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Course Description

Claire created the Floorbook Approach to give the practitioner tools to truly consult with children during the planning and documentation process. The approach encourages higher-order thinking skills and helps children influence their learning.

NESA accredited

The Floorbook Approach is an innovative child-led approach to observation, documentation and planning which is now implemented in settings around the world. By listening to children and identifying their interests we can create a unique learning opportunity that excites and interests children.

Floorbooks are blank books where we can record children's voices and their ideas to use in our planning. Group writing in a Floorbook allows shared thinking as children recall each other's ideas and record them through writing, diagrams and photographs. This child-centred approach records the evidence of the process of play and the learning that comes from it.

Talking Tubs stimulate children's senses, encourage talking and thinking and really engage children in their learning. They allow you to use 3D objects and 2D images to help children investigate a topic. This technique creates ideas to use as stepping stones for further play and learning.


'Inquiry-based Learning with the Floorbook Approach’ is aimed at all professionals working within Early Years Childcare and Education who want to reflect on and grow their own practice. This course starts at an introductory level and therefore no pre-requisite learning is required.

Teaching Standards

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area:  Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities

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Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Introduction

  • 2

    Module 1

    • Introduction to Talking Tub and Floorbook Approaches

    • Reflection

  • 3

    Module 2

    • Using Communication Book and Family Book

    • Reflection

  • 4

    Module 3

    • How Can Floorbooks Help to Stimulate Group Discussion and Participatory Planning Among Children?

    • Reflection

  • 5

    Module 4

    • How Can Floorbooks and Talking Tub Help in Language Acquisition and Development?

    • Untitled survey

  • 6

    Module 5

    • National Quality Framework

    • Untitled survey

  • 7

    Module 6

    • ‘What To’ and ‘What Not To’ Document in a Floorbook?

    • Reflection

  • 8

    Course Feedback

    • Please take few minutes to give your feedback.

Claire Warden

Claire Warden

Claire Warden is an educational consultant who has developed her approach to nature pedagogy and experiential learning through a variety of experiences. Her experiences have taken her on a pathway that includes working in a variety of types of centre, advisory work, and lecturing in further education. Claire is currently based in Scotland but frequently travels to Australia, the United States and elsewhere. Claire's experience as a former lecturer in Primary Education at Strathclyde University, supported her development of the training strategies and courses that have been applied to the dynamic and creative work currently undertaken by the company she first started, ‘Mindstretchers Ltd’. It has now grown to develop many aspects, including Claire’s own company, ‘Claire Warden Ltd’, through which Claire does her international and consultancy work, and her Community Interest Company, 'Living Classrooms', through which many community focussed projects have been delivered and which is now at the centre of the new International Association of Nature Pedagogy.

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