LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
At Angels Nursery we plan activities and opportunities for your children to explore based on their current interests and development stage. We use ‘next steps’ for each individual child to be able to progress through the seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
We strongly believe in children learning through play and our skilled practitioners are on hand to share and enhance their learning experiences.
The EYFS covers the Learning, Development and Welfare of children from birth to five, as set out by The Department for Education.
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The Four Guiding Principles of the EYFS that shape our practice are:
A Unique Child
Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and /or a key person.
The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning.
Learning and Development
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.
The EYFS comprises 7 Areas of Learning and Development.
All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. The three Prime areas work together and move through to support the specific areas of development. The Prime areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
Specific areas include crucial skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully later on in their life.
such a positive impact on the early years of our daughter’s life
Our daughter has been at Angels Nursery for 2 days a week since she was 9 months old and will be starting school in September; Angels Nursery has therefore played a huge role in her life. We greatly value the unique and varied experiences the nursery is able to provide and the valuable skills they have helped develop and nurture in our daughter. The benefits her time at Angels Nursery has provided, and will continue to provide after she has moved onto school, are immeasurable. Our daughter has made great friends at Angels among the other children as well as the staff but, perhaps most importantly of all, she has enjoyed every single day of her time at Angels Nursery. Thank you to everyone at Angels Nursery who has had such a positive impact on the early years of our daughter’s life.
These three areas, the Prime Areas are:
Communication and Language
Development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children are helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, Social & Emotional Development
Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others. To develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Children are also supported in four Specific Areas, through which the three Prime Areas are strengthened and applied.
These Specific Areas are:
Development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest, such as books, poems and other written materials.
Involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.
Understanding the World
Involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design
Involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.
Characteristics of Effective Learning:
Characteristics of effective learning are used by practitioners to observe the ways that children engage with each other, other people and their environment. They look at the way in which children learn.
Playing and exploring
Through engagement, children are able to find and explore what they know and begin to try out things themselves.
Having motivation encourages children to become involved, concentrating on what they are doing and enjoy achieving what they have set out to do.
Creating and thinking critically
Children are encouraged to think for themselves, allowing them to have their own ideas and choose ways in which to do things.
At Angels the practitioners carry out two assessments per year on each child. This is an overview of their development between each report. This is shared with the parent.
Every child between the age of 2 years and 2 years 6 months will have a two-year check completed which will be shared with the parent. This report is also shared via the parent with the child’s health visitor.