In the Moment Planning
Over the last few weeks you may have seen some different types of furniture and resources in nursery. This is all due to our newfound passion of loose parts play and the curiosity approach to learning. This leads us nicely into in the moment planning which is the way we are heading with regards to our planning and assessment process.
We have been looking at this new approach for a while now and feel it would allow us to make a real difference to the children’s learning by seizing the moments when children first show interest and curiosity and immediately supporting their next steps.
Planning in the moment is nothing new, it is exactly what a responsive parent does every day with their child, it is also exactly what a skilful practitioner has always done. Every time and adult looks and listen to a child they are assessing and planning how to respond. The adult will be considering whether they can add anything in the moment to benefit the child (teachable moment). If so, they will respond and interact accordingly.
How is it achieved?
The nursery setting is organised so that each child can decide where to go, inside or outside, which resources to use, whether to be alone or with others and for how long they want to pursue an activity. By doing this they become deeply involved in their task and progress is happening constantly. However their level of involvement may drop for a variety of reasons :they may not know what to do or how to do something , or how to use a piece of equipment , another child may be disrupting their play or they may need something adding. When this happens, the child will seek help either from another child or an adult. This is when a skilful practitioner would step in and assess what is needed for the child to carry on. This is what we would call a teachable moment. These moments will either be recorded as observations or WOW moments.
We endeavour to keep paperwork to a manageable level so that practitioners time will be spent interacting with the children. We will be focusing on specific children every week and if it is your child’s focus week you will know before hand and be asked to contribute to their learning. Please ensure you contribute as much as possible.
One way to help us keep paperwork to a manageable level is to make sure we are only writing meaningful and useful observations and WOW moments. Writing lots of observations becomes repetitive and they often do not serve any real purpose. Therefore, you will see a reduction in the number of observations being posted on Tapestry. At the end of your child’s focus week we will post all observations we have took on them and links to the areas of learning for parents to view. If it is not your child’s focus week then please be reassured that lots of learning is still taking place as the environment will be carefully planned according to their needs and interests. We will still post WOW moments on tapestry as they occur. We would encourage parents to do the same and continue to
send us photos or notes about learning that is happening away from nursery to help us build a complete picture of the child.
We feel sure that In the Moment Planning is the best way for us to go and if we all work together each child will flourish. The staff in your child’s room will be more than happy to talk with you about all of this please feel free to ask.