At The Old Station Nursery Group, we are committed to introducing our children to technology at nursery to enhance and stimulate their learning; whilst maintaining an ever important balance with non-technology based learning and activities. To embed technology into nursery life, our nurseries are equipped with different kinds of technological devices, most notably, the digital table. We are very proud that all of our 36 nurseries will have a digital table in nursery by January 2022.
At nursery, there is a balance between using devices, such as digital tables, to consume information; for example watching videos, playing games and creating something using age appropriate software. Our practitioners think how digital tables can be used to meet children’s learning outcomes and choose software that is appropriate to children’s needs. We carefully think what young children are learning using digital tables.
Many of our children have access to devices at home, such as iPads, interactive games and other technologies. As a group of nurseries, we see our role of teaching the children to balance their use of technology and think of their well-being.
Since technology is recognised as an important part of children’s everyday lives both now and in the future, and a valuable way of exploring and expressing meaning in combination with non-digital forms, we ensure that technology is woven carefully and meaningfully across all areas of learning.
Through research evidence, it has been demonstrated that technology can be used for learning. Our children are living in a technological society, who will need to navigate an even more technological world in the future. Technology in the early years help create the building blocks to continue building on when they transition to school and beyond.
With the support of a practitioner, digital tables can be used to aid learning with all children, engaging them in key skills such as literacy, numeracy, self-expression, creativity and computational thinking. We see high levels of engagement from children combining their use of digital tables and linking to their lived experiences e.g. exploring different forms of transport around us on the digital table may relate to a child’s experience of going on a train; which may lead to the child role playing/extending/sharing their experiences with friends, etc. Feedback from our practitioners also indicated that digital tables are used as a valuable teaching device when discussing, reflecting, and supporting questions from children, individually or within a group.
If you are interested in reading more about technology in the early years, read out blog ‘Screen time in a technological world’.