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The government introduced a new curriculum in 2008 called the Early Years Foundation Stage. This curriculum covers children from birth to and including reception classes. The ethos of the curriculum is very child-focused and places a huge emphasis on the practitioner to understand the way in which children learn.
The Early Year’s Foundation Stage focuses on 4 areas which supports all areas of the children’s development and personal growth. These are:
The foundation for all activities and opportunities is available to children both indoors and outdoors.
We have recognised the need for stimulating outdoor areas to support children learning and we have designed the outdoors areas to ensure there are various areas which enable all groups of children to access the outdoors and introduced a variety of outdoor resources and equipment to promote all areas of children’s learning and development.
It is from these principles listed that early year’s practitioners at My First Friends Nursery, Rubery, and pre-school use to plan, create, implement and provide appropriate opportunities for children’s development and personal growth in both indoor and outdoor environments.
Our aim is to ensure that every individual child’s needs are met, and they are encouraged to develop in their own time at their own pace.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is reflected in the activities and opportunities on offer to the children in the outdoors area throughout the day.
We encourage and provide outside areas for the older children to experience planting flowers and vegetables and just generally getting messy digging in the mud this is loved by all.
The outdoor areas provide many natural materials and resources for children to extend their learning for example communication, Language and literacy can be promoted in the garden with the use of a few little twigs or sticks and a small patch of mud as the children can be encouraged to make marks and patterns.
Or by using pots of water and paintbrushes to make pictures. By providing these opportunities to the children we are ensuring we meet and support all the children’s differing learning styles.
Progress checks and profiles when your child is 2. Our team will give you a written summary of how your child is progressing against the 3 prime areas of learning.
It’s a huge progression moving from nursery to school and we want to ensure that this is as hassle-free as possible for you and your child.
We work closely with the local schools and the extended community throughout your child’s time with us to ensure we make that transition as smooth as possible when the time comes.
Please feel free to ask a member of staff for a copy of our Transition to School policy.