Our Passion for Learning
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) underpins the welfare requirements as well as the learning and development for children from birth to five. The EYFS is based on four key principles:
- A Unique Child- Children develop at different rates, have different interests and come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and families.
- Positive relationships- Respectful and caring interactions are the basis of emotional security which supports learning.
- Enabling environments- Children need time, space and materials to play, investigate and explore.
- Learning and development- Experiences offer stimulating opportunities to explore, be active and think creatively.
At Little Engineers, we promote all four key principles by enforcing our policies and procedures, plan accordingly to meet each child’s needs, offer a key person system for stable and strong emotional support, and celebrate culture, festivals and religion.
In the Early Years, we learn through play. Some parents may not understand what we mean by this, but play is a child’s vehicle to learning. The Play Therapy Organisation defines play as 'A physical or mental leisure activity that is undertaken purely for enjoyment or amusement and has no other objective'. As practitioners, we can see that there are many different types of play that your child may display.
Each type of play carries individual benefits and support different areas of learning. Play England states many benefits of play such as children being able to “explore materials and discover their properties, use their knowledge of materials to play imaginatively, express their emotions and reveal their feelings and come to terms with traumatic experiences.” 4 Play allows children to explore their dislikes and likes as well as their peers, giving them a chance to socialise with others around them.
All children living within the UK have a right to play. Every Child Matters came into force under the Children Act 2004. This set out five principles, these are to be healthy, safe, enjoy and achieve, to make positive contributions and economic well-being. These aims can be accomplished and achieved through play. This framework stresses the importance of play on the development of the child.
Being healthy for children can be perceived in different ways for example, being fit, emotional, mental and physical state. At Little Engineers, we encourage children to be healthy by providing them with regular indoor and outdoor activities so that they can exercise.
When children play, it provides practitioners with a variety of vital information about the child, such as finding out a child’s interests, habits, patterns, special needs and concerns. This then helps us to plan for their development and learning.
We monitor all children according to the EYFS development matters. Allowing the practitioner to have an idea of where a child should be according to their age and stage. If a child is not where they should be, we consider that every child is unique and they do develop at their own pace. In spotting these areas for progress, we plan for the child’s next step and work on giving your child the best support through rich learning experiences based upon their likes and interests.
Continuous provision here at Little Engineers provides your child with the opportunity to make their own choices and decisions. We do this by allowing your child to access what they would like to play with. This will then help children to initiate their own play, become independent and develop their own ideas.
When planning for children in early years we consider the seven areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding of the world
- Expressive Art and Design
This is done so that the activities promote experiences that encourage each child to progress in each area of development in the early year’s framework.