Children's Learning and Development  

 

Here at Little Angels we follow the key areas of the 'Early Years Foundation Stage,' setting the standards for care, learning and development for children aged 0 - 5 years. Highly qualified practitioners provide a stimulating programme of activities which enhance all our children's learning experiences, these include adult led and child initiated activities allowing them to become motivated learners and independent thinkers. 

Our provision reflects The Prime Areas (Personal, Social and Emotional, Communication and Language and Physical Development) and Specific Areas (Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design), enabling the Unique Child to experience the world around them and interact with others to build Positive Relationships in an Enabling Environment facilitating the learning and development of each child.

The Prime Areas work together to support the child move through each of the areas of learning, enabling him/her to develop in other areas. These work alongside The Specific Areas which are the essential skills and knowledge for all children to participate successfully in society.

Staff at Little Angels are continually reviewing and adapting training,  practices and procedures to keep up-to-date with current practices.

Personal, Social & Emotional Development is a crucial part of a child's life: we aim to provide an environment that support your child to develop a positive sense of self. Promoting their ability to get on, work and make friendships with other people, both children and adults. Develop their ability to dress/undress themselves and look after their personal hygiene needs.

Communication and Language is encouraged through all activities provided in pre-school session. Conversations with one person or small and large groups develop their vocabulary. Learning the meaning of and using new words.

Literacy is encouraged in all activities including the use of pre-school library. Reading and sharing a wide range of books gives opportunities for effective development and learning skills within this area. Mark making activities along with fine motor skill tasks give children the basic skills for writing.

Mathematics is encouraged by counting, sorting, matching, pattern making, and working with numbers, shapes, space and measurements. Mathematical development is taught through stories, songs, games and role-play. Helping children to understand that numbers help us to answer questions about how many, how much, how far, how big.

Understanding the World learning takes place while the children explore, experiment and experience inside and outside of the setting. Your child will also be given opportunities to celebrate some festivals, and learn about religion, language, special educational needs and disabilities and gender.

Expressive Arts and Design includes art, music and dance, role-play and imaginative play, large and small construction and design, enabling your child to express themselves freely.

Physical Development your child will be given opportunities to explore the environment . Activities encourage confidence and self-esteem whilst developing children's gross and fine motor skills e.g running, jumping, balancing, riding wheeled toys, changing direction, drawing, puzzles, painting, textured materials, sand and water play to name but a few. 

The Characteristics of Effective Learning and the prime and specific Areas of Learning and Development are all interconnected. The ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment - playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically - underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child. The characteristics of effective learning includes: 

Playing and Exploring- engagement- Finding out and exploring, playing with what they know, being willing to 'have a go'

Active learning - motivation- Being involved and concentrating, keeping trying, enjoying achieving what they set out to do to remain an effective and motivated learner.

Creating and thinking critically - thinking- Having their own ideas, making links, choosing ways to do things.