The staff carefully plan a wide range of activities for the children which recognise the children’s individuality, reward their strengths and encourage their efforts.
Children will be introduced to many new experiences. We provide the opportunity for children to explore and investigate the natural and man-made world, to learn about themselves and each other and to develop a cultural awareness.
We take every opportunity to provide the children with outdoor learning experiences. This takes place in a safe and supportive environment, where the children are actively engaged in exploring materials, solving problems, expressing themselves creatively and developing an understanding of social interaction.
For all children we follow the Early Years foundation stage.
Activities are planned around the following:
The EYFS is made up of four themes and seven areas of learning. The areas of learning are made up of 3 Prime areas and 4 Specific areas.
The four themes:
This theme is about how the children develop: they are all different, but should be treated equally. Positive relationships and good communication are vital. The children need to learn about risks and safety, how to make good choices, and how to stick to boundaries. They do best when all their physical and emotional needs are met.
This theme is about the children learning to manage their feelings and build friendships. We will respect all kinds of families and aim to develop a positive two-way relationship with parents. We will support, listen to and work with the children to help them learn. A Key Person looks after each child.
This theme is about practioners planning for and checking on each Child's progress. We will involve parents and the local community. We will ensure that inside and outside spaces at the setting are safe, interesting and engaging. We will support children when they move on, working as a team to help your child succeed.
This theme is about how the children learn – through play and exploration, with adult support for each individual. We will encourage the children to develop imagination, to get actively involved in learning and to make decisions. We will develop the children’s creative and critical thinking, balancing the need for both the children and adults to lead the learning.
The 7 areas of learning and development are sectioned into Prime areas and Specific areas:
The 3 Prime areas:
A range of equipment and opportunities, both indoors and out of doors, allows the children to develop confidence and enjoyment in the use and development of their own bodily skills. A very high level of adult supervision enables children to safely create and meet physical challenges, developing increasing skill and control in moving, climbing and balancing. At the same time, children are supported in the development of the fine motor skills required to use tools, including pens and pencils and to handle small objects with increasing control and precision.
Within a nurturing environment, children are individually supported in developing confidence, autonomy and self-respect. They are encouraged to work and concentrate independently and also to take part in the life of the group, sharing and co-operating with other children and adults. Through activities, conversation and practical examples, they learn acceptable ways to express their own feelings and to have respect for the feelings of others. All children are given the opportunity, as appropriate, to take responsibility for themselves and also for the group, its members and its property.
In both small and large groups, children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking, listening, hearing, and understanding and by responding to stories, songs and rhymes. Staff challenge children by asking questions to extend their thinking and learning.
The 4 Specific areas:
Children are helped to understand that written symbols carry meaning, to be aware of the purpose of writing and, when they are ready, to use drawn and written symbols for themselves. Our well stocked book areas give the children the opportunity and encouragement to become familiar with books, be able to handle them and be aware of their uses, both for reference and a source of stories and pictures.
By means of adult supported and practical experiences, children become familiar with sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting activities, which form the basis for early mathematics. As they use their developing mathematical understanding to solve practical problems, children are assisted to learn and use the vocabulary of mathematics, identifying objects by shape, position, size volume and number. Songs, games and picture books help children to become aware of number sequences and when they are ready, to use simple mathematical operations, such as adding and subtraction.
A safe and stimulating environment allows children to explore and experiment with a range of natural and manufactured materials. They learn to observe the feature of objects and substances, recognise different patterns and similarities and to share and record their findings. Children are assisted in exploring and understanding their environment, both within the group and also in the wider community. A range of safe and well maintained equipment enables children to extend their technological understanding, using simple tools and techniques as appropriate to achieve their intentions and solve problems.
Children are encouraged to use a wide range of resources, materials and in order to express their own ideas and feelings to construct their individual response to experiences in two and three dimensions. Art equipment, including paints, glue, crayons and pencils, as well as natural and discarded resources, provides for open-ended exploration of colour, shape, texture and the development of skill in painting, drawing and collage. Children join in with, and respond, to music, movement and stories and there are many opportunities for imaginary and role-play, both individually or as part of a group.
Characteristics of effective leaning:
Looking at the unique child, observing what a child is learning and the way a child learns through the Characteristics of effective learning.
We continually monitor the children’s progress by making on-going observations and assessments and keep parents informed of their child’s progress.