EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION
Our aim as a pre-school is to provide the children with opportunities for leaming through play and social interaction, building an early understanding of different skills. We use the Early Years Foundation Stage which covers different elements of the child’s learning. Our aims fall into six broad areas:
1. COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
This involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; to speak and listen in a range of situations.
2. PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
This 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.
3. PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
This 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; to have confidence in their own abilities.
This 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.
This involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, as well as learning to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
6. UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD
This 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.
7. EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND DESIGN
This 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.
The SCAMPS Pre-school letters that matter to us:
- Social skills are important for a child as they learn how to mix with other children and share.
- Care and concern for people and the environment.
- Allergies are a common occurrence for many children and we guarantee awareness of this and do all in our power to protect the children.
- Multiculturalism is what our setting believes in and we try to ensure our children understand and value the cultures and beliefs of others.
- Partnership with parents/carers is of great importance to us and gives us the insight into your child’s development.
- Special educational needs means that some children need additional support for their needs and we feel we operate an inclusive setting, treating all children equally.
- Physical education is an important part of children’s lives and we offer a diverse range of physical activities. We have an outdoor play area and use of the school hall when it is wet.
- Respect for others is something we expect the children to learn through modelling from staff and having rules within the setting.
- Equal opportunities are where each child has their own rights, are treated as individuals within the setting and are listened to.
- Starting school is the next step for children and our aims are to provide them with some of the skills they will need within the school environment.
- Child development is something our key workers observe and build upon to ensure your child is reaching their full potential.
- Happy children are of the utmost importance to us because when they are content, this is the optimal time for learning.
- Outdoor activities and understanding of the environment is something we promote within the setting
- Opportunities are given to the children to look at different aspects of learning covering the six main elements of the Foundation stage
- Language is used in different ways and we try to ensure that children can communicate using different methods which could include signing, flashcards, verbal and other methods