We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) (DfE, 2017) framework. This provides guidance for practitioners to support children’s learning and development.
The EYFS identifies three characteristics of effective teaching and learning: Playing and exploring, Active learning and Creating and thinking critically. These are ways in which children engage with others and their environment, and underpin each child’s learning. This mixture of play and active learning is what makes our Childcare Centre outstanding.
The EYFS is organised into seven areas of learning and development. Each area is important and interconnected. Three areas are particularly vital for awakening children’s curiosity and eagerness to learn, and for building their ability to learn, develop relationships and flourish. These are the three prime areas of learning.
Communication and Language
Communicating and interacting with others helps children to build social relationships which provide opportunities for friendship, empathy and sharing emotions. Children are encouraged to listen to each others views and share ideas together.
The ability to communicate helps children to participate more fully in society. All children learn best through activities that engage the senses.
Music, dance, rhymes and songs play a key role in language development, and here at Casterton they will have ample opportunity to enjoy all these language rich activities.
Children learn by being active and Physical Development takes place across all areas of Learning and Development. PD helps children gain confidence in what they can do. It enables children to feel the positive benefits of being healthy and active. and it also helps children to develop a positive sense of well-being. Good health in the early years helps to safeguard health and well-being throughout life. It is important that children develop healthy habits when they first learn about food and activity, and that is why physical development is given plenty of attention here at Casterton Childcare Centre. Alongside developing a healthy attitude, PD is about enabling the children to engage in fine motor activities, helping them to increase their hand-eye coordination and develop skills to help them to write in the future.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Being acknowledged by important people leads to children gaining confidence and inner strength through secure attachments. Exploration within close relationships leads to the growth of self-assurance, promoting a sense of belonging which allows children to explore the world from a secure base. Children have good role models to set a good example, teaching them to respect others views and ideas, care for each other and share and to give them opportunities to interact with others so that they can develop positive ideas about themselves. Children who are encouraged to feel free to express their ideas and their feelings can develop strategies to cope with new, challenging or stressful situations.
The prime areas build the foundations for effective learning in the other specific areas. There will be more emphasis on an equal partnership between all areas of learning as children’s confidence and ability increases.
As children develop speaking and listening skills they build the foundations for literacy, for making sense of visual and verbal signs and ultimately for reading and writing. Children need lots of opportunities to interact with others as they develop these skills, and to use a wide variety of resources for expressing their understanding, including mark making, drawing, modelling, reading and writing.
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.
Children use their knowledge and skills in these areas to solve problems, generate new questions and make connections across others areas of learning and development.
Understanding the World
Children find out about the world through a variety of sources, including their families and friends, the media, and through what they see and hear. Children need regular opportunities to learn about different ways of life, to be given accurate information and to develop positive and caring attitudes towards others. Children should be helped to learn to respect and value all people and learn to avoid misapprehensions and negative attitudes towards others. Children also have opportunities to learn about technology, how and why things work.
Expressive Arts and Design
Creativity is about taking risks and making connections and is strongly linked to play. Creativity emerges as children become absorbed in action and exploration of their own ideas, expressing themselves though movement, making and transforming things using media and materials. Creativity also allows children to initiate their own learning. Children respond to what they see, hear and experience through their senses. Each child is an individual and the way they represent their experiences is unique and valuable. Being expressive enables children to explore many processes, media and materials and to make new things emerge as a result.
Special Education Needs and Disabilities
Here at Casterton we promote an atmosphere of encouragement, acceptance and respect for all achievements. We are sensitive to all individual needs and develop a climate of warmth and support to help the children's self-confidence and self-esteem grow.
Please read of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer, setting out ways in which we can support your child's needs