Learning and Development

Play and Exploration, Active Learning, Creativity and Critical Thinking, Areas of Learning and Development.

  • Play is the most effective tool for early learning, allowing for meaningful exploration, investigation and questioning. A free-flow approach is recognised as the best way to promote quality play.
  • We recognise the immense benefit of play with peers and aim to facilitate effective interactive learning.
  • We ensure that there is a balance of child-initiated learning opportunities and adult-led activities.  At all times we use our observations and professional judgements to extend play according to the child’s stage of development.
  • We understand the concept of ‘sustained shared thinking’ as a powerful means of building connections in learning. This involves challenging children’s thoughts to help them to clarify, extend or re-think concepts. We are also aware of patterns in children’s play, (schemas), and provide opportunities to develop learning through these channels.
  • All staff are familiar with the six EYFS Areas of Learning. These represent the skills, knowledge and experiences appropriate for children as they grow, learn and develop. We regard them as inter-connected and of equal importance.
  • All staff are trained to NVQ Level 3 and our Early Years Professional, (EYP), has Qualified Teacher Status. We attend regular training courses on aspects of the EYFS. Additional input on curriculum and policy matters is delivered by our EYP during staff meetings and INSET days.