Children’s Learning and Development
As a provider, registered with OFSTED, we understand the importance of delivering a full and varied framework to support the Early Years Foundation Stage.
It is our commitment to provide children with activities and experiences to ensure that every child receives an enjoyable and challenging learning and development experience. It is our intention to provide a well-planned and resourced framework to take their learning forward and to provide opportunities for all children to succeed in an atmosphere of care and of feeling valued.
We understand the importance of monitoring each child’s progress throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage to ensure that they are making progress and that any particular difficulties in any of the six areas of learning (whatever the cause), are identified and addressed.
We appreciate that children will have had a wealth of experiences before they attend the Nursery School and understand the need to consult with parents and listen to their account of their child’s development and any concerns which they may already have.
We appreciate that there will be a small number of children in the Early Years Foundation Stage who have special educational needs or disabilities that will require specific provision, such as specialist teaching, adapted equipment or support from an adult for particular activities. It is important that these children are identified as soon as possible and appropriate support provided. Other children may be more able and need activities that offer an appropriate challenge. Monitoring of each child’s progress throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage will also ensure that their achievements can be celebrated.
We aim to ensure that each child:
1. Is in a safe and stimulating environment
2. Is given generous care and attention, because of our ratio of qualified staff to children, as well as volunteer parent helpers
3. Has the chance to join with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn together.
EYFS key themes and commitments
Our Nursery School reflects the four key themes and 16 commitments of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
How we provide for development and learning
Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by our Nursery School helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development.
All children, irrespective of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties or disabilities, gender or ability should have the opportunity to experience a challenging and enjoyable programme of learning and development.
For each area, the practice guidance sets out the Early Learning Goals. These goals state what it is expected that children will know and be able to do by the end of the reception year of their education.
The practice guidance also sets out in ‘Development Matters’ the likely stages of progress a child makes along their learning journey towards the early learning goals. Our Nursery School has regard to these matters when we assess children and plan for their learning within the following areas:
1. Personal, social and emotional development
2. Communication, language and literacy
3. Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy
4. Knowledge and understanding of the world
5. Physical development
6. Creative development