A balancing act - teaching and play, no one way - overview introduction

Examples of good practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This film sets the scene and introduces three different settings with the key message that there is no one way of viewing teaching and play in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Each setting chooses the most successful approach to teaching, learning and play based on the specific needs, interests and starting points of the children and families in their local community.‘A balancing act – teaching and play in the early years’ is a suite of four films showing examples of good practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The key message in the films is that teaching and play are fundamental, interconnected endeavours in the early years. Securing the most effective learning and development for young children, including those who are disadvantaged, relies upon the ambitious and reflective leaders in each school or setting. Together with staff, they constantly adapt their approaches to teaching and play to best meet the needs, interests and abilities of the children and families in their own communities. The case studies Ofsted publishes do not recommend a single, particular approach to teaching, learning and play. Ofsted has no preferred lesson structure or teaching style. We showcase and share a wide range of approaches that providers have found work well for them in achieving good outcomes for children, young people and learners.Do you have any feedback on this video? Please complete our feedback survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Researchpublications.You can view more good practice at: https://www.gov.uk/topic/schools-colleges-childrens-services/inspections#good-practice.

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