At Newtown, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS) which provides for children from birth to age 5.
Children develop very quickly in the early years and it is our aim to help the children in our care, have the best possible start in life.
Children learn through play. Whilst playing babies and young children learn and make sense of their world. Given the right conditions they can explore and investigate, reflect and review, plan and think. Adult support and guidance will help build their confidence and self- esteem and encourage their independence and help them to form relationships with others.
The EYFS identifies three characteristics of effective learning which focus on how children learn and not just what they learn.
At Newtown, our provision is based around these characteristics.
Our aim is to promote:
|PLAYING AND EXPLORING||Engagement||
The EYFS identifies seven areas of learning and development for children aged 0-5 years – these can be seen as the content, the what children will learn.
There are three prime areas which are seen as fundamental for all learning:
Personal Social and Emotional development
Communication and Language
These are considered to be the foundations for the other areas to build on.
The four specific areas are:
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
The curriculum for 3-4 year olds
The nursery school is organised into areas of continuous provision, providing a rich and exciting environment full of natural and stimulating resources to enable the children to follow their interests and initiate much of their own learning.
Within each area, resources are arranged so that children can independently select what they want to play with and decide how to play with them. Staff play alongside children and act as playful partners, often following the children’s lead.
The areas provided in nursery are:
We also provide opportunities for observation and investigation such as magnets, torches, light box, as well as maths resources and musical instruments.
Staff undertake observations of the children as they play – watching them, listening to them and either writing down what they see and hear, or taking a photo or a video. These observations form the basis of our knowledge of where each child is in their learning and development and helps us to identify the next steps in their learning – ie what we need to do next to move their learning forward.
Staff will add things to the environment to cater for a child’s specific interest or in order to help them develop further.
Staff analyse observations of each child in order to monitor their progress across all the areas of learning and development. These ongoing assessments ensure that each child builds on their previous knowledge and skills as well as encountering new experiences and acquiring new concepts.
The nursery school has an exciting outdoor learning environment which is available to children throughout the session. This is where many children choose to be and where much of their learning takes place.