eLearning: Learning Environments in the Early Years

Learning Environments in Early Years is designed to help you, the early years educator, to provide quality environments for the children you work with

This free online course is filled with practical examples, grounded in theory, to help you shape the early years environment to support a tapestry of rich experiences for children. The course takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and there is a quiz at the end of each section.

You can pause or stop the course at any time, and resume where you left off. Please note that this course is for information only and there is no certificate awarded.

Check out our publication on Early Learning Environments

Course Content

Section 1 explores:

  • The range and nature of environmental influences that impact on the holistic development of children.
  • Some of the main theories of child development.
  • What is meant by holistic development - the course identifies and examines the factors to consider when preparing an environment that supports this development.
  • Frameworks, Aistear and Síolta, that set out how quality can be achieved in early years environments, and relevant Irish legislation.
  • The importance of consultation with children, observations, assessment and review in relation to learning environments.

Section 2 explores:

  • Practical ways early years educators can prepare and maintain indoor and outdoor environments designed to develop and stimulate children’s senses.
  • The stimulation balance and children’s differences in tolerance to stimulation and the need for quiet spaces.
  • Ways to involves parents and the wider community in environments for children.

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