Every child is a unique individual who deserves the best possible start in life. Between birth and the age of five children develop quickly and their experiences can have a big impact on their future lives. At Littleleaps we follow the Early Years Foundation stage which is a statutory framework for all early years providers. It sets the standards that Early years providers must meet, promoting teaching and learning to ensure children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.
Areas of Learning
There are seven areas of learning and development all of which are imporant and are inter-connected, There are three prime areas which are extremely important for building childrens capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive, in addition to the prime areas there are also four specific areas of learning and development which strenghen the prime areas.
Prime Areas of Learning
Communication and Language Development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a variety of situations.
Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings, to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Each child who attends Littleleaps has a Key Person.
This is an Early Years Practitioner within the child's room who's role is to ensure every child's learning and care is tailored to their individual needs. They will support the child and their parents with the settling in process, and with the child's developmental progress.
Specific Areas of Learning
Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write, Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.
Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people ,places, technology and the environment.
Expressive arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activites in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.
Tapestry is an online learning journal that practitioners use to record and monitor your child learning and development. Parents can also upload new achievements and special events onto their own child journal allowing these moments to be shared between home and setting. Tapestry can be used as a communication tool to strenghten our relationships with parents.