Children's Learning & Development

  

We aim to ensure that each child:

  •  is in a safe and stimulating environment;
  •  is given generous care and attention, because of our ratio of qualified staff to children, as well as volunteer helpers;
  •  has the chance to join in with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn together;
  •  is helped to take forward her/his learning and development by being helped to build on what she/he already knows and can do;
  •  has a personal key person who makes sure each child makes satisfying progress;
  •  is in a setting that sees parents as partners in helping each child to learn and develop; and
  •  is in a setting in which parents help to shape the service it offers.

The Early Years Foundation Stage

  

Provision for the development and learning of children from birth to 5 years is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage. Our provision reflects the four overarching principles of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (DfE 2014):


  

 A Unique Child

Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

 Positive Relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

 Enabling Environments

Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners, parents and carers.

 Learning and Development

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

How we provide for development and learning

  

Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by our setting helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development.


The Areas of Development and Learning comprise:

 Prime Areas

- Personal, social and emotional development.

- Physical development.

- Communication and language.


 Specific Areas

- Literacy.

- Mathematics.

- Understanding the world.

- Expressive arts and design.


For each area, the level of progress that children are expected to have attained by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage is defined by the Early Learning Goals. These goals state what it is expected that children will know, and be able to do, by the end of the reception year of their education.

Our approach to learning and development and assessment

Learning through play

Being active and playing supports young children’s learning and development through doing and talking. This is how children learn to think about and understand the world around them. We use the EYFS statutory guidance on education programmes to plan and provide opportunities which will help children to make progress in all areas of learning. This programme is made up of a mixture of activities that children plan and organise for themselves and activities planned and led by practitioners.

Records of achievement

We keep a record of achievement for each child. Your child's record of achievement helps us to celebrate together her/his achievements and to work together to provide what your child needs for her/his well-being and to make progress. 

Your child's key person will work in partnership with you to keep this record. To do this you and she/he will collect information about your child's needs, activities, interests and achievements. This information will enable the key person to identify your child's stage of progress. Together, we will then decide on how to help your child to move on to the next stage.