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Planning in the Moment with Two and Three Year Olds


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1. Why plan in the moment

2. The environment

3. The adult role

4. Observation and assessment

5. September

6. October

7. November

8. December

9. January

10. February

11. March

12. April

13. May

14. June

15. July

Summary and conclusion

About the Author

Anna Ephgrave has been teaching for over 27 years. Her most recent post was Assistant Head Teacher responsible for the early years and year one at Carterhatch Infant School, which was graded as Outstanding in its most recent inspection. Anna is now an independent consultant, trainer and author, supporting practitioners both in the United Kingdom and abroad. She has written four highly successful books for Routledge: Planning in the Moment with Young Children, The Reception Year in Action, Year One in Action, and The Nursery Year in Action, which was the winner of Nursery World's Professional Books Award, 2017.


We have a lot of visitors now and I say to them (and to anyone reading this book) - take the leap and have a go. Some of our staff had reservations, but now they are all on board. They have been convinced by what has happened:-

  • The data shows that the children are making outstanding progress
  • The atmosphere is purposeful and busy
  • The behavior management has reduced massively
  • The workload and paperwork has reduced too
  • The staff feel that they really know all the children so much better

My main message would be that settings should try this approach in its entirety. Have faith; child-initiated play, with planning in the moment, (if it is done well), will give results that will amaze you. It will also re-ignite your enthusiasm for early childhood education.

Helen Clegg, Owner, Staple Hill Stars Preschool, UK.

To have such constructive and calm learning episodes happening so organically around the space is a triumph to all the staff at the nursery and indeed [the] approach. Aliye Veli, independent early years consultant and trainer, UK.

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