COEL- Quick Reference Cards

The characteristics of effective learning (COEL)

Download your free COEL Quick Reference Cards

When early years providers observe children during adult-led and child initiated play, it is important to note what the child can and cannot yet do and how the child learns.

When we know what the child can and cannot yet do we are able to plan for their future learning… when we know how the child learns we can use this information to support their future learning. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS, 2017) states in requirement 1.9:

In planning and guiding children’s activities, practitioners must reflect on the different ways that children learn and reflect these in their practice.

There are 3 learning characteristics:

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically.

You will find comprehensive guidance to the learning characteristics in this series of Information Guides from Childcare.co.uk – free to gold members:

  • Chapter 1 – Characteristics of effective learning
  • Chapter 2 – Characteristics of effective learning
  • Chapter 3 – Characteristics of effective learning

A new series of ‘Quick Reference Cards’ has been added to this series of Information Guides to further support practitioners when observing, assessing and planning for children’s learning characteristics.

These quick reference cards can be printed, laminated and attached to a lanyard or hung on a hook… they provide easily accessible information about the learning characteristics for all practitioners in a quick reference format.

Download your free COEL Quick Reference Cards

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