The home environment can have a significant impact on children’s learning. The Effective Provision of Pre-school Education (EPPE) project (2009) found that what parents/carers did with children was more important than who they were. Bronfenbrenner’s theoretical framework will be used to illustrate the importance of learners’ home and family. Welsh Government policy frameworks which are relevant to this area include:
- The Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (2001) (external link)
- Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill (in consultation 2012) (external link).
In Topic 1, you considered the physical learning environment, which can significantly impact on effective learning. A room that is too hot or too cold, bright sunlight or insufficient light, a noisy space or uncomfortable seating can all have an impact on everyone’s learning.
Consider the 2D physical learning environment that you have created in Topic 1.
Emotional and social environments
An emotional environment is created by all who are present in that space. In schools the staff need to ensure that the environment is warm and accepting. Children and young people need empathy, and need to be able to feel confident in their environment. They need to know that their feelings are accepted, and that they are able to express them, knowing that adults in the environment will help them with how they are feeling. Relevant policy frameworks and good practice guidelines include: