Holistic development and learning

“Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning.” says the EYFS principle, emphasising that each everyday experience is an occasion for holistic development and learning, as seen in this example of a toddler enjoying his snack.

Enabling environments foster holistic approaches to early development and learning, recognising that different aspects are constantly connected in a child’s experiences.  In the EYFS, areas are described separately in order to break down the complexity of development and learning, but it is important to keep the whole child in mind.  As a child encounters objects, events and other people, all spheres of development and learning are in action at the same time, as in the example below of two children who are experimenting with water and a construction using tubing and plastic sheets.

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