Activities and Routines
The provision for children's development and learning is guided by two frameworks issued by the Sure Start Unit of the Department for Education and Skills.
We work under the Guidance of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
This has four underlying themes and principles:
- A Unique Child
- Enabling Environments
- Learning and Development
- Positive Relationships
It also covers seven main areas of learning:
- Communication and language
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical development
- 'Expressive' art and design
- Understanding of the World
Home Reading Project
This project gives all children the opportunity to take a book home once a week, for you to share with them. Children of all ages and abilities can enjoy books, whether they are interested in looking only at the pictures, or perhaps they are just beginning to sound out letters, or if they can already read some basic words.
Spending a bit of time sharing a book with your child can help support not only their listening and attention skills, but can also help support their use of language and communication. Many of you already do this and for those of you that don’t yet share books you will be amazed at how much can come out of just a little time spent looking at and talking about the book together.
We would also like to encourage parents to visit the local library if and when you have a chance, as this too will help support your child’s development.
Patrice is the staff member who will be responsible for managing this project and together with myself, we are currently preparing to begin the project in the next couple of weeks. Parents will have the responsibility of making sure the books are looked after and returned to preschool on time.
If you have any questions about this please speak to Patrice.
The setting's timetable and routines
Our setting believes that care and education are equally important in the experience which we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the session/day in the setting are provided in ways that:
- help each child to feel that she/he is a valued member of the setting;
- ensure the safety of each child;
- help children to gain from the social experience of being part of a group; and
- provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning.
We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from - and work at - a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.
Outdoor activities contribute to children's health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity - and are encouraged - to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as those provided in the indoor playroom/s.