Learning And Development

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

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Practitioners teach children by ensuring challenging, playful opportunities across the prime and specific areas of learning and development. They foster the characteristics of effective early learning.

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically



4.1 Play and Exploration

4.2 Active Learning

4.3 Creativity and Critical Thinking

4.4 Areas of Learning and Development