Planning in the moment is all about seizing the moment for children to progress. It relies on skilled practitioners using quality interactions to draw out the child's knowledge and build on it there and then (in the moment). Planning in the moment is all about capturing the moment of engagement and running with it to make sure the children progress.
The National Strategies document states: "It is in the moment of curiosity, puzzlement, effort or interest - the 'teachable moment' - that the skilful adult makes a difference". Teachable moments are about recognising that children often learn in an unconscious way during casual or less formal interactions.
Planning in the moment means that the learning environment both indoors and outdoors constantly needs to be reviewed and updated to ensure that the children's level of involvement and their activity is constantly deep. The resources in each area also need to be plentiful and engaging.
Each week a keyworker will focus on 2-3 children. A slip will be sent home the week before a child's focus week. We ask that parents complete the slip and return on their child's first day the following week. Every half term your child's keyworker will invite you in to discuss your child's experiences and learning to date. This provides an opportunity for shared learning between home and pre-school.
The focus weeks are an opportunity for the staff to observe and interact with the children in their daily play, looking out for 'teachable moments' in which they can make a difference. Such interactions with the focus children are then recorded on a sheet of A4 paper and added to their leaning journal. Staff will add photographs each week , to your child's online journal, with a heading of the activity the child is engaged in. Following a child's focus week they will also add the observations and photos taken that and a future focus.
The week before each half term your child's keyworker will use all of the information gathered during the previous weeks to support their assessment of whether a child is emerging, developing or secure in their appropriate age band. This will then ensure staff are aware of any gaps appearing in a child's development or whether a child is above age related expectations.