Areas of Learning

The provision for your child's development and learning is guided by The Early Years Foundation Stage.

There are seven areas of learning and development that shape the educational programme in our setting. All areas of learning and development are considered important and must inter- connect. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting childrens' curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These are called the 'prime' areas:

There are a further four 'specific' areas through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. These areas are:

Educational programmes will involve activities and experiences for children as follows:

Communication and language development involves giving children the opportunity to experience a rich language environment to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development involves providing the opportunity for young children to be active and interactive and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others, to form positive relationships and develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings, to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

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.

We offer a wide range of activities, some adult led and some child initiated, which stimulate the children and help them develop in all these areas.

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