The Early Years Foundation Stage offers a flexible approach to care and learning. Children learn through play supported when needed by trained practitioners. The EYFS gives a clear indication of the importance of play:
“Play underpins all development and learning for young children. In their play children learn at the highest level.”
The Early Years Foundation Stage is a distinct stage with its own curriculum and is part of a recognised learning process which starts at birth. The Foundation Curriculum consists of seven areas of learning based on a child’s development. This curriculum continues until the end of the reception year. The Catkins class teacher works very closely with the Pre-School group and advises the staff on all aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
Each week, the staff will plan various activities, usually based around a specific theme. During a typical session, children will have access to a range of child-led and adult-led learning opportunities.
During both morning and afternoon sessions children have the opportunity to flow between the indoor and outdoor environment where a variety of activities will be set out for them. These will include:
- Construction on a large and small scale
- Role play
- Mark making
- Exploring the natural world
- Free movement and music
- Sand and water play
- Creative play
- Sensory play
- Quiet, rest and book areas
The start and end of sessions tend to see all the children coming together. Activities include singing, news sharing, stories and circle time activities.
During the session, we also encourage children to become more independent through helping with simple tasks, eg. tidying away, serving fruit and biscuits, pouring milk or water and washing their cups and plates.
At break time the children enjoy a healthy snack of fruit and/or vegetables and a drink. Children are encouraged to bring a piece of fruit or a vegetable to share with the group. We offer and encourage children to drink milk or water. If your child will not drink either of these please talk to the Supervisor.