learning & development

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We believe that children learn through play, through enjoyment of what they are doing and through interaction with caring, supportive adults.  We provide a wide range of stimulating, appropriate activities and experiences, both inside and out, which the children enjoy and which are based on the concept of learning through play.

Children's care, learning and development is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework.  This is a framework for all OFSTED registered early years' settings, for children from birth to five years. 

In line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) we support children’s learning and development in the three prime areas of learning:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
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and the 4 specific areas of learning:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

For more information on the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework please visit www.direct.gov.uk/eyfs

Observations and Developmental Records

Your child's Key Person regularly observes your child to help them to monitor their progress and ensure that the activities we provide meet their individual needs and help them to progress. 

Your child's Key Person will be responsible for keeping developmental records, which also helps them to monitor your child's progress.  These records are shared with you and are available for you to see at any time.

These records are also used to provide information for your child's transition record when they move to a new setting or on to school.

We provide you with a written summary of your child's developmental progress throughout their time with us.

In addition, as part of the EYFS, we are required to provide you with a written summary of your child's progress between the ages of 24 months and 36 months.  This check will detail your child's development in three prime areas, which are: 

  • Physical,
  • Communication and language
  • Personal, social and emotional. 

It will also tell you how we are helping to support your child's development.  This document can be shared with your health visitor to help give them a full picture of your child's progress when they carry out your child's Healthy Child Developmental Review.