An Enabling Learning Environment

Learners will gain an understanding of the areas of learning that they should find in any good play environment. They will explore how these areas promote learning and development and the part that they as practitioners may play in this. They will learn how to create a room to learn for themselves using a planned approach and learn how to adapt their plans according to children's needs, wishes and desires. This course is appropriate for childcare practitioners working in a range of settings.

Learning outcomes:

Learners will learn that in an environment that is richly resourced with activities, children will learn naturally from all that is around them

Learners will learn the importance of providing children with opportunities to learn independently and interact with their peers with minimal adult intervention

Learners will learn to consider the possibilities for creating a ow between the indoor and outdoor areas of the setting so that children can move freely between them

Advantages of this course:

The learning in this course reflects the fact that children are naturally curious and want to explore and learn. If they are provided with an environment that is richly sources with activities then children will learn naturally from all that is around them. The course covers how to plan a room for learning, how to designate responsibility to staff, how to link the areas for learning and planned activities to the Early Learning Goals and how to ensure that the learning environment meets the needs of all children, including those with special needs. In planning and creating an enabling learning environment this course also looks at ways of keeping costs low. Video examples of effective enabling environments based on jungles and space are included. This course also looks at the importance of including both the outdoors as well as the indoors as a learning environment; introducing the idea of Forest Schools.

Additional activities encourage the learner to reflec on the learning. There is also suggested extra reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge


Our CPD short courses are written by occupationally competent professionals and each lesson combines filmed tutorials, reading activities, quizzes and good practice examples for an engaging learning experience.


Many of our courses are endorsed learning programmes (ELPs) by awarding body, CACHE


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