connection between following children’s interests and sustained shared thinking
  • Explore the balance between child-initiated thinking and learning and adult-led teaching
  • Think of  how you can support and extend children’s interests and thinking
  • Use a PLOD model to develop children’s thinking and learning
  • Reflect on your practice and discuss your thinking with others

This day is for all practitioners, teachers and leaders/mangers who want to have a clearer understanding of how child initiated play supports children’s thinking, learning and development.

Trainer: Di Chilvers


Adult-led & child-led learning