This book is about creating meaningful learning spaces indoors. The learning environment is one of the commitments to the EYFS principle of 'Enabling Environments'. The explanation of the commitment includes the indoor and outdoor learning environments and the emotional learning environment. The learning environment significantly impacts on outcomes for children and it is therefore most important that what is provided is of a high quality and inspirational. This book explores the theory behind the commitment but also gives very practical advice on how to ensure that the indoor environment is planned to inspire, challenge and capture the imagination of every child.
Phill Featherstone has been a teacher, local authority adviser and OFSTED inspector. He now spends his time on conservation work around the pennine farmhouse where he and Sally live, and on writing fiction. His first novel, 'Paradise Girl' will be published at the end of January. Terry was awarded a first class honours degree for teaching children in the 3-11 age range, a diploma in education, and a master's degree in teaching research in the early years. He has experience of working with all the age ranges within the primary sector but has an extensive range of experience working with children in the Early Years Foundation Stage; including being deputy head teacher of a large 100-place flagship nursery school and deputy head teacher across 10 community nursery centres. Terry has been a teacher representative on the Early Years Development Group at the Manchester Metropolitan University where he has contributed to conferences, seminars and workshops and a range of academic courses. He is an accredited assessor for the Early Years Professional Award and an experienced moderator for the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. He has worked for a number of local authorities, private training providers and computer software publishing houses as a consultant, trainer and publisher. Part of this work has involved advising architects, planners, schools and children's centres on the design and development of outdoor grounds. Terry has led on the writing of a wide range of early years guidance materials for practitioners and regularly writes articles on early literacy for publications. He has contributed to a range of books, magazines, journals and training videos on the Early Years and enjoys a reputation for providing quality early years training and consultancy.