Authentic Learning & Authentic Learning Environments

A few weeks back a professional colleague asked what I thought an authentic learning environment looked like, this is my rather long winded answer 😊 Authentic learning “… is a pedagogical approach that allows for the construction of meaning grounded in real-life situations and the learners own personal experience” (Authentic Learning Environments). An environment allows…

13 Signs That You Might Be a Crunchy Childcare Provider

I’ve been called crunchy a time or two as a parent and I’m also a bit “granola” in my practice as an early childhood educator. Now I can hear a few of you asking, “What does crunchy even mean?” Well,  Wiktionary defines crunchy as “Having sensibilities of a counter-culture nature lover or hippie; derived from the concept…

How Learning Environments Enable Play

I first heard the term ‘enabling environment’ applied to child care classrooms in some of the UK early learning and care circles I frequent on social media. Curious about the meaning I did a little Googling (which is of course a verb now) and I learned that the phrase ‘enabling environment’ originates in the Early…