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Children's Learning Development and LearningChildren's development and learning

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:

  1. A Unique Child
  2. Enabling Environments
  3. Learning and Development
  4. Positive Relationships

It also covers seven main areas of learning:

  1. Communication and language
  2. Personal, social and emotional development
  3. Physical development
  4. Literacy
  5. 'Expressive' art and design
  6. Understanding of the World
  7. Maths

Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children think. Our setting uses guidance from the EYFS, as well as observations and discussions, to plan and provide a range of play activities which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development. In some of these activities children decide how they will use the activity and, in others, an adult takes the lead in helping the children to take part in the activity.

Working together for your children

In our setting we maintain the ratio of adults to children in the setting that is set by Ofsted. We also have volunteer parent helpers where possible to complement these ratios. This helps us to: give time and attention to each child;

  • talk with the children about their interests and activities;
  • help children to experience and benefit from the activities we provide; and
  • allow the children to explore and be adventurous in safety.

Key persons and your child

Our setting has a key person system. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom she/he is particularly responsible. Your child's key person will be the person who works with you to make sure that what we provide is right for your child's particular needs and interests. When your child first starts at the setting, she/he will help your child to settle and throughout your child's time at the setting, she/he will help your child to benefit from the setting's activities.

Records of achievement

The setting keeps a record of achievement for each child. Staff and parents working together on their children's records of achievement is one of the ways in which the key person and parents work in partnership. Your child's record of achievement helps us to celebrate together her/his achievements and to work together to provide what your child needs for her/his well-being and to make progress.
Your child's key person will work with you to keep this record. To do this you and she/he will collect information about your child's needs, activities, interests and achievements. This information will enable the key person to identify your child's stage of progress. You and the key person will then decide on how to help your child to move on to the next stage.