At Woodlands we believe that:-
- Children learn through first hand experiences with the emphasis on play, exploring and investigation. These practical experiences must be motivating, stimulating, challenging, enjoyable and inspiring.
- We recognise each child is an individual and therefore plan specific activities for your child to help them progress through the EYFS.
- A balance needs to be maintained betwen child-initiated and adult-directed activities.
- Parents are their childrens first educators and should be involved as “partners” in their child’s education.
- It is important to create an enabling environment where purposeful play can take place both indoors and outdoors.
- The planned curriculum is predominantly child led taking into account children preferences and next steps in learning.
- Adults are warm and affectionate, praising effort and achievement.
- We provide flexible routines enabling prolonged play and high levels of involvement.
- We encourage children to be responsible for their own actions, negotiate conflict and rules where possible.
Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfill their potential. A child’s experiences in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances.
The principles that guide the work of all Early Years practitioners are grouped into 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 a key person.
- Enabling Environments – the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending childrens developmet and learning
- Learning and Development – Children develop and learn in different ways and at a different pace. All areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
Within “Learning and Development” there are seven areas, these are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional: Making relationships, Self confidence and self-awareness and Managing feelings and behaviour.
- Physical development: Moving and handling, Health and self-care
- Communication and language: Listening and attention, Understanding and speaking.
- Literacy: Reading and writing
- Mathematics: Numbers and Shape, space and measure.
- Understanding the world: People and communities, The world and Technology
- Expressive arts and design: Exploring and using media and materials and Being imaginative.
These seven areas help staff to plan the learning environment, activities and experiences which provide a frame work for the Early Years Curriculum. During your child’s time at Woodlands, your child will progress through the EYFS curriculum moving towards the early learning goals. These goals establish expectations for most children to reach by the end of Reception year at school.
Staff also use the characteristics of effective learning when planning and observing children. These support children's learning across all seven areas.
Characteristics of effective learning:
- Playing and exploring
- Active learning
- Creating and thinking critically