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Key to Learning is widely acclaimed as a comprehensive practical approach to bringing the concepts of Vygotsky’s theory of learning and development to the Early Years classroom, and is an ideal basis for the foundation stage. It meets most of the standards that schools, Early Years providers and childcare providers must meet. The material is presented in an easily accessible form for Early Years classroom teachers and comes with all the necessary resources to implement the programme. It is an effective and proven way to develop children’s learning abilities.

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'The human being is a possibility ' Merab Mamardashvili


Galina Dolya (United Kingdom) 

Galina Dolya is the Curriculum Director of Key to Learning, which has developed an innovative Vygotskian approach to Early Years Education.  She is an acknowledged world leading expert on the practical application of Vygotsky’s Theory of Learning and Development. She has worked at every level from Early Years to University and trained hundreds of teachers and trainers world-wide. Currently she is a Researcher at the Pedagogical Academy of Preschool Education, Moscow. She is based in the UK.


Maryke Hauptfleisch (South Africa)

Maryke qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1997 at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. Maryke has worked as occupational therapist for 21 years in a variety of Health, Community and Educational settings and services in South Africa and the United Kingdom. Maryke has completed post graduate training in Sensory Integration and Management in the UK. She is passionate about children’s ability to learn, and for this reason completed her master’s degree in Education whilst living in the UK. Since her return to South Africa in 2014, she has worked as independent occupational therapist and a Vygotskian Early Childhood curriculum advisor. Maryke has experience in working with children and young people (0-25) in both mainstream and special education and her experience include working with young people who has complex needs such as Epilepsy, ADHD, Autism, Specific Learning Difficulties, Developmental Delay, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Learning Disability, Cerebral Palsy and Social interaction difficulties.

Maryke has a particular interest in working with children who has Sensory Integration difficulties and those requiring adaptations or support to maximise their level of independence. Maryke also has written and provided training programmes for carers, parents and teaching staff with regards to developing independence, sensory processing & integration as well as a Vygotskian approach to early years learning.

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