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Interacting or Interfering? Improving interactions in the early years

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To offer delegates a range of strategies for building warm, trusting relationships and enhancing language and skills of communication. Interestingly Julie Fisher reflects on the need for active observation – by which we understand that the adult is fully engaged and present in the moment whilst appearing to be very still. This book challenges the reader to consider different ways of thinking about the role of educator and offers support and inspiration to the converted who feel isolated in the system.

Offers practical guidance on developing high quality interactions to better scaffold children's learning and development.

With the increasing emphasis on performance and outcome measures imposed on schools this book is a timely reminder to stop and think about how we educate and how children actually learn. If you are working with children from six months to six years this authoritative new book from leading author Julie Fisher encourages you to reflect deeply on the quality and impact of interactions in your setting. Do join us on Tuesday when we share the full conversation with you, after which we will break into smaller groups to explore this challenge to our practice. With its illuminating examples, the book shows how you can best tune into and respond effectively to young children's conversations.

Through the use of video footage, delegates will have a number of opportunities to observe other practitioners engaged in interactions, both indoors and outdoors, and in both adult-led and child-led situations. Co-construction of learning is another useful lens through which to reflect on this topic – referring to sustained interactions and experiences with all children in secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships, whilst the dialogical approach enables consideration of a complexity of the conditions that shape our understanding of dialogue in context. There will be ample time for discussion and reflection on what has been seen, ultimately coming to personal decisions about how best to tune in to children’s current thinking and respond in ways that are of benefit to their learning and development. Julie is author of a number of articles on early childhood education as well as her books Starting from the Child and The Foundations of Learning (Open University Press).It exemplifies how interactions are most effectively sustained and how developing high quality interactions can better scaffold and support childrens learning and development.

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