There has been a growing emphasis on the use of ICT in schools since the 1990’s by the government and over recent years the use of ICT in early year’s settings has grown rapidly, due to the early year’s curriculum making it a requirement. Evidence from research on the effect of ICT on children’s learning, development and health has raised mixed views from many educators, which has ignited a debate that is becoming increasingly polarised.
In today’s society, most things we use involve the use of Information, Communication Technologies (ICT) including mobile phones and iPads and computers. There are many countries from around the world that have made an important investment of educational ICT. The UK government has spent over
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Theorists throughout the years have offered their opinions on which educational resources for children in the foundation stage are more suitable for their age group. It is typically thought that ICT only refers to the use of computer therefore isolating other resources of technology and there advantages to children’s learning and development. Before enrolling on to my teacher trainee course at university I too initially thought this. However over my 4 years of study on the course I have undertaken research into the field of ICT and therefore I have learnt that this is not the case. There are an extensive range of ICT educational resources available for children in the foundation stage to facilitate children learning and development, but not all agree. A recent study conducted by day nurseries online created an on online poll in relation to the question ‘is it beneficial for children to use ICT in in nursery? A total of 936 votes were counted and it revealed that 279 (29.81%) of the votes agreed saying yes. However 657 votes (70.19%) voted no, who believed that it is not beneficial for children in nursery to use ICT.
ICT is able to play a role in a child’s early education experience alongside a variety of activities, yet ICT is seen as a way of displacing these sorts of experiences (Balance and Risks, Online). Many practitioners working in Early Years (EY) feel wary of using ICT