In the bustling world of early years education, where every moment is a learning opportunity for our youngest learners, the significance of quality training for our workforce cannot be overstated. However, there’s a growing trend that’s raising eyebrows and stirring teacups across early years settings in the UK: the so-called “click and forget” training approach.
Let’s delve into why this method is as effective as a chocolate teapot and champion the need for a more robust, discussion-based approach.
The ‘Click and Forget’ Conundrum
Picture this: you’ve got a spare 15 minutes so you ask your staff team to do some training by clicking through an online training module. There’s an eerie silence, broken only by the occasional click of a mouse. This is “click and forget” training in a nutshell – impersonal, isolated, and, dare we say, what’s the point? ( There we said it! )
While online training modules are convenient, they often lack the personal touch, usually delivered by someone with no early years experience or knowledge and in the world of AI, they could be delivered by a robot! Lacking the real-world application that is essential in early years settings.
They’re a bit like eating soup with a fork – you’re going through the motions, but not much is sticking!
The Missing Piece: Conversation, Debate, and Discussion
Here’s where the magic happens. Training that includes open conversations, lively debates, and insightful discussions is like a hearty chat over a cuppa – engaging, enriching, and effective. When early years practitioners come together to discuss real-world scenarios, share experiences, and challenge each other’s thinking, learning becomes embedded in a way that no ‘click and forget’ training can achieve.
Imagine a training session where a debate is sparked by a question about managing behaviour or fostering independence in toddlers. These discussions bring theories to life, enabling practitioners to apply their learning directly to their daily practice.
The Way Forward: Integrating Interactive Training
It’s high time we moved away from the one-size-fits-all, click and forget approach. Instead, let’s tailor our training to the dynamic, ever-evolving world of early years education.
Facilitating Workshops and Group Discussions: Encourage face-to-face or virtual meetings where ideas are not just shared but debated with gusto.
Mentoring and Coaching: Pairing less experienced staff with seasoned pros can spark more meaningful learning than any online module.
Reflective Practice: Encourage practitioners to reflect on their experiences and discuss them with peers, turning every day into a learning opportunity.
Conclusion: Cultivating a Community of Learners
In essence, if we want our early years workforce to be top-notch, we need to foster a culture of continuous, interactive learning. Let’s swap those solitary clicks for lively discussions, vibrant debates, and engaging dialogues. After all, in the world of early years education, a collaborative approach to training is not just beneficial; it’s essential for planting the seeds of lifelong learning in our little ones.