Day One – The Wonderful World of Children Under 3

Every day, every experience and everyone we meet evokes an emotional response in each of us. As adults we are more attuned to this; however, for very young children it can be unknown or unexplored territory. We are all unique and need time and experiences that allow for the fact that we all learn differently too.

Play is the vehicle to all learning. There are five ‘doors’ into the brain, each of the senses. If we stimulate a sense it ‘opens’ possibilities for thinking, development and learning. Every moment is an opportunity for our youngest children to learn. As an adult observing a child’s pattern of behaviour their schema is fascinating. Learning to walk is composed of all the attempts to stand upright, move one foot in front of the other, fall over, scream with frustration, take a few steps and finally walk unaided, over and over again. The same can be said for all the learning processes our children go through.

Delegates will consider the wonderful world of the baby, toddler and young child. They will look at developmental milestones, and how a variety of experiences can support the development and achievement of individual children. They will explore the importance of physical skills, linguistic development and sensorial stimulation.

Day Two – Enriched Environments for Play

Exciting times! The first few years of a baby’s life are full of rich possibilities. A baby grows faster during this time than any other except their nine months in the womb, making rapid and remarkable gains in all areas of development. What a privilege to be involved!

The adult role is the key to success in creating a positive learning environment. As adults we are the provider of love, nurture, care and support. Every play space our young children access should be considered indoors along with access to the natural environment. It is very important that babies, toddlers and young children are given the opportunities to develop and demonstrate their own personality and be supported in discovering the wonderful world around them.

When working with babies, toddlers and young children our focus should be on creating opportunities that are relevant and appropriate; engaging, stimulating and challenging too. It is vital then that we provide an environment that encourages and enhances every child’s natural curiosity.

We will consider the impact that life experience has on the child’s development and why environment matters.

Day Three – Experiential Learning

Some of the skills and techniques that will be shared;

  • Characteristics of trainers
  • Structuring a session
  • Delivery techniques
  • Engage and motivate learners
  • Communicate, questioning and sharing knowledge
  • Effective visual aids

The third day will use various examples, learning prompts, visual aids and PowerPoint messages from the first two days to begin to shape the way delegates will share and train in their own situations.

We will explore many engagement techniques and try out on fellow delegates short ideas and ‘trials’ to ensure each technique is understood.

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