- Planning in the moment
Here the child is free to interact with the environment on their terms – following their interests
and intrinsic needs. The teachers become observers of the children ready to enhance their
learning by posing open-ended questions and facilitating the next steps of their learning journey.
In this way the children’s levels of involvement rise.
Planning in the moment includes three steps:
The Child’s Spark – This is when the child first shows an interest in something. There
should be an air of fascination around the object and concentration in what they are
The Teachable Moment – The teacher will notice this and approach the child. This is
the opportunity to extend their interest, by asking open-ended questions and
considering ways to apply this interest to other options within the environment.
The Documentation – At a later date, we document the observation. This will help to
map out each child’s interests, and plan an environment that works for them all.
- Development matters
Six different areas of focus are distinguished. Regular meetings of the staff members ensure
that children’s individual needs are responded to (In line with the Developmental Matters
norms) and that adaptations to the environment can be made effectively and efficiently.
1. Communication, Language and Literacy
2. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
3. Physical and (sensory) Development
5. Understanding of the world
6. Expressive Arts and Design
Children who require individualised small-step teaching will also work on an individual basis with one of the staff members,
often using the STAR program or Pivotal Response Training techniques.
The Three Little Ships Pedagogical Policy gives more information about the preschool curriculum.