When Should We Start Learning & When Should We Stop?
From the very moment new-born babies open their eyes, their brains are working hard to make sense of their new world. We are all born as inquisitive and creative people and we learn about our world by observing, listening to others and asking lots of questions. As parents, we have a responsibility to these young recruits to the world and we have a duty to help them learn and understand. As teachers and support staff in schools, we are honoured to work with children to inspire them in their learning journey, sharing with them a whole wealth of knowledge and skills from previous generations
By Dr Terry Creissen and supporting them emotionally and socially as they adapt to their world. Young children absorb what they see, hear, smell, taste and touch. They develop the confidence to take risks and try things out for the first time, often keen to give it a go and taking a risk. If children at the start of their learning can do this, how do we keep that creativity and inquisitiveness alive? The key is to make sure we enjoy what we do and keep learning fun. This is an important message to retain throughout life but very clearly demonstrated in the way that we nurture children’s interest through their first days in our Early Year settings. Whatever age we are we can learn from our youngest students.
At schools like Compass International School Doha, teachers work through the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) programme developed in the UK and drawing on the best practice from around the world. Through play-based learning, children are exposed to carefully planned learning opportunities where there is an emphasis on fun, challenge and spontaneity. The programme encourages children to build upon all their experiences in different areas of learning, recognising that all children are