Continuous and Enhanced Provision- Let’s Explore!

Today, we unpack two essential buddies in the classroom – Continuous Provision and Enhanced Provision. These are often terms associated with EYFS, but you’ll know that I advocate (and am now supporting) continuous and enhanced provision for learning in KS1, having used them myself with a year 1 class… so let’s dive in!

Continuous Provision: The Everyday Adventure

So, Continuous Provision is like the steady heartbeat of our classrooms. It’s all about creating an environment where kiddos can freely explore and learn throughout the day. Think of it as setting the stage for their little adventures:

  1. Accessibility: Picture this – everything in the room is within reach. That way, our mini explorers can grab what they need, whenever they feel that spark of curiosity.
  2. Consistency: We’re talking about a playground of consistent goodies. Learners get to revisit their favorite play stations and activities, building up their skills and confidence over time.
  3. Flexibility: The beauty here is that while the setting stays the same, we can switch up the goodies to match what our children are into. It’s like a flexible recipe for learning fun.
  4. Observation and Assessment: With continuous provision, we get to be the invisible observers, picking up on what makes each individual tick. It’s like having a front-row seat to their unique learning journey.

Enhanced Provision: Levelling Up the Fun

Now, let’s spice things up with Enhanced Provision. This is our time to shine as teaching maestros, bringing in some extra oomph to hit specific learning goals:

  1. Focused Learning Opportunities: Imagine creating a learning wonderland tailored to a particular goal or learning outcome from your curriculum map. It’s all about those ‘Aha!’ moments when children connect the dots.
  2. Teacher Facilitation: Unlike continuous provision where the learners’ take the driver’s seat, enhanced provision lets us be the co-pilots. We guide, support, and cheer them on as they tackle the new activity, visit the play provocation or engage in a more focused task.
  3. Thematic or Project-Based Learning: Now, this is where we weave magic. Enhanced provision is like our own little learning movie – with themes, stories, and projects that bring different skills together in one awesome show (that’s your curriculum by the way). By using enhanced provision we’re guiding the learning towards our end point goals, but in a way that allows for children to e free flowing and explore.
  4. Assessment and Progress Monitoring: We get to wear our detective hats and figure out how well things are going for individual learners and how they are doing with specific tasks. It’s a more focused way of checking out their progress. But it also allows us to then go back and rejig our enhanced provision, to meet any of their missed learning opportunities, scaffold where someone may have “missed a link” or add in challenge when children are reaching above and beyond (think breadth and depth).

Wrapping it Up: Balancing Act

So, there you have it – the dynamic duo of Continuous Provision and Enhanced Provision. It’s like crafting a symphony where the everyday beat mixes with some intentional melodies to create a harmonious learning experience.

If you’re looking for how to implement continuous and enhanced provision in the areas of your classroom then why not check out my f r e e CP vs EP posters that break down the different areas of provision F R E E Resources

By blending these two buddies, we’re not just teaching; we’re creating an environment where every learner can shine, explore, and embrace the joy of learning. Here’s to the magic of a classroom embracing continuous and enhanced provision– where every day is an adventure! 🌟

And remember, if you’re ready to implement some new continuous and enhanced provision planning then the IITTP member area has you covered!