Put ICT at the heart of learning in the early years

Switched on ICT in the Early Years

Use ICT to engage and inspire your reception children

Switched on ICT for the Early YearsSwitched on ICT in the Early Years provides creative activities that fit easily within EYFS settings and puts ICT at the heart of learning. Children develop ICT skills through meaningful experiences that cover all the prime and specific areas of learning and development.
  • Written to support the EYFS framework
  • Units cover each of the prime and specific areas
  • Enable all practitioners, regardless of skills or confidence, to embed ICT in their teaching
  • Use with free software or software you already own

View a complete list of the Switched on ICT units 

Switched on ICT has been developed in association with the London Borough of Havering School Improvement Services and a team of ICT specialists.


Tricia Neal - an e-learning consultant and PGCE Early Years ICT tutor. Former Primary teacher and Local Authority Advisory Teacher.

Rachel Ager - an educational consultant, former Primary school teacher and Local Authority Early Years ICT Advisor.

How to use it in your school

  • Switched on ICT for the Early Years
    The Teacher’s Book gives you everything you need to prepare for tasks, including tutorial links to any unfamiliar software and advice on ensuring technology is used safely and responsibly
  • Switched on ICT for the Early Years
    Full and step-by-step guidance is provided for running each activity and classroom posters help to engage children in the tasks
  • Switched on ICT for the Early Years
    Observe and evaluate each child’s learning against learning outcomes in the Planning cycle and assess the next steps for learning

The Early Years pack includes:

Teacher’s Book
  • Planning notes
  • Assessment guidance
  • Extension ideas and curriculum links
Fully Networkable CD-ROM and permanent online access
  • Teacher’s book as a PDF
  • Editable versions of the classroom envelope and technology labels
  • Software demo videos – an easy to way to get to grips with unfamiliar software
  • Bank of free resources including images, sound effects, sticker templates, editable certificates
  • Guidance for safe and responsible use of technology
  • Spreadsheet for recording and tracking pupil progress
12 themed posters highlight links between ICY and the rest of the curriculum

Loved by teachers across the country

More case studies »

I think they have thought of it all with this package and the response from colleagues I have introduced it to has been universally positive and welcoming...Well done to the team behind this scheme of work, it should help to raise the expectations for these younger learners, whilst also enabling them to experience a wide diet of ICT experiences.

Anthony Evans
St Aiden’s Primary School

The teachers feel confident in delivering ICT and it allows the children to learn through play.

Sarah Anderson
Bowlee Park Community School

The activities are also very self-exploratory and enable children to discover for themselves and direct their own learning, which is a significant principle of the EYFS ethos.

Julie Crouch, ICT Subject Leader, Chigwell Row Infant School