Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered helps to continue to do this by providing the children with interesting activities that are right for their age and stage of development. All children are provided a curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage of Education. This Curriculum is set out in a statutory document, published by the Department for Education and Skills, and called The Early Years Foundation Stage. The Pre-school works to the guidance which divides children's learning and development into six areas:
For each area, the guidance sets out stages of development. These stages state what it is expected that children will know and be able to do by the end of the foundation of their education up to 60 months approximately.
For each stage there is an overlap into the next stage of development. We use these stages to trace each child's progress, and to enable the provision of the right activities to help children move through the Foundation stage.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development Children are provided with experiences and support to help them to:
Communication, Language and Literacy Children's learning and competence in communications, speaking and listening, being read to and beginning to read and write is supported and extended;
Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
Children are supported in developing their understanding of problem solving, reasoning and numeracy in a range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practice and talk about their developing understanding;
Knowledge and Understanding of the World Children are supported in developing their knowledge, skills and understanding that helps them make sense of the world;
Physical Development Physical development is encouraged through opportunities to be active and interactive and to improve the child's skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement;
Creative Development Children are supported in their curiosity for being creative;