Organising resources

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By Sue Cowley — experienced classroom teacher and behaviour expert

In an early years’ setting, the effective use of resources plays a key part in delivering high quality care and education.

Children playing with resources

As a practitioner, it’s worth thinking about what a ‘resource’ actually is – basically anything that is brought into the setting to enrich or enhance the learning and development of your children. We tend to think of resources as physical items: blocks, paper, paint, sand, toys and books. But, of course, the most important resource of all is staff who are skilled in their role and who relate well to the children. In this article you’ll find lots of ideas about how to choose, organise and evaluate your physical resources. Choosing, organising and evaluating staff is typically a lot more complicated!


Quality and type of resources

When you’re making choices about the kind of resources to choose for your setting, ask yourself and your staff the following questions:

  • Can we (children, staff) use this for more than one kind of activity? Avoid those plastic toys that have only one, very clear, purpose in mind.
  • Do these resources offer the chance for open ended, heuristic play?
  • Do we have a balance that covers all six areas of learning within the EYFS?
  • Do we have plenty of resources made out of natural materials, as well as plastic ones?
  • How can we use these resources in a creative and imaginative manner?
  • Do we want to invest in a high quality permanent resource, or a cheaper one that can be replaced more quickly?
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