Children’s Development and Learning
We aim to ensure that each child:
· Is respected and treated as an individual;
· Is given generous care and attention;
· Has the chance to join in with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn together;
· Is helped to forward his/her learning and development by being helped to build on what she/he already knows and can do;
· Has a personal key worker 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 provision for children’s learning and development is guided by The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum which allows children to progress within this curriculum and continue once the child transfers to Primary School.
We continually ensure that our setting supports the curriculum guidance for the foundation stage. Children start to learn about the world from the second they are born. The care and education offered by our setting ensures that children continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are appropriate to their age and development.
Once your child starts at pre-school, we will provide you with more detailed information on how the EYFS works, and the 7 areas of learning which we encompass.
Learning Through Play
Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children learn to think. Our setting uses the practice guidance EYFS to plan and provide a range of play activities, which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development. Some activities are child-led whilst in others, an adult takes the lead in helping the children to take part.
White Rock Pre-school acknowledges that young children are active learners and that they need opportunities both indoors and outdoors to make sense of the world, whilst supported by knowledgeable, interested and sensitive adults.
We assess how young children are learning and developing through frequent observation. We use information that we gain through observations, as well as from photographs of the children, to document their progress and where this may be leading them. We believe that parents/carers know their children best and we ask them to contribute to assessment by sharing information about what their children like to do at home.
We make periodic assessment summaries of childrens achievement based on our on-going development records. These form part of the childrens Learning Diaries.
Each child has a learning diary in Pre-School, which is a positive record of their achievements and progress during their time in our care.
We ask that each child bring into Pre-School an A4 rind binder of their choice, which can be kept at Pre-School. Photographs, work and comments by the staff can be kept within these ring binders to show how each child is progressing.
These documents are an important part of how the child is achieving and will be passed on to their Primary school when the time comes. The school will pass them back to Parents/Carers once they have been looked at.
We encourage the children to take ownership of their learning diaries and help choose the work that goes into them.
We are aware that your child is on a continual learning journey therefore we encourage you to bring in and add any items such as photographs, certificates, pictures which you would like included in their learning diary.
The Early Years Foundation Stage sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s “school readiness” and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. These are as follows;
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Within a nurturing environment, children are individually supported whilst developing confidence, autonomy and self-respect.
They are encouraged to work and concentrate independently and also take part in the life of the group, sharing and cooperating with other children and adults.
Through activities, conversation and practical example, they learn acceptable ways to express their feelings and to have respect for the feelings of others.
All children are given the opportunity to take responsibility for themselves and also for the group, its members and its property.
Communication and Language
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.
Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive and to develop their coordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
By means of adult supported practical experience, children become familiar with sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting activities, which form the basis for early mathematics.
As they use their developing mathematical understanding to solve practical problems, children are assisted to learn and use the vocabulary of mathematics, identifying objects by shape, position, size, number and volume.
Songs games and picture books help children become aware of number sequences and when they are ready, to use simple mathematical operations such as adding.
Understanding the World
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
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.
Literacy development 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 to ignite their interest.