ICT in Early Years
It is important in the Foundation Stage to give children a broad, play-based experience of ICT in a range of contexts, including outdoor play. ICT is not just about computers! Early Years learning environments feature ICT scenarios based on experience in the real world, such as the ‘vet’s surgery’ in role play. Children gain confidence, control and language skills through opportunities to ‘paint’ on the whiteboard or drive a remote-controlled toy.
Outdoor exploration is an important aspect, supported by ICT toys such as metal detectors, controllable traffic lights and walkie-talkie sets.
The Kent NGfL Early Years website contains learning posters and resources to support child-initiated learning activities. There is advice on creating a stimulating environment in Early Years, with ideas and resources for child-initiated and adult-led activities.
The Kent NGfL website also has a section with interactive games and whiteboard activities to support early learning:
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