Supporting Children's Early Years Development

Ref: C3840997

This Course covers students' own learning journey and that of their children/children they are helping; by looking at schools (Nursery & Primary), children's everyday Activities, Family learning, Story-Sacks (based on the popular children's book The Gruffalo) and Stories and Literacy skills.

Course aim

To increase awareness of learning and self-development for the student and their children/ children they are helping. Focussing on Early Years' development. This can help lead to further learning or employment choices.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The Course is open to volunteers in St. John's learning Centre Nursery; but is also available for people interested in Early Years' Children's learning. English literacy levels need to be Entry 3 and above.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Plan and carry out a learning activity with a child
  • Identify the role of family learning
  • Describe how to support a child's learning in school
  • Create a Story-Sack and identify the benefits of story-sacks when reading with your child
  • Learn about the origins of children's stories and how to help children with literacy skills.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • There will be 5 Units throughout the Course in the form of worksheets. The full Course will be over the Year during which all 5 Units will be covered.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • The Tutor will use individual learning plans and will have reviews with students about their Course progress. Assignments and worksheets will be marked and constructive feedback given. Verbal feed-back and support will be given throughout the Course.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Students to bring folders and required stationary- there is basic stationary available to use in Class.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Students are encouraged to do any extra research or draw on personal experiences which are relevant to the Course. There is a lot of information available Online on Early Years Child learning and development.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • As the Course is based in St. John's learning centre and some students will be volunteers in St. John's Nursery; St. John's can give support and guidance for other Courses and towards employment work.

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Supporting Children's Early Years Development


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