For our Early Years children, we offer a wide range of activities to encourage independence and support development. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Each child is treated as an individual and allowed to develop at their own pace.
The characteristics of effective teaching and learning In planning and guiding what children learn, practitioners must reflect on the different rates at which children are developing and adjust their practice appropriately. Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:
- playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
- active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
- creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things
In the Early Years Foundation Stage children learn best when they experience learning first hand, through meaningful interactions with others, through physical activity and through play. Our Early Years practice is based on on-going observation and assessment of the children and their interests.
The activities in our Centre cover the three prime areas of learning that underpin everything in the early years:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
The four specific areas help children to strengthen and apply the prime areas:
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
Continuous provision offers opportunity for independent play, creativity, imaginative play, number games and literacy through sharing books. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their surroundings and resources.