Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by Twiggs Lane Pre-school helps children to continue to learn by providing all the children with interesting activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development.
In September 2012 revised guidelines for the Early Years Foundation Stage came into force for children from birth to five years old. This guidance includes principles which guide the work of all early years’ practitioners. These principles are grouped in four themes:
- A Unique Child – Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
- Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or pre-school staff
- Enabling Environments – The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning
- Learning and Development – Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates; all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected
The guidance also divides children’s learning and development into three prime areas and four specific areas:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
For each area, the guidance sets out achievable statements. These statements set out what is expected that children will know and be able to achieve by the end of reception year of their education at infant school. If you would like further information, please speak to a member of staff who will be happy to show you a copy of the ‘Development Matters Early Years Foundation Stage’.
During the children’s time at Twiggs Lane Pre-school the emphasis is ‘learning through play’. Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children think. Pre-school uses the guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage to plan and provide a range of play activities to help children progress.
Staff members meet at regular times to implement planning to enhance children’s learning; this is based upon the children’s interests and next steps which are ascertained through observations.
Play underpins all the development and learning for young children. Most children play spontaneously, although some may need adult support, and it’s through play that they develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.
Play secures the delivery of all the Early Years Foundation Stage and states that children must have opportunities to play indoors and outdoors and that all the early years providers must have access to an outdoor area which the children can benefit from. At Twiggs Lane Pre-school children are given access to the outdoors as much as possible.
Learning through play
Every Twiggs Lane Pre-school session is characterised by the ability of children to move freely between activities.
With the support of friendly adults, in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, children in pre-school have the opportunity to:
- Enjoy imaginative and creative activities such as painting, drawing, sticking and collage, dressing up and role play
- Share the companionship of other children
- Practice language skills through stories, songs and role play and encouraged to talk about important experiences
- Extend their physical skills and muscle control by moulding dough, moving to musical rhymes (action songs) playing with construction toys and puzzles and playing outdoors under supervision
- Develop the beginning of scientific and mathematical understanding through play by experimenting with sand and dough, beads, pegboards, games and puzzles, creating sounds and making musical instruments
- Respond to books, stories and music
- Accept the discipline of a group and the authority of adults other than their parents and/or carers
A refreshment break is provided during each session where milk or water and a healthy snack with be provided to each child. Children are encouraged to visit the toilet throughout the session; these visits are supervised at all times.