Making time for children's learning and development in early years settings in Falkirk.

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This Froebel Trust funded project, based in three settings in Falkirk, came about in response to Professor Alison Clark's recent research and book, 'Slow knowledge and the unhurried child'.

This short film shows what impact a 'slow pedagogy' can have on children's experiences in nursery schools and early years settings.

Slow pedagogy is is all about:

  • valuing the present moment
  • being attentive to children’s pace, rhythm and interests
  • enabling children to revisit their ideas and creations, places and stories
  • creating opportunities for children to go deeper in their learning
  • supporting time for observation, listening, reflection and documentation
  • encouraging unhurried everyday routines with time for wonder and care.
A short film about this Froebel Trust funded project - made in 2022

Findings

  • Natural environments lend themselves to slow practice.
  • Froebelian principles support a slow pedagogy in early childhood education.
  • Slow pedagogy allows educators time to reflect on their own practice, time to connect with families and time to observe children's individual learning.
  • A slower approach allows young children to direct their own learning through exploration and personal space.

"Slow pedagogy links hand in hand with our Froebelian principles. Froebel recognised the importance of children's autonomy and them having the freedom of choice over their lives. They complement each other so well."
Practitioner in a Falkirk early years setting