Case Study: Middle-Class Angst Over Technology In The Early Years

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The following essay is based on a photograph taken from an article in the guardian newspaper titled Middle-class angst over technology in the early years (appendix 1). I will discuss where this case study takes a child in the twenty first century in terms of their cognitive, social, emotional and physical development in the early years and will critically reflect on how this relates to my practice. The case study in question has introduced IPads into nursery to teach the pre-school children the basics about letters, numbers, shapes and colours, as well as drawing and composing music. Practitioners are also using them for interactive story telling. This has been met with much debate from parents and practitioners in the country. With many…show more content…
It states that by the end of the EYFS a child should be able to; ‘find out about and identify the uses of everyday technology and use information and communication technology and programmable toys to support their learning’ DFES 2008. The revised EYFS 2012 still includes ICT within the learning and development area of understanding the world and states that by the end of the EYFS a child ‘should recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes’ DFE 2012. The Development matters Document (2012) used by my setting as a guide of making judgements about a child’s development states that children at 30-50 months should know how to operate simple equipment, shows an interest in technological toys and real objects such as cameras and mobile phones, knows that information can be retrieved from computers. Children 40-60 months should be able to complete a simple program on the computer and use ICT hardware to interact with age appropriate computer software (pg 42). ICT can be used effectively across all six areas of learning and development to engage the children in learning and enhance the EYFS curriculum. ICT is not just a computer with Early Years software…show more content…
They are surrounded by ICT just as they are surrounded by language, print and numbers. In the home technology includes remote controls for television, DVDs and sound systems, toys that have buttons and buzzers, mobile phones, washing machines, microwave ovens, computers, video game consoles, tablets etc. Outside the home, children are immersed in the technological world they see automatic doors, cash machines, bar code scanners, digital tills and weighing machines. Many of the activities in the early years revolve around children developing an understanding of their environment. As a practitioner I encourage children to explore, observe, solve problems, predict, discuss and consider. I feel that ICT resources can provide tools for using these skills as well as examined in their own right. ICT and everyday technology is often not being recognised enough as people think "computers" for technology. The Early years Sector, as well as parents of young children has long debated the relevance of ICT, with views ranging from those who believe it could result in socio-economic benefits (DFES, 2001) to Sigman’s opinion that ICT is completely inappropriate in early year’s settings, being detrimental to both children’s health and standards of education (O’Hara, 2004

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