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Finding and exploring young children’s fascinations

Strengthening the quality of gifted and talented provision in the early years

This guidance draws on current research evidence and practitioner case studies to explore how each child’s unique strengths, interests, aptitudes and passions can be recognised, celebrated and nurtured in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The guidance argues that very young children often possess sophisticated thinking skills and creativity that may not be recognised or valued by adults, and may therefore pass unnoticed. Through posing questions for reflection and discussion on each of the four themes and principles of the EYFS, the guidance supports practitioners in taking responsibility for creating environments in which all children can discover and gain confidence in their own capacity for learning. It suggests that by working in close partnership with parents1 and listening carefully to the voice of the child, practitioners will gain insights into children’s emerging capabilities that could transform their future educational experience.