George Perkins Day Nursery – Learning & Development
Children’s learning and development is promoted in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage. It is a framework setting the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to age five. A “parents’ guide” can be viewed at www.foundationyears.org.uk.
It sets out:
• The legal welfare requirements that everyone registered to look after children must follow to keep your child safe and promote their welfare
• The 7 areas of learning and development which guide professionals’ engagement with your child’s play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge
• Assessments that will tell you about your child’s progress through the EYFS
• Expected levels that your child should reach at age 5, usually the end of the reception year; these expectations are called the “Early Learning Goals (ELGs)”
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
• Communication and language;
• Physical development; and
• Personal, social and emotional development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
• Understanding the world; and
• Expressive arts and design.
Communication and Language
Children need varied opportunities to interact and communicate with others and to use a wide variety of resources for expressing their understanding, including mark making, drawing, modelling.
This includes opportunities to develop and practice their fine and gross motor skills and to increase their understanding of how their bodies work and what they need to do to be healthy and safe.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children are encouraged to develop a positive sense of themselves and others. We promote an inclusive ethos and provide opportunities for each child to become a valued member of the group and community so that a strong self-image and self-esteem are established
Children are encouraged to share and look at books from the very earliest opportunity. Throughout the day children join in with group story time, rhymes and singing preparing them for “listening time” in the Sapling Unit where children are started on their journey to reading in small groups; progressing from sound discrimination to “Jolly Phonics” as their understanding develops. Children’s early writing is celebrated and encouraged with many children able to correctly write their names and other words when they leave.
Children’s mathematical development occurs as they seek patterns, make connections and recognise relationships through finding out about and working with numbers and counting, with sorting and matching and with shape, space and measures.
Understanding of the World
This provides opportunities to make sense of the world, make decisions, experiment, predict, plan and question in a variety of contexts and to explore and find out about their environment and people and places that have significance in their lives.
Expressive Arts and Design
Children explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of art, design and technology, music, movement, dance and imaginative and role play activities.