ICT in the Early Years
E2BN ICT in the Early Years

Planning for ICT in the EYFS

At Homerton we have changed how we plan for children over the years. This includes changes in how we plan for ICT. This Resources area reflects these changes.

Our planning now comes directly from observations. We include 'Continuous Provision' within the children's learning environment so that the children are freely and independently able to access resources they call on to play and develop. Continuous provision means just that, set resources are in the learning environments and children know where they are and where to return them to. ICT is an embedded part of this. See the attached Continuous Provision document for ICT resources that we have out and available to children at all times.

Planning also includes ideas and stimulus that adults may choose to introduce for a number of reasons; for example to celebrate festivals or to make time for cooking. This planning pulls on ‘Enhanced Resources’, resources that are not kept within the learning environments most of the time but are bought in to stimulate or support a particular area of planning. Again ICT is embedded within this and the Continuous Provision document reflects this. 


on 23rd Sep 2009 at 9:43 pm
1 Carol Ketteridge
Dear Harriet, Just been round the website,recognised a familiar face amongst all the photos!! Lots of fabulous resources and assistance. I enjoyed my course over the last year,you were both really patient and helpful taking time with us to give us confidence and answering queries as they arose even if they took us in a different direction temporarily!So here`s my homework,this feedback,if I have understood your meaning when you gave out our final paperwork. Thank you. Carol.
on 24th Sep 2009 at 7:18 pm
2 Harriet Price
Well done Carol! Glad you enjoyed it all, what an achievement!
on 16th Nov 2009 at 1:56 pm
3 Jeanette Waterall
Thank you for your great website. We are looking to improve our ICT provision and this has given me some really great tips and ideas.
on 29th Nov 2009 at 9:57 pm
4 Debra Phillips
I agree what a great website. We are lso looking at improving our ICT provision but have several parents who feel their children should be playing 'traditional games' etc rather than using computers/television etc. I would like to put together a questionnaire which would highlight their objections/concerns. Could you please give me some guideline questions?
on 27th Jan 2010 at 8:56 am
5 Harriet
Hello Debra, I apologise for the late posting. Somehow the Christmas season took over! I have to say I would welcome traditional games too! Perhaps your parents might like support in how to manage their children's time on a computer or in front of the television and have some ideas for interacting with their children over programmes? e.g. appropriate software, limiting time by using timers, providing something enticing to move onto after playing on a computer. Personally I don't think it's an either/or. I think it's admirable that you are finding ways to listen to parents and think you will know which questions are going to be most appropriate for your own situation. We run an Internet cafe with lots of technology toys alongside laptops for children and families to use. This helps us talk informally with parents and carers and find out what their concerns are and see if we can help with ideas, resources and strategies. Obviously not everyone can do this but setting up an informal situation where questions can comfortable be asked might be another way forward rather than the questionnaire? I hope that helps a little, but write again if not and I'll do my best to answer, or we can see if others have comments?
on 15th Mar 2010 at 1:23 pm
6 Beverly Pashley
Dear Harriet I found your website while researching ICT information for my FD in Early Years. I found the information very useful with some brilliant ideas I hope to use in my setting. Thank you.
on 19th May 2010 at 2:36 pm
7 Sarah Dray
Hi Harriet I am also researching ICT for my FD in Early Years, in particular activity plans and resources that promote mathematical and / or scientific thinking of which incorporate the use of ICT. This has been a very useful website that will have an impact on how I plan for future activities and the resources I have. It's certainly not just about computers when we look at ICT for the children. Your links to the activity plans are Fab, Well Done! Lots of very good ideas.

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