Our aim is to ensure that each child:
is in a safe and stimulating environment;
is given generous care and attention, because of our ratio of qualified staff to child;
has the chance to join in with other children and adults to play, work and learn together;
is helped to take forward her/his learning and development by being helped to build on what she/he already knows and can do;
has a personal key person who makes sure each child makes good progress.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
Provision for the development and learning of children from birth to 5 years is guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage. Our provision reflects the four overarching principles of the Statutory Framework:
A Unique Child
Every child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners, parents and carers.
Learning and Development
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
The Areas of Development and Learning Comprise:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design.
Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by our setting helps children to continue to do this by providing all of the children with activities and challenges that are appropriate for their age and stage of development.
Learning through Play
Being active and playing supports young children's learning and development through doing and talking. This is how children learn to think about and understand the world around them. We use the EYFS statutory guidance on educational programmes to plan and provide opportunities and provocations which will help children to make progress in all areas of learning.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
We understand that all children engage with other people in their environment through the characteristics of learning that are described in the EYFS as:
Engagement - Playing & Exploring
Motivation - Active Learning
Thinking - Creating & Thinking Critically
We aim to provide for the Characteristics of Effective Learning by observing how a child is learning and being clear about what we can do and provide in order to support each child to remain and effective and motivated learner.
We assess how young children are learning and developing by observing them frequently. We use information that we gain from observations of the children to document their progress and where this may be leading them. We believe that parents know their children best and will ask you to contribute to assessment by sharing information about what your child likes to do at home and how you as parents are supporting development.
We make periodic assessment summaries of the children's achievements based on our on-going development records. these for part of children's record of achievement. We undertake these assessment summaries at regular intervals, as well as times of transition, such as when a child moves to a different group or when they go to school.