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Using Development Matters to support effective practice

Every child is a unique child, and every learning occasion is unlike any other.  Development Matters describes typical developmental progression across age/stage bands, alongside examples of how adults can support learning -- but these are not prescriptive and are not to be used as checklists.  This course will explore how to find and respond to the unique child in the midst of a typical developmental sequence.

Delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore how Development Matters can help practitioners to use the EYFS themes working together to support  child development and learning – with children actively driving their learning in the context of the relationships and environments provided by skillful adults
  • Build understanding of how to use Development Matters as a supportive guide to thinking, without becoming either a prescribed curriculum for children or a formula for adults
  • Consider practical tools and strategies for using Development Matters in ongoing formative assessment and planning, as well as summative assessments

Audience:  early years leaders and practitioners in schools and settings, local authority advisers, children’s centre staff

Trainer: Nancy Stewart

To book this course, please complete our booking enquiry form

Pedagogical principles into practice