"Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people, and in the world around them. Development is not an automatic process, however. It depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments" (Development Matters, DfE)
Children in our Early Years classes (nursery and reception) can expect a warm and welcoming environment. Our team work hard to ensure your child is safe, happy and makes as much progress as possible, learning through play! This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future successes. As well as our many exciting areas to learn inside the classroom such as sand play, water play, malleable area, mark-making, painting, number, investigation, construction (to name but a few!), we feel that learning outside is very important! Therefore, we will ensure your child has access to the outdoor environment as much as possible where we will provide fun activities such as, nature walks, minibeast hunts, large-scale water play, mud-pie making, snow play etc.
The ways in which your child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically – underpin learning and development across all areas. We call these the Characteristics of Effective Learning. Observations of how your child plays and learns will help support our team to provide them with everything your child needs to learn new skills.
Playing and exploring (engagement) - Finding out and exploring, playing with what they know, being willing to ‘have a go’
Active learning (motivation) - Being involved and concentrating, keeping trying, enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and thinking critically (thinking) - Having their own ideas, making links, choosing ways to do things
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first.
These are: Communication and language; Physical development; and Personal, social and emotional development. These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.
These are: Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the world; and Expressive arts and design. These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. We will support your child to ensure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. If children require a little extra support in any of the areas, we will provide this alongside our usual daily lessons and activities. We are also lucky enough to have a speech therapist who works with us on a weekly basis to support our children who need that little bit of help with their speech and language skills.
See here for more information regarding our curriculum
See here for The Early Years Foundation Stage Handbook
If you require any further information or support or would like to see a copy of our weekly planning, please do not hesitate to pop in and see us