Within the Playgroup all children are supported in developing their potential at their own individual pace. A range of fun play and educational activities are planned in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage, preparing the children for school. The targeted time for completion of the Foundation Stage is at the end of the reception year (the first year at school). A key-person system enables us through observations to tailor activities to the needs of each individual child. We offer a curriculum tailored to provide nationally approved learning opportunities by means of appropriate play activities and a high level of individual adult input.
The Prime Areas
Communication and Language
Listening and attention, Understanding and Speaking
Throughout their time at Playgroup all the children will develop skills that will focus on their attention and concentration, enabling them to sit and listen and follow what is going on around them and concentrating on the speaker. Interactions between adults and children encourage them to develop an understanding of language, including asking and answering questions and following instructions. Appropriate activities, songs, stories and positive role modelling encourages children’s communication and their speech and language development, gaining skills to express themselves and use appropriate language.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Making relationships, Self-confidence and self-awareness, Managing feelings and behaviour
Within a nurturing environment, children are individually supported in developing confidence, autonomy and self-respect. They are encouraged to work and concentrate independently and also to take part in the life of the Playgroup, sharing and co-operating with other children and adults. Through activities, conversation and practical example, children learn acceptable ways to express their own feelings and to respect the feelings of others. All children are given the opportunity, as appropriate, to take responsibility for themselves and the Playgroup property.
Moving and handling, Health and Self care
An extensive range of equipment and opportunities, both indoors and out, allows all the children to develop confidence and enjoyment in the use of their own bodily skills. A high level of adult supervision enables children safely to create and meet physical challenges developing their gross motor skills. The children are supported in the development of their fine motor skills using a variety of tools, and handling small objects to develop early mark making skills.
The Playgroup provides healthy meals and snacks, ensuring the children follow a healthy diet and develop an understanding of healthy eating and drinking. Playgroup routines promote good hygiene skills such as hand washing and toileting, and staying safe.
Reading and Writing
Children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking, listening and responding to stories, songs and rhymes. Children are helped to understand that written symbols carry meaning, to be aware of the purposes of writing and, when ready, to use drawn and written symbols for themselves. A well-stocked book corner gives every child the opportunity and encouragement to become familiar with books, able to handle them and aware of their uses, both for reference and as a source of stories and pictures. We use the public libraries to enhance our range of books, particularly when working on specific themes. The children take part in our own library and reading scheme involving the family at home.
Numbers, Shape, space and measures
Through a range of play based activities children are introduced to early mathematics. This includes counting, number recognition and understanding of basic number problems. Children are encouraged to solve number problems and develop categorising objects in different ways. Language and terminology referring to size and capacity is learnt through measuring and weighing objects. Children learn about shape recognition through the use of describing everyday objects using the correct mathematical terms.
Knowledge and Understanding
People and communities, The world, Technology
Within the Playgroup we embrace and celebrate all cultural festivals and children learn about a range of different faiths and religions. Children are often taken on outings within the local community, developing a sense of self and others. We encourage the children to share some events and experiences with their Peers, developing the concept of time as well as similarities and differences between families.
Children are given opportunities to explore the natural world through activities such as planting and bug hunts within our garden area. They engage in talk about what living things need in order to survive.
We have a vast range of technology resources the children are taught how to use correctly. These pieces of equipment enhance the children’s learning further and help to develop much needed skills.
Exploring and using media and materials, Being imaginative
Children are encouraged to explore and create their own imaginative play. They have role play areas with access to props and dressing up items to enhance and embrace this further. Within circle time activities we sing songs with the children and introduce them to rhymes and alliteration. Accompanying the singing the children explore the sounds of various musical instruments. Dancing and movement to the music is also explored by the children and they learn how to move rhythmically and in different ways.
Where can I go for further information?
Our Playgroup Manager and all practitioners are more than happy to talk with parents further in relation to the EYFS and the children’s individual development. We welcome you asking as many questions as you need to.
You can also find the Early Years Foundation Stage which includes the early learning goals at www.foundationyears.org.uk. The foundation years website also includes a range of resources and contacts.