As a setting that receives grant funding for the education of children aged 2 to 5 years of age, we are required to plan activities and experiences that help children make progress in their development and learning. We do this by planning our activities under the seven areas of learning and development known as the Early Years Foundation Stage.
All areas of learning and development are inter-connected and important. The prime areas are particularly crucial for “igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capability to learn, form relationships and thrive.” (Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, 2014,p.7)
Personal, Social & Emotional Development
Communication & Language
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Personal, social and emotional development:
We provide experiences and support which will help children to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others; respect for others; social skills; and a positive disposition to learn. We provide support for children’s emotional well-being to help them to know themselves and what they can do.
Communication and language:
We provide experiences for children to learn and become competent in communication, speaking and listening. These experiences provide opportunities and encouragement to use their skills in a range of situations and for a range of purposes, while staff support children in developing their confidence and disposition to do so.
We provide opportunities for children to be active and interactive and to improve their skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement. We support them using all of their senses to learn about the world around them and make connections between new information and what they already know. We help children to develop and understanding of the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food.
We provide experiences for children to learn to be competent in writing and reading and being read to. We keep in mind the system the local primary school use to teach phonics and letter formation.
We provide a broad range of activities to support children in this area, allowing them to explore, enjoy, learn, practice and talk about their developing understanding.
Understanding the world:
We support children in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world. We provide opportunities for the children to use a range of tools safely; encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real-life situations; undertake practical experiments; and work with a range of materials.
Expressive Arts and Design:
We extend children’s creativity by supporting their curiosity, exploration and play. We provide opportunities for them to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of art, music, movement, dance, imagination and role-play activities, mathematics and design and technology.