Key to Learning is widely acclaimed as a comprehensive practical approach to bringing the concepts of Vygotsky’s theory of learning and development to the Early Years classroom, and is an ideal basis for the foundation stage. It meets most of the standards that schools, Early Years providers and childcare providers must meet. The material is presented in an easily accessible form for Early Years classroom teachers and comes with all the necessary resources to implement the programme. It is an effective and proven way to develop children’s learning abilities.
Key to Learning is a unique Early Years educational programme which gives parents and teachers the tools to develop children’s cognitive learning abilities – as proven in the Foundation Stage of hundreds of schools throughout the UK and Europe. It is based on the ideas formed by educationalists and psychologists from the Vygotsky school and further refined by the latest world-wide research into children’s learning processes.
The “Key to Learning” curriculum is different from others because it really focuses on developing learning abilities and using cultural tools (the how), rather than just educational content (the what). It creates the right conditions for minds to open, for learning to become a pleasure and for creativity to flourish.
Its beauty is that it requires only a short period of intervention each day leaving time to address the other important activities which are necessary for a child’s development and provides the key tools to teach young children how to learn.
There are twelve programmes in this Vygotskian curriculum, designed primarily for children from three to seven years old. The full package contains over 600 learning activities and games with comprehensive supporting materials, manuals, schedules, detailed descriptions of materials and procedures, and teacher notes.
Find out more about the new Finger Gym programme here.
Support for professional development is available through conferences, masters classes, seminars, workshops and INSET days. We have a regular schedule of conferences and courses but please contact us if you would like to arrange anything else for your school or group.
“I am sure that this initiative has implications for the nation as a whole. I have seen preschools all over the world. There are some excellent examples, particularly in New Zealand, USA and Northern Italy, but this one is outstanding. I do not believe I have seen a better one the world over.”
Sir Christopher Ball, Chancellor of the University of Derby, Co-author of Start Right Report ‘The Importance of Early Learning’