The Early Years Foundation Stage reminds us that children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.
At The Column Nursery we know children learn best through play, repetition, refining activities and through conversation with adults and other children.
Our framework covers the education and care of all children in early year’s provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
The EYFS uses the term Learning and Development to describe seven areas of learning.
These are all related to each other; however, they are divided into Prime and Specific Areas. Children are expected to c
The Prime Areas are;
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Self-confidence and self-awareness
Managing feelings and behaviour
Moving and handling
Health and self-care
Communication and Language
Listening and attention
The Specific areas are;
Shape, space and measure
Understanding the World
People and communities
Expressive Arts and Design
Exploring and using media and materials
Our team provide a balance of adult-led and child-led activities that help children to think critically, play and explore and be active and creative learners. Each of our team members also pride themselves on:
When children leave us to move on to school they are independent, able to participate in a conversation, ask questions, can conform in a group situation, sit and listen, take turns and enjoy learning and are ready to begin the next stage of their educational journey. They are resilient, happy healthy children. And this is our main aim for them to be confident in their next stage in life.
As well as following key guidelines with learning and observations in regards to child development we also feel that being outdoors brings a wide variety of skills, knowledge and chance for exploration. We provide opportunities to learn about growing food such as peas, strawberries and tomatoes as well as flowers. The children plant vegetables, fruit and flowers each year and continue to provide care and water all year round.
We have mature trees and bushes, a grassed area, logs and tree stumps for open-ended play, a mud kitchen, spades, trowels, brushes, watering cans, magnifying glasses for close study of the flora and fauna, plenty of bikes and trikes, tents, bats, balls and hoops. With this environment and equipment children are learning and developing their physical, social and language skills as well as negotiating, counting, caring, nurturing and many other things every day. Friendships flourish too.
Children have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly how to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others.
Our outdoor activities run throughout the year, with all children going outside usually two or three times a day in all weathers (except for high winds).