3. Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
That children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
The Preschool Curriculum
The EYFS curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning and development, which are:
1. Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities 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.
2. Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
4. Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
5. 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.
Preschool, like all other child care settings, follow the guidance of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to enable us to observe, assess and plan activities for the children in our care. Through these playful activities, we aim to enhance their learning and development and help them to achieve their potential. More information on the learning outcomes for children can be found here.
6. 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.
7. 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.
(EYFS Statutory Framework, 1.6)
As an Early Years setting, we also pay attention to the four overarching princinples of the EYFS that guide our provision. These are:
That every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
That children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers;
That children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.
The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
(EYFS Statutory Framework, Introduction, Section VI)
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