Early Learning Curriculum
Reaching full potential through a variety of activities
With our Key Worker system we can ensure a planned curriculum tailored to the needs of your child. The children are encouraged to their full potential at their own pace, through a variety of activities.
During your child time with us and whilst in the reception years at school (aged 2 – 6 yrs) they will progress along six areas of learning found in the Foundation Stage Curriculum known as the early learning goals. Below is an overview of these six areas.
Foundation Stage Curriculum
Children become confident, show appropriate self-respect and become able to establish effective relationships with other children, and with adults.
They become eager to explore new learning and become able to initiate ideas and to solve simple practical problems. They start to demonstrate independence in selecting activities, in dressing themselves, and in personal hygiene. Children are encouraged to share and take turns, an understanding of right and wrong is established, and they will start to become sensitive to the needs of others
Children are able to talk about where they live, and with whom, as well as the environment and events in their lives – both past and present.
They explore and recognise features of events and objects around them, both natural and man made. They are able to select material and equipment to assist in the exploration and understanding of the world.
Children begin to use a widening range of materials, tools, instruments and other resources to help communicate and express ideas and feelings in a creative way.
They respond in a variety of ways to what they see, hear, smell, touch and feel, through art, music, dance, stories and imaginative play.they become familiar with number rhymes, songs, stories as well as counting games and activities. They learn to compare, sort, match, order and sequence using everyday objects.
Children listen attentively and talk about their experiences.
They use a growing vocabulary to talk about and express their thoughts and needs to the listener. They listen and respond to stories, songs, nursery rhymes and poems. Take part in role play with increasing confidence. Learn how to handle books and enjoy them, understanding how a book is organised and that the pictures in them have a meaning. They also recognise their own name.
Children move confidently and imaginatively with increasing control and co-ordination and an awareness of space, and others around them.
They use a range of small and large equipment as well as balancing and climbing apparatus, with increasing skill. They handle appropriate tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control.
A record is kept on your child’s development whilst they are with us. Parents have open access the files on their own children, but not to others.
We welcome any contributions that you wish to make and will ensure that there are opportunities for you to talk to relevant members of staff / key workers about your child’s development. We will endeavour to provide and promote an environment that encourages open (but confidential) communication between parents and staff members.