At NUSTEM, we know that the earlier intervention starts, the better. The aims of our EYFS units are to develop, deliver and enable a high-quality STEM intervention in EYFS. There are many adults other than the teacher working in EYFS settings who will all be key influencers but may not have the STEM qualifications or training. This intervention is an opportunity to include these adults along with families of EYFS children in promoting STEM and STEM careers in EYFS and to ensure that gender (and all other) stereotyping is avoided during STEM interactions with children.
We have produced a series of units, each based on a high quality STEM story books. The units include STEM related questions to go with the book, a STEM person with a related career and their attributes, instructions for three adult led and three provocations related to the story to use in the setting and a STEM at home activity. The packs also contain STEM guides for practitioners to go with each activity including correct explanations of concepts and vocabulary lists and questions and suggestions for developing play, extending STEM learning and promoting STEM attributes. We plan to develop a consistency in approach in all adults, by imparting the units to practitioners in a non-intimidating, easy to access way.