"Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity".
Kay Redfield Jamison
What can i expect for my child?
We as a setting promote the Early Years Curriculum through play and exploration. Allowing the individual child the opportunity to explore, to choose, to think and to achieve enabling them to move from pre-school to primary school ready and able with confidence and the knowledge that learning is fun.
We actively acknowledge and support the fact that a child’s parents are his primary educators. We welcome and encourage parents, carer’s and family members to join us in supporting their child’s development.
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage ?
The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets the statutory standards that all early years providers must meet. This includes all maintained schools, non-maintained schools, independent schools and all providers on the Early Years Register.
The EYFS aims to provide:
· quality and consistency in all early years settings
· a secure foundation that will allow all children good progress through school and life
· partnerships between different practitioners
· partnerships between parents or carers and practitioners
· equality of opportunity for all children
The Characterstics of effective learning are:
Playing and exploring - observing how children engage with their learning
• Finding out and exploring
• Using what they know in their play
• Being willing to have a go
Active learning - observing how children are motivated to learn
• Being involved and concentrating
• Keeping trying
• Enjoying and achieving what they set out to do
Creating and thinking critically - observing how children are thinking
• Having their own ideas
• Using what they already know to learn new things
• Choosing ways to do things and finding new ways
Areas of Learning and Development:
The 3 prime areas of learning:
Personal, Social and emotional development
Comunication and Language
The 4 specific areas of learning:
Understanding of the world
Expressive arts and design
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and their individual interests.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.