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Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. (P 5, Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, 2017).
Areas of Learning and
There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are: communication and language, physical development, and personal, social and emotional development. Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are literacy, mathematics, understanding the world; and expressive arts and design. Educational programmes must involve activities and experiences for children, as follows:
Personal, social and 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
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
The above is taken from (P 7-8, Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation
Complimenting the curriculum we offer additional focus on the areas below:
We are passionate about outside play and believe that it is important for children to connect with their environment at every level allowing them to engage at a sensory and intellectual level, consolidate their fine and gross motor skills, and allow for experimentation balancing child led, child initiated and adult led activities. The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals, of any age, to enjoy the opportunities offered by natural play, through positive outdoor experiences. By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment each participant has an opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation, balanced emotional and social skills. These, through self awareness, can be developed to help reach personal potential.
Music is a great learning tool for children, especially from a young age. Many people forget that listening to music can begin in the womb, playing music to babies who are not yet born can help them later on in life. Being around music is important for children as this can help many areas of their development. At nursery singing songs and listening to music should be part of the everyday routine. Music can be used for many different purposes such as calming and soothing children or playing lively up beat music to allow them to freely move and express themselves. How music is used is important and this should be communicated with parents as they can continue this path of learning at home. Providing children with these learning opportunities will help them develop not only their language development but also their creativity, physical skills and their personal and social development. You could almost say that music helps all areas of children’s development. As children hear music from an early age it helps them learn sounds and the meanings of words. Moving to music helps develop those gross and fine motor skills and music can strengthen children’s memory skills.
Physical Dvelopment - Active Start
"Helping the Early Years Sector and parents to support young children aged 0-7 years to be active and develop proficient literacy skills".
Active start is a physical activity programme for young children. Mighty Oaks Little Acorns took part in a six week programme, staff also received training.
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