Describe how the Early Years practitioner provides opportunities for sustained shared thinking to support children’s emergent literacy

Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 3.5: Develop emergent literacy skills of children
Learning outcome: Understand strategies which support emergent literacy
Assessment criteria: Describe how the Early Years practitioner provides opportunities for sustained shared thinking to support children’s emergent literacy

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Sustained shared thinking is a process to facilitate the development of learning through engaging dialogue and problem-solving activities. It emphasizes an environment that encourages collaboration, creative thinking, and contribution from all children, creating a stronger connection between the learning environment and the concepts being explored.

This can include initiating activities such as taking turns reading or retelling stories or exploring books through questions and discussion. Or, an in-depth discussion of a child’s work following a mark-making activity. Practitioners can also create space for children to independently explore new ideas and share their thinking with others.

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