unit 1 Essay

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Unit 1. Support children’s care, learning and development in the early years.

1.1. Outline the early years curriculum models supporting children’s care, learning and development

Early years education generally based around common themes, although there are national variations.

Foundation Stage
Framework for children aged 3-5 years and is in accordance with KS1.
Works with set milestones.
Early learning goals cover all areas but are not subject driven.
There are 7 areas of learning:
Personal, social and emotional development
Communication and language
Physical education
Understanding the world
Expressive art and design

Birth to three matters
Regulations for children aged 0-3 years old.
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He believed that formal testing was counter productive as it couldn’t ascertain a child’s holistic development.

Friedrich Frobel’s work and research is seen in modern curriculum’s as these are mostly observation based. Children are given opportunities to learn and explore. Education providers whether it be in maintained or non maintained settings then observe and record the children’s progress. Future activities are then based around the findings.

In order for a child to get the most from their learning opportunities they need to behave in a positive way. Behavioural theorists have done a lot of work in this area and we now know a lot about managing children’s behaviour because of this. Burrhus Skinner is probably one of the best known theorists. He applied ideas taken from the observation of children and rodents behaviour in certain situation and called this theory conditioning. He believed that children behave in whichever way they are conditioned to. To produce good behaviour rewards and praise are given, this is called positive reinforcement. This is also reversible, bad behaviour occurs when attention is given to negative behaviour. It has become a popular view that behaviour is shaped by rewards. He believed that punishment was counter productive as it is a form of attention for unwanted behaviour. Positive reinforcements such as praise and rewards were a much more productive tool.


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