EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION

Our aim as a pre-school is to provide the children with opportunities for learning 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 seven 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.

4. LITERACY

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.

5. MATHEMATICS

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.