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.” Free 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. 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:
|Personal, Social and Emotional Development||Your child will learn how to make and develop relationships with adults and other children. They will build on growing self-confidence and self-awareness.|
|Communication and Language||The day is structured in a way that your child will learn to listen to others and pay attention every day. They will learn how to follow instructions involving several ideas or actions and ask and answer questions.|
|Physical Development||Your child will work on movement in various ways through dance, games and exercise. They will develop skills in using tools such as pencils, scissors and cutlery. At Little Engineers we encourage children to grow in independence in terms of health and self care such as washing hands before meals and putting and taking off and putting on their coats and shoes.|
|Understanding of the world||Little Engineers explores and celebrates different cultures and festivals throughout the year. Your children will learn about different people and communities assisting in allowing them to understand the world around them.|
|Mathematics||The activities we do throughout the day will focus on an aliment of mathematics. Your child will learn the basics of numbers, shapes, space and measure. Your child will learn to count and be more confident in recognising the different numbers.|
|Expressive Art and Design||Little Engineers encourages imagination and self expression, and will have lots of opportunities to explore different materials and media to use their imagination to develop creations. We have circle time where we are able to sing songs, make music, dance and learn about the focus letter, shape, sound and number.|
|Literacy||Little Engineers Nursery has a book corner where the children can freely chose a book for the key worker to read. We teach phonics and have a focus sound as well as encourage initial writing.|