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Leading or Following? The complex role of the early childhood educator

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

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Early Years Practitioners
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Early childhood education demands adults who are sensitive to individual children, to their needs, their fascinations and their preferred ways of learning.  At any moment we may need to demonstrate, to facilitate, to challenge and encourage. Knowing which role to adopt is a crucial, and often underestimated, skill.  Recently, the role of the early childhood educator has become even more challenging due to increasingly prescriptive external expectations, requiring different approaches from the more familiar support of the child-led agenda.

Drawing on extensive DVD material, this course will address the benefits of both adult-led and child-led learning and will consider whose purpose these different agendas are serving.

Issues addressed:
• The differing benefits of adult-led learning and child-led learning, for the adult, as well as the child;
• How can practitioners be clear about who is leading the learning, and why?
• How this role changes when leading the learning and when following the child’s lead;
• How can practitioners be confident they are using appropriate strategies to maximise the learning potential in both situations?
• How practitioners can ensure their managers are equally aware of the different roles adopted in the early years classroom.


Trainer(s): Julie Fisher

Julie Fisher is an independent Early Years Adviser and visiting Professor of Early Childhood Education at Oxford Brookes University. During her career, she was an Early Years Adviser in Oxfordshire for 11 years, a lecturer in early childhood education at the University of Reading and has taught children from 3 to 12 years of age, including being headteacher of two urban, multi-cultural schools.

In her work, Julie draws on her own research projects which engage her in constant contact with practitioners and children. She is a well-known and respected author and a recipient of the prestigious Nursery World Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to early childhood education.