The Pre-school curriculum covers the seven areas of learning;
- Personal, Social and Emotional
- Communication, and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Integral to these areas and overriding principles are the four themes of the EYFS. These are;
- A Unique child
- Positive Relations
- Enabling Environments
- Learning and development
These are the Key areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The EYFS encompasses a child’s development from birth to the end of the Reception Year (that is the academic year within your child will be 5 years).
The seven areas of learning
Personal, social and Emotional Development
We welcome and encourage every child as an individual and treat him/her with respect and courtesy (see staff and student code of conduct).The children respond by becoming confident and self-assured. We encourage the children to work independently as well as one to one, in small groups and with the group as a whole. The staff encourage good behaviour and any minor transgressions are quickly and quietly dealt with. Older children are encouraged to help younger ones. The children are expected to help tidy away, show respect and care for the equipment and use it correctly
Communication and language
We try to encourage the development of the children’s listening skills, to listen to stories in small groups appropriate to the stage of the child. We introduce new words into their vocabulary through themes and create a rich print environment. More able children are given the opportunity to take part in one to one activity sheets. Writing equipment, such as pencils and crayons, and materials are always available.
We make sure that the children play outside every day, weather permitting. We do ask that parents provide wellington boots for their children which should be left on the ‘welly trolley’, along with a coat, hat and gloves on colder days or a sunhat on the warmer days. We have a wide range of equipment for the garden including bikes, trampette, footballs, egg and spoons, hula hoops, bats and balls. We have a climbing frame with a slide which is used inside or outside depending on the weather. Dancing and obstacle courses are set up inside for wet days. We have themes around healthy eating and ‘What’s good for us’. We also use lots of cutting activities, puzzles and sewing to promote the children’s fine motor skills.
There are many opportunities for the children to develop their mathematical skills throughout the range of activities we provide. Singing and repeating number rhymes, counting cups at snack time, playing social games, encouraging mathematical language during role play, sand, water and construction play.
Knowledge and understanding of the World
We try to provide a wide range of activities to increase the children’s knowledge and understanding of the world. We encourage the children to talk about their families and past and present events in their lives. We provide activities to develop the children’s knowledge about different cultures and celebrations; this is often included in the theme ‘Around the World’. Information regarding all themes is put on the notice board and included in a start of term letter.
The children are given the opportunity to work with natural materials and to grow plants in our garden and watch seeds develop. The group welcomes items from home for your child to share with others at story time. The children start to use technology, such as an IPad, remote control cars and Beebots, to support their learning skills. Sand, lentils, water and other mediums in various forms are provided.
We provide a very wide and varied range of materials to promote creativity. Painting, sticking, cutting, model making are offered in various forms.
Small world, construction toys and various role play areas are catered for on a daily basis.
Is my child learning and developing?
The children are monitored and their learning journals updated. Within the first 4 weeks of your child starting, the key person will complete a starting point assessment. This is so that the key person can start to provide activities and support for your child from the time they start with us. If your child joins us before their 3rd birthday, we will also complete (in line with the Health Visitors Check), a Progress at 2 years check. This is a requirement of the EYFS so that we can see if your child is developing. We have Parent consultation mornings in the Autumn and Summer terms with stay and play sessions in the spring term. These are good opportunities for parents to see their child’s learning journeys and chat with your key person, but parents are welcome to come in anytime to have a look. We welcome parents contributions to keep us up to date with their child’s achievements especially those we may not see during a session e.g. toilet training, singing a nursery rhyme, learning a new skill or helping others e.g. jobs at home.
From our monitoring we are able to plan for the individual child’s needs by encouraging them to take part in activities to gain skills they have not yet acquired. We provide opportunities for children to take part in many different activites to support their learning and development.
If the child’s key person feels there is cause for concern regarding a child’s progress, they will seek advice from the parents and work with the parents to ensure the best outcome for the child. At Jack in the Box we have an open door policy for parents to come and talk with the child’s key person. Confidentiality is always adhered to.