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The QM Cycle

Element 7

A balanced use of child-initiated and adult-led, play-based activities

Children are competent learners from birth, and develop and learn in a wide variety of ways and at different rates. They learn best when happy, healthy, safe and secure, and when their individual needs are met and they have positive relationships with the adults caring for them. Practitioners should look carefully at the young children in their care, consider their needs, interests, and stages of development, and use all this information to help plan a challenging and above all enjoyable experience across all areas of learning.

Young children learn best through play and should have the opportunity to participate in a diverse range of child-initiated and adult-led activities in both indoor and outdoor environments which support them in developing at their own pace. They must be provided with the opportunity to explore, enjoy, learn, practise and apply their foundation skills in a range of situations and for a variety of purposes. Adult encouragement and support are vital in developing young children’s confidence, competence and disposition.

A setting should be able to demonstrate that it has systems in place to monitor the effectiveness of teaching and learning to ensure that there is a positive impact on children’s progress and development. This will inform both the CPD of practitioners and planning for the setting as a whole. While the procedures involved are a matter for each provider, they will normally include observations of practice, analysis of planning and regular reviews with practitioners.

‘It encourages the sharing of information across schools, playgroups, childminders so everyone can work together and learn from one another in order to raise outcomes within all provisions.’

  Childminder, Havering LA