We have a designed and planned programme at Playgroup that emphasises learning through play and aims to encourage the development of each child, so that they may become secure and confident outside their home environment. Good personal and social development is a crucial foundation in making progress in other areas.
Our Education programme is planned to work with the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, which will lead to children achieving the Early Learning Goals by the end of the reception year in school. The Foundation Stage covers birth to five plus years i.e. the end of the reception year in school, preceding the National Curriculum Key Stage 1.
Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities. We take care to provide activities and experiences which use equipment appropriate to the age and stage of development of the children, to stimulate their interest, encourage investigation and enable them to practice existing skills, and to extend and acquire new skills, understanding and knowledge.
Children learn in many different ways, by playing, talking, observing, planning, doing, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating, reflecting and responding to adults and to each other. Well-planned play both indoors and outdoors is a key way in which children learn with enjoyment and challenge during the Foundation Stage.
The seven areas of learning incorporated into our planning are:
- Prime Areas
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language
- Specific Areas
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
In order to give the children security and a sense of independence a session will typically follow a regular routine of
Welcome – The children are welcomed and allowed to organise themselves, hanging up coats, putting toys in the keeping box, saying goodbye to carers and choosing an activity.
Activity Time – During this time there will be various tables of activities available e.g. creativity, puzzles, construction toys, malleable materials, books etc. In the adjoining room other play opportunities are also available such as the home corner, climbing frame and sand play.
Tidy Up Time – The children are encouraged to assist in order to promote responsibility.
Drink and Snack Time – Nominated children assist in serving and the remaining children are encouraged to sit patiently and quietly. Staff circulate to converse with the children and to promote good manners.
Active Play – The children engage in a period of physical activity e.g. musical movement, ball games or large group activity.
Circle Time – The children share and discuss the day’s activities, celebrate birthdays, sing songs and rhymes and participate in ‘show and tell’.
Departure – The children say goodbye and wait for their names to be called before proudly collecting any paintings, drawing or craft work completed that session.