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Child-Initiated Learning

How child-initiated learning works in practice

This book offers practical advice on what is meant by child-initiated learning and self-chosen experiences and, how observant educators are able to support children's learning. It helps educators to understand the importance of first-hand experiences for children and an interesting learning environment, flexible planning and documentation, in response to children's interests and skills. It also looks at dealing with uncertainty and confusion about adult-led activities and group time.

Ages: 0-5 | Pages: 56 | Code: TS0244 | ISBN: 9781921613517

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Liz Rouse

Liz Rouse is a lecturer in early childhood education at Deakin University.

Jennie Lindon

Jennie Lindon is well known as an early years consultant and author. She has been a prolific writer, offering a welcome blend of knowledge of child development with a practical understanding of the role of early years educators.


Putting children’s interests at the centre of your program5
What does child-initiated mean?5
What does adult-led mean?7
A balance between child-initiated and adult-led10
What is meant by individualised learning?12
The role of early years educators17
Being a partner in play17
Positive and supportive environments20
Communicative adults: communicative children23
What is sustained shared thinking?26
Leading a child-focused approach33
Planning that pays off for children33
Promoting active first-hand experiences35
Observation to work alongside children’s interests38
A learning environment that welcomes43
Respect for physically active play47