The Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage is a requirement for all early years providers to adhere to and provides staff with all of the necessary information on the areas of learning and development that all children should be able to achieve by the end of the reception year in school, through observations and planning.
Staff at Pebbles consider the individual needs, interests, and development of each key child in their care, and use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience for each child in all areas of learning and development.
To support the children’s development the setting provides a range of play activities (including painting, mark making, role play, construction small world toys, malleable play etc) which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development. Children are encouraged to decide how they would like to participate in each session, whether it will be independently or whereby an adult takes the lead. Every session includes time for group activities such as story or song time. At all times the staff try to ensure that every child feels safe and secure in a stimulating and happy environment that enables them to feel confident enough to take part in a wide range of activities. We hope that they will learn to become independent, increase their self-esteem, gain the appropriate skills to attempt new tasks and become ready for the transition into the next appropriate nursery room or primary school.
A key person is allocated to each child and is responsible for their well-being and overall care. The key person system will be explained fully during your initial visit to the setting.
The seven areas of learning and development within the EYFS are as follows:-
- Communication and Language – The development of children’s spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Children’s personal, social and emotional development (PSED) is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives, and is fundamental to their cognitive development.
- Physical Development – Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives.
- Literacy – It is crucial for children to develop a life-long love of reading. Reading consists of two dimensions: language comprehension and word reading.
- Mathematics – Developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically.
- Understanding the world – Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community.
- Expressive Arts and Design – The development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity.
It is widely recognised by early years experts that play is a vital significance in the intellectual, social and physical growth of children. Young children’s first discoveries of the world are made through play.
All daily activities take place indoors or outdoors.