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The Way We Learn

As a setting we follow 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 7 areas which supports all areas of the children’s development and personal growth. These are:

  1. Personal, social and emotional development
  2. Communication and Language
  3. Physical development
  4. Literacy
  5. Mathematics
  6. Understanding the world
  7. Expressive arts and designs

The early years foundation stage curriculum is the foundation for all activities and opportunities 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.

My First Friends Day Nursery and pre-school plan, create, implement and provide appropriate opportunities for children’s development and personal growth in both indoor and out door 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. We are very lucky to have an extensive outside play area that is divided into five areas. Each room has an area they can access at all times to promote learning and development in the outdoor environment.

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 and using the mud kitchen. 

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 paint brushes to make pictures. By providing these opportunities to the children we are ensuring we meet and support all the children’s differing learning styles.