Our dedicated Early Years team will provide a happy, caring, secure learning environment where children flourish. Our ethos is fundamental to our daily practice, with prayer, love and forgiveness at the heart.
We believe that young children should have access to learning experiences which are appropriate to their intellectual, social, physical and emotional needs. Individuals will be encouraged to progress at a pace most suited to them. Children will work towards developing self discipline, self esteem and self confidence in a caring and secure environment. Children will be encouraged to share and develop an awareness of the needs of others. This will act as a sound basis for creating successful and independent learners.
We will promote a strong partnership with parents and carers to meet the needs of both the children in our care and their families. Parents will be invited to specific events such as 'Play and Stay' sessions, sports day, Christmas productions, parents' and grandparents' lunches as well as have opportunities throughout the year to drop in informally and for more formal events such as parents' evenings. Parents and other care facilities will be asked to support us so that we can work together to develop each unique, individual child.
Our management of the Early Years curriculum will be an integrated approach and use high quality play as a means of enabling children to have rich and varied hands on experiences as well as teacher led and child initiated activities. Children will be given time and the opportunity for talking, listening, thinking, feeling and asking questions. Observing, investigating, experimenting and hypothesising are vital means of extending a child’s knowledge.
Although the subjects in the curriculum are described separately for example communication, language and literacy, they are in fact integrated either through a theme reflected in the various activities or within the activities themselves.
The Early Years Foundation Stage lays out requirements for the education and care of our 3-5year olds and outlines Early Learning Goals for each area of learning. There are seven areas of learning and development which shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. All seven areas of learning will be reflected both indoors and outside the classroom.
The three prime areas of learning are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
These three areas, the prime areas, are:
• Communication and Language
• Physical Development
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
There are four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
• Understanding the World
• Expressive Arts and Design