Learning Together in Dundee (LTiD)
In Dundee City, we believe our children are a rich resource with many capabilities and potential as individuals, as learners and as members of communities and society as a whole. The LTiD document was written on behalf of Dundee City Council and has been structured to support and inform all those who work with young children between the ages of birth and six years in child development and early learning.
The main purpose of the document is to challenge the thinking of every professional who works with children of this age by enabling them to think deeply about their practice and, through professional dialogue, find the best ways of working with every child. At Little Scholars we respect our youngest children by requiring that they are given the highest quality of care and education by a well-trained, qualified and committed staff team. We believe that every child is central to their own learning and will be enabled to follow through their ideas and theories, with the joint support of significant adults in their lives.
The LTID document supports us in promoting adult interaction and planning activities that are responsive to each child and helps support each child to recognise and reach his/hers full potential.
Planning is as individual to each centre as it is to each child. Environments, staffing structures, buildings and local culture all have an impact on how we plan for children’s learning.
Planning for every child involves creating rich, challenging and meaningful learning experiences, building on their individual talents and needs. At Little scholars Day Nursery planning starts with the child, involves skilful observations and assessment, takes account of the principles of design within Curriculum for Excellence and Pre Birth to Three and considers the experiences and outcomes in order to develop and support every child’s needs.
The responsive planning model we use at Little Scholars is split into two parts: adult initiated and child initiated topics. Adult initiated activities are concerned with potential learning where you may have specific learning intentions in mind when selecting resources. Child initiated activities is where children have time and space to indulge in play which is freely chosen and self-directed. In high quality play scenarios you will see a wealth of language and communication, social interactions, sharing, negotiating, compromising, emotional involvement, mathematic and scientific application, physical manipulation and creative imagination.
It is important that we recognise that planning and assessment is a process not an end result, that is neither limited nor driven by paperwork, but is part of an ethos of ensuring quality experiences and environments for children in order that they develop into Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Effective Contributors and Responsible Citizens.
Little Scholars Day Nursery, Lawers Drive, Panmurefield Village, Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 3TZ. Tel: 01382 477555*
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