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Title: Symbol use in Early Years


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Symbol use in Early Years
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Curriculum for ExcellenceEarly Years
  • active, experiential learning
  • a holistic approach to learning
  • smooth transitions
  • learning through play
  • promoting better continuity and progression of
    learning across the sectors.

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daily routine meet and greet on arrival play
time together time snack time large group time
small group time outside time tidy-up time
story/song time home time
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The early years curriculum offers many
opportunities for
schedules/timetables now/next visual cues
shared understanding supporting transitions
resource labelling introducing new
vocabulary making choices comment/discussion learn
ing and understanding rules and routines
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How symbols improve staff communication with
children
  • provide visual stimulus
  • support speaking and non-speaking children
  • help reduce number of words used short, simple
    sentences
  • slow rate of speech down

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How symbols improve staff communication with
children
  • improve comprehension
  • help to promote consistency
  • help children to listen
  • improve behaviour
  • support self confidence and independence

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Why symbols and not other visuals?
  • too fussy colours, fonts, shapes - often only
    text although nice to look at
  • not always available to all or be consistent
    throughout the nursery

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  • meaning can be unclear

remember a visual is only as good as its
message cant read!!!
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How can we use them?
  • as visual tools to help organise the environment
    and support understanding.

environmental labelling
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song/rhyme/story boards
routines
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choice boards
symbols or scanned images
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visual timetables
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self regulation
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shared understanding of behaviour expectations
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Restorative scripts
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Give consistent prompts for discussion /
resolution
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What happened and how did it feel
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Who was affected and how
can we make it better
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Where to start?
  • Introduce symbols in key areas
  • labelling areas
  • snack time routine and choices
  • song/story choice
  • sequences e.g. wash strips, painting routines
  • visual timetable/schedules

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Useful extras
  • now and next strips to help transition
  • surprise for unusual events, changes or
    activities
  • individual supports where appropriate e.g.
    choices of activities routines
  • visual home/nursery diaries to prompt
    conversation with context
  • visual supports for stories, rhymes and song

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Dos and Don'ts
  • do be consistent with the symbol choice
  • do involve the children when starting to
  • use symbols
  • do share with others
  • do think about the size and position of symbols
  • dont try to do too much at once
  • dont change the symbol when they need
    replaced
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