1st Edition

The Really Useful Book of ICT in the Early Years

Edited By Harriet Price Copyright 2009
    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    Practitioners and students wishing to know how very young children develop an awareness of ICT will find this text invaluable.

    ICT has arguably one of the biggest impacts on every-day 21st century life, so its inclusion in the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum reflects the need to encourage forward-looking practice in classrooms and nurseries.

    This book enables you to help young children develop their knowledge, understanding and skill in the use of ICT, with chapters from contributors with a wide range of practical experience. Full of ideas and new thinking, this practical guide shows you how to:

    • promote independence in children's use of ICT through resources like digital cameras and role-play toys.
    • explore the nature of creativity through ICT, using it to support the more traditional areas of art, music, dance and writing
    • use ICT to enhance the physical and sensory aspects of outdoor learning experiences.
    • harness the potential of ICT in reaching children with a variety of different learning needs, particularly those with profound and multiple learning difficulties, or autistic spectrum disorders.
    • value children's home experiences of ICT and build on what they already know, and how to work with parents in developing their child's ICT capability.

    ICT can underpin all areas of learning for young children; this highly practical, inspirational and informative text is therefore relevant to all practitioners and students training in Early Years education.

    1. Integrating ICT into the early years curriculum, Lynn Kennington and Julie Meaton  2. Children’s independence, Heather Lowe  3. ICT and Creativity, Harriet Price  4. Giving Children a Voice by using ICT, Karen James and Chris Cane  5. ICT and the Outdoor Learning Environment, Harriet Price  6. ICT and Socio dramatic play, Rachel Ager  7. The use of ICT with Children with Special Needs, Julia Coles  8. ICT for Practitioners, Sally Dennis  9. Parents as Partners, Harriet Price  Bibliography  Appendices: 1. Resources  2. Using digital images  3. Websites for Early Years practitioners and children  4. Parents questionnaire  5. Using a digital movie maker  6. Observing, planning, assessing  7. Needs audit – EYFS ICT baseline skills  8. Guidance on observing and assessing  9. Individual needs – a directory  10. Monitoring  11. Example photo permission form  12. Planning for ICT through a thematic approach  13. Long term planning sheet  14. Medium Term Planning Sheet for ICT skill based focus  15. Medium Term Planning Sheet All areas of learning  16. Weekly planning sheet with colour references  17. Knowledge & Understanding weekly planning sheet


    Harriet Price works for Cambridgeshire Nursery Centres developing uses of ICT for children and adults within their settings, delivering the Early Years Partnership training in ICT, working as an associate advisor for the ICT service for Cambridgeshire and delivering local and national training in ICT in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

    " Together with comprehensive appendices, providing a range of useful information and advice on planning and assessment, the book offers a wealth of interesting ideas. It is strongly recommended for all practiioners and students working in the early years field."   - Early Years Update Issue 65, February 2009

    "Big names in ICT for Early Years, such as Harriet Price and Rachel Ager (Northampton) have contributed essays to this very comprehensive text, which is very readable and full of practical examples and fresh ideas.

    This is essential for ICT Coordinators - particularly those that think ICT in reception is about all 30 children having 40 minutes in the ICT suite on 'Colour Magic' arrraggah!!" -
    redbridgeprimaryit.blogspot.com, April 2009