Here at The Childcare Academy, we are aiming to be one of the best nurseries in Liverpool. Even with twenty years of experience in training nursery staff, we see and experience new things all the time.
To be effective, we have to adapt, but we always stay true to guiding principles. Many of these come from highly-recognised childcare experts from across the globe.
Unquestionably, one of the best-known pioneers in childcare is Maria Montessori. We adopt her teachings about how children can make their own decisions and learn through hands-on play and learning to co-operate with others. Her research concluded that the most formative years of a child’s life are up to the age of six. She believed that a teacher is most successful when children can function with limited guidance.
Jerome Bruner was an American academic who spent decades studying how children’s brains work. He looked at how perception, learning and memory affected the development of young children. In conclusion, he found creative learning is highly effective in the early education of children.
There is broad acknowledgement that the right curriculum and activities delivered correctly at an early age will impact children’s ongoing intellect.
Albert Bandura is another leading expert in social learning theory. He adopted the belief that our ability is not always something we are born with. Contrary to this, he says success is linked to the environment. It should be noted his belief includes how the attitudes and actions of others around us influence behaviours.
Barbara Rogoff is a Professor of Psychology. She brings forward the view that culture plays a vital role in child development. In addition to holding many of the beliefs of other leading experts, she promotes the positive impact of rich community and cultural experiences during childhood.
The industry ‘Bible’, the Handbook of Child Psychology, features a chapter written by Rogoff. She discusses her peers Vygotsky and Piaget. Collectively these experts agree that adults are most effective as facilitators in childcare settings. First and foremost, a good environment will promote learning, peer interaction and children learning to work together.
These leading experts also recognise how social factors coupled with cultural influences, will impact a child’s development. Blending their recommendations into our practices makes us one of the best nurseries in Liverpool.