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Providing nurseries and childcare in Brighton and Hove since 1986

Learning and Development

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Learning and Development

There are seven areas of learning and development that shape the educational programmes in our nursery. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three prime areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:

  • communication and language;
  • physical development;and
  • personal, social and emotional development.

When working with the youngest children we focus strongly on the three prime areas, which are the basis for successful learning. These areas reflect the key skills and capacities all children need to develop and learn effectively.

As children grow in confidence and ability within the three prime areas we look to support their learning in four additional areas. These specific areas are:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world; and
  • expressive arts and design.
Please remember that the Early Years Foundation Stage is from birth to five years old so this includes all the time a child is at their nursery setting plus the first year at school (reception class). The areas are explained briefly below. They have been organised as bullet points to make this part of the handbook easy to read.

Communication and Language

(Three aspects: Listening and attention, Understanding and Speaking)

This area of learning;

  • encourages your child to communicate his/her thoughts, views and feelings through warm and loving relationships with people s/he trust.
  • helps your child to develop speaking and listening skills that build the foundations for reading and writing.
  • encourages your child to build up relationships with adults and other children.
  • gives opportunities for your child to share and enjoy rhymes, songs, poetry, stories and non-fiction books.
  • will help your child to learn through music, dance, rhymes and songs which support language development.
  • helps your child to develop good listening skills and to give attention to what others say.
  • encourages your child to ask questions.
  • encourages your child to answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions.
  • helps your child follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.
  • encourages your child to use the past, present and future forms of language accurately.
  • helps your child to understand how stories work and to develop their own
  • gives opportunities for your child to link language with physical movement in action songs and rhymes.

Physical Development

(Two aspects: Moving and handling, Health and self-care)

This area of learning;

  • supports your child’s healthy development.
  • supports your child to develop a positive sense of well-being.
  • develops your child’s ability to move with confidence, imagination and in safety.
  • encourages your child to move with control and co-ordination.
  • provides opportunities for your child to use a range of large and small equipment.
  • helps your child to develop an awareness of space around themselves and others.
  • encourages your child to recognise the importance of keeping healthy and to develop healthy eating habits by learning about food and activity.
  • encourages your child to develop the practical skills needed to dress/undress, eat skilfully and have personal independence in the bathroom.
  • provides opportunities for your child to develop safe use of a range of tools including pencils for writing.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

(Three aspects: Self-confidence and self-awareness, Managing feelings and behaviour and Making relationships)

This area of learning;

  • helps you child to gain confidence through secure attachments with special people.
  • helps your child to express their ideas, thoughts and feelings.
  • is about making your child feel safe and secure by promoting a sense of belonging.
  • encourages your child to be interested and motivated to learn and to say when they do or don’t need help.
  • encourages your child to be independent, to make decisions and choices for themselves.
  • encourages your child to interact with other children and adults and build social skills.
  • helps your child make good relationships with other children and adults showing sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings.
  • prepares your child for new experiences.
  • encourages children to be part of a group and to play co-operatively, taking turns with others.
  • helps your child to develop a positive sense of him/herself and others, through adults acting as good role models.
  • helps your child develop an understanding of what is right or wrong.
  • helps your child to develop respect for others and for him/herself.

Literacy

(Two aspects: Reading and Writing)

This area of learning;

  • will ignite your child’s interest in books, poems and other written material.
  • helps your child to develop recognition of letter shapes and words.
  • encourages your child to link sounds and letters.
  • helps you child read some words and simple sentences aloud and to show understanding when talking to others about what they have read.
  • helps your child to develop hand-eye co-ordination and pencil control skills.
  • encourages your child to mark make, eg. Using a finger to make patterns in sand and write for different purposes and eventually to be able to write their own name, simple words and sentences.

Mathematics

(Two aspects: Number and shape, Space and measure)

This area of learning;

  • helps your child with counting skills from 1-20.
  • helps your child gain an understanding of what numbers actually represent.
  • encourages your child to use mathematical words in their play and in everyday situations, for example, longer/shorter, lighter/heavier, more/less.
  • gives your child the opportunity to recognise numerals and to order numbers.
  • develops your child’s ability to add and subtract single-digit numbers.
  • gives your child the opportunity to solve problems using their mathematical knowledge including doubling, halving and sharing.
  • develops your child’s ability to compare and sort objects into groups.
  • develops your child’s ability to recognise and recreate simple patterns.
  • develops your child’s understanding of shape and size.
  • encourages your child to use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects to solve problems.
  • encourages your child to use appropriate mathematical language.
  • helps your child understand measurement.
  • develops your child’s understanding of 2D and 3D shapes.

Understanding of the World

(Three aspects: People and communities, The world, Technology)

This area of learning;

  • helps your child gain an understanding of his/her own world.
  • helps to develop your child’s awareness of the past, present and future.
  • encourages your child to talk about past and present events in their own lives and the lives of family members.
  • helps your child realise that other children don’t always enjoy the same things and are sensitive to this.
  • develops your child’s understanding of similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.
  • offers opportunities for your child to investigate and find out about things by using their senses.
  • develops observational skills.
  • helps your child to understand about changes around them, for example, seasons and changes to ingredients during cooking activities.
  • encourages your child to ask questions about why things work.
  • encourages your child to find out about their local environment and the wider world.
  • gives your child the opportunity to understand and use information and communication technology.

Expressive Arts and Design

(Two main aspects: Exploring and Using Media and materials and Being imaginative)

This area of learning;

  • encourages your child to sing songs, make music and dance and experiment with ways of changing them.
  • Gives your child the opportunity to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques.
  • encourages your child to explore and experiment with colour, design, texture, form and function.
  • provides opportunities for children to respond to what they see, hear and experience.
  • encourages your child to use his/her imagination in art, design, music, dance, role play.
  • encourages your child to express ideas in his/her own way, through movement, song, story, media and imaginative play.

PARENTS/CARERS AS PARTNERS

The staff team will work with you the parents/carers as partners in providing quality care for your child. We acknowledge that you are your child’s primary carer(s) and know your child better than anyone.

  • All parents/carers are welcome to visit the nursery at any time.
  • Parents/carers have access to their child's records upon request and are consulted in respect of the care given.
  • Information about activities, curriculum and events is distributed in the monthly newsletters and on the wall displays for parents.
  • Suggestions for activities at home are included on the monthly newsletter.
  • Parents/carers are able to inspect all our policies at any time. These are on display on the parents’ noticeboard.
  • A suggestion box is available for your suggestions and or comments.
  • Parents/carers formal consultations are held at least once a year.
  • Upon request we will endeavour to provide any information in large print format, on audio tape and/or translated to languages other than English.

 

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