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Inspired By a Child

This is paid-promotional content on behalf of 1decision.

Hayley Anne-Sherwood shares with That Nursery Life how 1decision’s new Read-to-Me resources were inspired by a mother and daughter’s compromise over an eternal conflict; what do you do when they want to watch tv but you want them to practice their reading?

It has certainly been a different year for everyone across the country. Here at 1decision HQ we wanted to find as many positives as we could during this time.

During the first lockdown we focussed all of our energies on using the time to create our early years programme. The aim for this new set of resources was support schools across the country who were already using the 1decision primary programme.

We launched it in September, getting off to a flying start as we received our first award in the Teach Early Years ‘Happy and Healthy’ category in October. Momentum continued to grow as many other organisations welcomed the new support, with hundreds of settings across 40 counties now utilising the programme.

During the most recent lockdown we seized the opportunity to review the programme, working with early years practitioners to see how we could improve and expand our offering to help even more children reach their early learning goals.

You never know when inspiration is going to strike.

It was in the middle of all of these rounds of adult, professional feedback that a young child named Destyni gifted us with a whole new approach.

Destyni had a bit of time away from home schooling and wanted to watch the television, but her mum wanted her to read a book, so they made a compromise. They agreed that she could watch television, if it was a nature programme, with subtitles and no sound…. Eureka!

Everybody was happy: her mum was happy that she was reading and learning and Destyni was happy because she had got her way and was watching TV.

It suddenly dawned on me that it was a great idea for our online storybooks. Over the past month we have turned all of our interactive flip-books into read-to-me books which guide children through the story word by word.

You can watch a sample here

The new read-to-me books reduce many of the vocabulary barriers, support children that speak English as an additional language, and so much more. They can be played on most devices ranging from large smart screens to small tablets.

We currently have twenty stories available, looking at important subjects such as separation anxiety, learning to share, welcoming a new sibling and more, and we are very close to launching the next twenty.

The stories are available as a part of a larger bank of resources and will later be available for home use via our parent/carers app, which is soon to launch via the Apple App Store and Google Play.

It is hard for some to accept that screen time is here to stay, indeed that it will potentially become the preferred way to learn for all children. While many children are predominantly visual learners; we do however aim to reduce some of the issues caused by multiple and constant moving imagery which cause the eyes to flicker.

We hope that by providing books in this way we will help reach a healthy compromise for those children that struggle to read and prefer animated content.

What is next for our resources?

Our platform already hosts many resources which include sorting and talking games, dilemma cards, timers, posters, films, books, and hundreds of activities. As you read this article the team are hard at work creating more content, including an additional 40 read-to-me books and animations, phonics videos, mini yoga online classes, flash cards and so much more. We hope to be able to provide support to many more settings in the next few months.

The 1decision team are very solution-focussed and welcome ideas from early years practitioners. Do you have an idea for a story we could create to support your little learners? If you do then please contact us via info@1decision.co.uk

Are you an early year’s practitioner looking for more resources for your setting? The 1decison early years platform is available to try, for free, by visiting: https://www.1decision.co.uk/early-years

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