Every child deserves the best possible start in life and to support and fulfill their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the framework that provides that assurance.
A core feature of the EYFS is to encourage children to learn through play.
Play is vital for children. It is through play that babies and young children learn through experiences and opportunities about the world around them enabling them to grow and have fun!
What are the 6 areas of learning that supports children’s development in the EYFS?
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Our children learn how to look after themselves, to help others and to take care of the environment. They often work individually, developing concentration and character, but at the same time form a united whole – “a cohesive society”. The children also work in small and large groups and develop relationships with other children and adults. Through activities, conversation and example they learn how to express their own emotions and to respect for the feelings of others.
Communication, Language and Literacy
Our children are encouraged to communicate effectively, with adults and other children, in a variety of individual, small and large group situations. They are helped to extend their vocabulary through stories, rhymes, songs, role play and the use of educational materials. Books, both fiction and reference, are freely available for the children to explore and at the appropriate time in their development they are taught the sounds of the letters of the alphabet. A wide range of language materials are available to enable the children to learn to read and write at their own pace within a carefully planned phonetic scheme.
Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
With the use of various sensorial and mathematical materials our children are helped to develop a true understanding of the concepts of shape, size and number. They learn how to sort, match, order, sequence, count and recognize numerals. In the pre-school classes children may learn simple rules of mathematical operations, e.g. addition and subtraction. Early weighing and measuring activities are also enjoyed.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Children have a natural concern for all living things and delight in looking after plants and animals. We have a wide variety of pictures, puzzles and books to stimulate the children’s interest and help to organize their sensorial impressions of the world around them. Also we encourage our children to take care of the garden, where they plant seeds and observe the growth of the plants. We familiarize children with the structure of the family, teach them about seasons. Our children are also encouraged to explore simple science such as: magnetism, light, magnification, water and sand.
Our children develop confidence and enjoyment in the use and development of their own body skills. They move around the classrooms freely and learn to control their own movements as they carry their materials and respect other children’s work. Group sports lessons allow the children to practice balancing, throwing, catching, climbing, sliding jumping etc. The physical activities also encourage the development and refinement of large and fine motor skills in preparation for using pens, pencils and other tools and materials.
Wide range of resources are available for children to express themselves in the form of:
• Art work – Creating pictures, collages and models and using cutting, folding, painting and sticking skills.
• Drama – Using puppets, songs, rhymes and stories
• Music – Instruments, taped music and singing
• Play – Using sand, water, toys and role play
• Story telling – Verbally and using pictures and words
We provide children of all ages and abilities with the resources and opportunities to learn through play which incorporates these areas of development in different ways. At Honeypot Nursery School you can be confident that your child will be safe and cared for during their time with us