We take children from 6 months up to 5 years old. During this time they develop from babies to young girls and boys ready to start school.
The Early Years Curriculum
Young children learn from everything around them – the people, the environment, the atmosphere, the routine, the experiences and opportunities. All of these elements of the Nursery make up “the nursery curriculum”.
The staff plan to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum, which is underpinned by the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.
Early years foundation stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage, (EYFS), is a statutory framework that sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that the children in their care learn and develop well, stay safe and are kept healthy. Within this framework, there are 7 areas of learning, with 17 ‘Early Learning Goals’ to be aimed for by the end of children’s Reception year in school.
The Framework is split into 3 sections;
Characteristics of effective learning
The most successful ways in which children learn and develop are through playing and exploring, learning actively, and creating and thinking critically. These are called the “characteristics of effective learning” and are one part of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Playing and exploring, which is about finding out and exploring, playing with what they know and being willing to ‘have a go’.
Active learning, which is about being involved and concentrating, persevering and enjoying achieving, what they set out to do.
Creating and thinking critically, which is about having their own ideas, making links in their learning and developing strategies for ways of doing things.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development, which is about making relationships and getting along with other children and adults, having confidence and self-awareness, and being able to manage their feelings and behaviour.
Communication and Language, which is about developing good listening and attention skills, to have good understanding and also speak and express themselves clearly.
Physical Development, which is about large and small movements in a variety of ways, having good control and co-ordination, handling different tools and equipment well. It also covers health and self-care, looking at ways to keep healthy and safe.
Literacy, which is about stories, rhymes, books and reading, and also mark making/writing.
Mathematics, which looks at numbers, counting, shape, space and measure.
Understanding the World,which is about people and communities and helps children understand about the world they live in, including ICT.
Expressive Arts and Design,which develops different forms of expression, exploring music, dance and song, encouraging children to be creative in all respects. It also focuses on media and materials and imaginative/pretend play.
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