Practice Guide: Essential experiences

Penny Tassoni shows how to provide a range of experiences to support young children’s learning and development.

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Enabling Environments: Learning Experiences - A world of difference

Giving children a wide range of stimulating experiences has a vital influence on their development, from communication to role play, says Penny Tassoni, who gives some tips on how to provide them

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EYFS Activities: Essential experiences… Learning about jobs

Introducing children to the jobs done by ‘people who help us’ will provide many learning benefits and improve their understanding of the world around them, explains...

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EYFS Activities: Essential experiences… wind and flight

From blowing bubbles outdoors to operating a kite, there are several ways to learn about wind and things that fly, explains Penny Tassoni

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EYFS Activities: Essential experiences… transport

Taking young children on public transport will be exciting for them as well as developmentally beneficial, explains Penny Tassoni

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EYFS Activities: Essential experiences… visiting museums

Going to a museum will help children take an interest in things, and encouraging them to be collectors themselves will boost decision-making and confidence, writes...

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EYFS Activities: Essential experiences… assembling kits

Children enjoy helping adults assemble furniture and equipment, and such construction projects have many benefits, writes Penny Tassoni

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EYFS Activities: Essential experiences… arts and crafts

From pottery to knitting, taking part in arts and crafts activities is easy thanks to the wealth of opportunities out there, writes Penny Tassoni

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EYFS Activities: Essential experiences... nature

What are the best ways to encourage children’s inherent interest in nature? Penny Tassoni offers some tips for autumn and beyond

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EYFS Activities: Essential experiences… visiting local shops

Going to the shop may be an everyday experience, but if planned correctly a group visit can be beneficial for children. Penny Tassoni explains what practitioners...

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EYFS Activities: Essential experiences… washing

Emotional development and independence are just some of the benefits of washing activities for children, explains Penny Tassoni

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EYFS Activities: Essential experiences… art and design

Children should be exposed to art and design activities at an early age. Penny Tassoni provides some pointers

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EYFS Activities: Essential experiences… gardening

Growing plants will open children’s eyes to a fulfilling pursuit, finds Penny Tassoni

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EYFS Activities: Essential experiences… picnic time

Picnics help children explore new foods, develop skills and build relationships, finds Penny Tassoni

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EYFS Activities: Essential experiences… music

Bringing music to a setting or the home can only be good for children, explains Penny Tassoni

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EYFS Activities: Essential experiences… pets

Keeping a pet or having an animal visit them is beneficial for children. Penny Tassoni offers some advice to settings

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EYFS Activities: Essential experiences… cooking

There are many developmental benefits of cooking. Penny Tassoni provides some tips for settings