The requirements that define what all registered early year settings must do, to promote children’s learning and development, are set out in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. The framework sets out seven areas of learning and development that must shape our educational programmes. All areas are interlinked and are important for ensuring that children have access to a broad and enjoyable curriculum.However, three areas are particularly important for setting the foundations for children’s learning. These are known as the prime areas and include:
Staff at Mother Goose Nurseries ensure that these areas are covered through a wide range of planned, purposeful play opportunities. For babies and toddlers, staff focus on the prime areas of learning, as these are most suited to their particular stage of development, but will introduce specific areas depending on children’s individual interests, confidence and abilities. At Mother Goose Nurseries we believe that play should underpin all development and learning for young children.
Staff work through a cycle of observation, assessment and planning, in order to support the children’s learning in a systematic way.
They carry out observations of the children to assess their achievements, interests and learning styles, and use this information to plan learning experiences for each child, Staff ensure that all seven areas are integrated in their planning, while supporting the children in a holistic way to develop their skills and understanding as they enjoy engaging in activities of their choice.
Parents receive regular feedback on their children’s progress, so that they are well informed of their achievements and can continue with children’s learning at home.
We aim to foster a strong desire within the children to communicate, make decisions, solve problems, discover, enquire, create and co-operate. We have a range of carefully chosen equipment organised into bays and areas of play.
Here, children are able to use equipment freely, depending on their current focus of interest, stage of learning, physical ability and learning styles. They are able to engage in challenging activities of their choice for sustained periods of time throughout the day, enabling them to consolidate their learning on a daily basis. Stall also plan a sensitive balance of adult directed activities, based on children’s interest.
The outdoor area is a well-planned learning environment that enables children to progress across the seven areas of learning and development.
Children from two years have the choice between indoor and outdoor activities throughout the day and staff are organised to work alongside children, extending their individual skills across all areas of learning. Babies and toddlers have planned, daily opportunities to play and explore through their senses outdoors.
Children are encouraged to play outside in all weathers, as staff plan activities to make the most of the learning opportunities provided by changes in weather conditions.