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.

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.

At Twiggs Lane Pre-School we use the Early Years Foundation Stage Guidance 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:

Prime areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

Specific areas:

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

Also the Early Years Foundation Stage looks at Characteristics of Effective Learning. The characteristics of effective teaching and learning are identified in the EYFS as:

  • Playing and Exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
  • Active Learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
  • Creating and Thinking Critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things

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