PLANNING IN THE MOMENT - WHAT IS IT ?
What is In The Moment Planning and Child-Initiated Play for the EYFS?
You may have heard the term ‘in the moment planning’.
The idea is to capture the interest of a child or children in the present moment.
Young children have a natural desire to learn, explore and question. Nursery Settings who work this way offer an environment that enables child-initiated play in order to capture the moment of engagement. Careful observation by practitioners is key to utilising the approach. Opportunities to seize the moment when a child shows interest in an activity which can be built upon needs to be recognised, these are normally called ‘teachable moments’. Written ‘planning’ is then carried out in the form of observations, records of the interactions and notes on the outcomes.
This ensures that team members meet the requirements of the EYFS :“1.6. Practitioners must consider the individual needs, interests, and stage of development of each child in their care. They must use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience for each child, across all areas of learning and development.”
Teachable Moments During Child-Led Play
Teachable moments are about recognising that children learn in an unconscious way during informal interactions. It can be difficult to provide for, recognise and take advantage of individual teachable moments when it comes to in the moment planning as you are looking for opportunities to allow learning to take place through child-initiated play.
Abbey Fields offers the following educational programmes to support your child's Learning and Development in line with the culture of following the child's leads and interests:
Dough Gym and Funky Fingers
Read Write Inc