Supporting Children's Early Years Development

Ref: C3841495

This Course can help lead to further learning or employment choices; by looking at schools (Nursery & Primary) and Story-Sacks (based on the popular children's book The Gruffalo). Literacy skills are embedded in the Course.

Course aim

Increase awareness of learning and self-development for the student and the children they are helping. Focussing on Early Years' development. This can lead to learning and 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:

  • Describe how to support a child's learning in school through group, Unit work and discussion.
  • Create a Story-Sack and identify the benefits of story-sacks when reading with your child.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of questions on Child Learning through completing Unit worksheets at Entry 3 or Level 1 standard.
  • Improve own literacy skills in communication, writing and reading; through class discussion, group and Unit work.

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 2 Units throughout this Course in the form of worksheets. As well as home research and home-work we will also go on a Field trip to a local park which is connected to Course-work.

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. Verbal and written feedback 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. The Tutor will also bring in reading material (books) referring to Early Years' Child learning and development.

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 Child ELY 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
  • St. John's Learning Centre and the Tutor can give support and guidance for other Courses and towards training and employment work.

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Supporting Children's Early Years Development


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