Early Years Learning

The Learning Journey

Play is the key to the way young children learn.

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We keep track of your child’s learning journey via Tapestry – an online password protected site where we can upload photos, videos and observations of your child to share with you. Our aim is to provide you with a continuous picture of your child’s time with us.

You can also contribute information to the learning journey by uploading your own photos, videos and observations from at home. It is always very interesting for our staff to see what your child gets up to outside of school, and it helps us to get to know your child even better.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

As an OFSTED registered Pre-School we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage – Every Child Matters guidelines for children three to five years.  These guidelines begin at pre-school and continue into Reception Year at school.  The Early Learning Goals are part of the Foundation Stage Curriculum which records your child’s development.

The four themes and principles of the EYFS are:

A Unique Child

Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive Relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parent and/or a key person.

Enabling Environments

The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s developing and learning.

Learning and Development

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.

Early Learning Goals

Early Learning Goals cover the seven main areas of children’s learning and development.

All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three prime areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

Prime Area

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 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.

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.

Specific Areas

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 (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 of 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.

All children learn best through experiences that are planned to meet their stage of development.