All children, from birth to 5 years old, must develop an understanding of the world and natural environment as part of their early learning goals (ELGs) under the Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS). This is reinforced by the government’s flagship Sustainability and climate change strategy.
This course provides you with the knowledge and skills to understand your role as a climate education lead in an early years setting and develop excellence in leadership to support high-quality teaching and learning in line with EYFS expectations.
Please note: The course consists of learning through video, task completion and further reading/research. Please consider this when planning and allocating your time. To successfully understand and achieve the objectives of the course, learners are expected to engage in all aspects of the learning process and complete all relevant activities to ensure they can successfully apply the knowledge and skills they have gained in their own setting.
- Early years foundation stage framework (EYFS)
- Sustainability and climate change: a strategy for the education and children’s services systems
- Recognising the importance of developing leadership in the early learning goals to deliver in high-quality climate education line with DfE expectations.
- Understanding how to design, develop and implement the early learning goals that support foundation knowledge and understanding of the natural world for all pupils.
- Identifying ways to support practitioners to develop best practice in understanding the natural world, build confidence and ensure ongoing professional development.
- Appreciating the importance of evaluation to help change classroom practice and management procedures in order to support the teaching and learning process.
- Recognising how to enable autonomy and drive creativity in climate education learning which supports learning in the environment and has physical and mental health benefits.