At Aston and Cote Preschool Playgroup we use the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, where each child is considered unique. We encourage positive relationships with adults and children, branching out to parents and the wider community. There are seven areas of learning and development identified within the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and children can access these through our indoor and outdoor environments. Observations, well-planned activities and close monitoring and assessing through use of the Early Years Profile, ensure each child learns and develops at their own pace within the seven areas.
There are three prime areas particularly crucial for igniting curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building children’s capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These are:
Communication and Language
In small and large groups children are encouraged to talk and listen to adults and each other. They are encouraged to respond to stories, songs and rhymes, which help to widen their vocabulary.
We have a wide range of equipment that allows the children to develop confidence and to develop their own body skills, increasing their control when climbing and balancing. Our recently developed, secure outside play area has both grass and hard areas with a safety surface, including a cycle track. The children are encouraged to develop fine motor skills using a range of equipment, such as pens, brushes, scissors and to handle other small objects eg. pegs and boards.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The children are helped to develop confidence, self‑respect and respect for others. They are encouraged to work independently and to play and learn through group activities, sharing and co-operating with children and adults.
The four specific areas, through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied, are:
The children have access to a wide range of books- fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Throughout the week they enjoy phonic activities and games, as well as mark-making in a variety of contexts, gaining good pen/pencil control, leading to correct letter formation.
From the assortment of activities and resources children are encouraged to begin and make comparisons between quantities and capacity, use number names accurately in play, show an interest in shape and space, recognise and create patterns and count objects carefully, working towards 10 and beyond.
Understanding the World
We support the children in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world around them. We encourage them to explore their environment and take an interest in different materials, construction toys, small world toys and ICT, as well as to develop an interest and respect for others and their families.
Expressive Arts and Design
The children are encouraged to use a wide range of resources, such as paint, glue and collage materials as well as natural and discarded resources in order to express their own ideas and feelings. This allows for open-ended exploration of colour, shape and texture. The children enjoy a wide variety of role play environments and plenty of opportunities for drama and song. We frequently enjoy music and movement to music sessions and use instruments on a regular basis.