There are several arguments for limiting early-years learners’ access to technology, but it can be used to support them in certain areas too. As tech becomes a bigger part of our everyday lives, so should we look at some of the ways in which we can implement it for the better.
Early Years Tech Fluency
Children nowadays are growing up in an era with the internet and innovative pieces of tech all around them. It is important to encourage this fluency as much as possible, and this can best be done at an Early-Years level.
There are many different little things that can be done to encourage this fluency in young children. Just take a look at any app store and you will find a plethora of amazing games that can be used to teach young children a variety of things. You could even look into teaching them coding and other skills. There are lots of resources out there that can be used to teach them skills they can make use of later in life!
Platforms like Nursery Story can be used by the staff at nurseries to better manage certain aspects of these environments. A nursery is not just a place where a child can grow, learn, and play. There is also a lot of paperwork and administration that must be done to create this good environment. The right nursery management platform will help to support them through this and will allow them to sort out things quickly so they can focus on the children instead.
Some platforms even have a messaging system in place. If they need to, staff will be able to get in touch with parents at the touch of a button. This can help to build trust between them and parents and can make many aspects of communication that much easier.
Tech in a Group Setting
It is important to focus not just on how an individual child can learn to use tech, but also how they can put it to use in a group setting. Teaching children in groups has some benefits that you don’t see in one-on-one support, so it is key that you try to find ways to maximise their exposure to both.
On top of this, you might want to think about games and ways that you can use tech to engage children in an activity. The right app is going to make all the difference and could facilitate some amazing play and learning.
Though some people think that we should be keeping our children away from tech as much as we can, there are plenty of arguments in favour of letting children learn how to use tech. As the caregivers and staff, it is our role to decide which tech is appropriate, and how often they should have access to it. Take a look at some of the ways you can implement tech amongst Early-Years learners, and how it can best be used to support them.
Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He has a interest in cyber security, and has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.