Children learn about life through play. They try to make sense of the world by seeing, hearing and feeling. Children naturally explore, and investigate the environment around them.
In the Foundation Stage we hope to provide a happy and secure environment with a wide range of activities, materials and experiences. Children playing in such a stimulating environment are learning all the time, under the guidance of trained staff.
We understand that every child is a unique child who is constantly learning. We aim for our children to become resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships and staff work in partnership with parents and carers.
There are seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Four areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These four areas, the prime areas, are:
Communication and Language;
Physical Development; and
Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
Understanding the World; and
Expressive Arts and Design.
The areas of learning are delivered through planned, purposeful play with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Learning takes place both in the classroom and outdoors.