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‘With me’ only rule

In our home nurseries, we do not allow children free access to any tablets or phones. TV’s are kept out of the playspace (where possible) or covered over.

Your child will never be left unattended watching screen content. Your Early Educator may, on occasion, watch it with them as a lead into a discussion:

  • Sharing video content together as part of an interactive learning experience and as a prompt for discussion can be positive.

  • When leading children’s learning around a topic they might wish to find video content that brings ideas to life, So they use high-quality content sparingly.

  • For example, sharing short video clips and watching them with the children in order to ask questions about them and lead the learning.

Your child is taught that the internet is a wonderfully rich source of knowledge.

  • We encourage children to search for answers online - supervised of course.

    • Children will often come to our Early Educators with questions. They encourage them to try and find out the answers for themselves through research. This introduces them to a vital lifelong learning skill.

    • If they do not have a book on the topic and are not due to visit the library, they help your child search for video content online to answer their question.

    • They never leave your child unattended looking at Youtube but moreover, watch it with them so they can follow on the discussion and cement their learning.

Why do our Early Educators limit screen time?

  • Screen time inhibits learning in young children by taking them away from play.

  • Children get much more learning from interactive physical learning than screen content.

    • Studies show that screen time inhibits certain aspects of a child’s development by narrowing their focus and stopping them from exploring the physical world through play.

  • Children do not learn language from TV. They only get that from real-world interaction.

    • Language development expands rapidly between 18 months to 3 years of age, and studies have shown that children learn language best when engaging and interacting with adults who are talking and playing with them.

    • There is also some evidence that children who watch a lot of television during the early years perform less well on reading tests and may show deficits in attention.


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