Characteristics of Effective Learning

The characteristics of effective learning are concerned with how children learn. These are:

Playing and exploring (which emphasises the importance of engagement)

– Finding out and exploring
– Using what they know in their play
– Being willing to have a go


Active learning (focuses on motivation)

– Being involved and concentrating
– Keeping on trying
– Enjoying and achieving what they set out to do


Creating and thinking critically (concerned with the development of thinking skills)

– Having their own ideas
– Using what they already know to learn new things
– Choosing ways to do things and finding new ways


Reflective practitioners in Nursery 1 carefully observe children at play to identify ‘how children learn’ alongside ‘what they learn’. We use the observations to ensure that quality provision is accurately matched to the children’s needs and caters not only for children’s different learning styles but also nurtures the high motivational learning behaviours crucial to securing further progress.

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