WE LEARN THROUGH PLAY!!
Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential meeting realistic but challenging targets. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child's experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, which is the key to developing well.
Play helps young children to learn and develop their physical, social, emotional and intellectual skills through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children learn to think. It is also how they learn to socialise, as children engage in learning experiences with others.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is a play based framework that childcare providers use as a tool to ensure that children from birth to five years are developing and learning to their full potential. Providers are to support, plan and provide a range of play activities, which help children to make progress in each of the following areas of learning and development:
3 Prime areas and 4 Specific areas to follow
- Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
- Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co‑ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
- Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
- Literacy involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
- Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
- Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
- Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role‑play, and design and technology.
We will observe your child to assess how they are learning and developing, we call this 'the child's development folder'.
We will use this information, along with evidence from photographs to observations, to document their progress and where this might be leading them. We will update you regularly update you through informal parent meetings .
We complete next steps forms in order to support your child to meet realistic but challenging goals.
On starting your child will have a 2 year progress check done ,as well as 'the Childs passport' (the form you complete on your child individual needs) for us to see where they are at with their stages of learning and how we can move forward providing fabulous learning opportunities.