In our Pre School room toys and equipment are displayed at child level so that they are accessible to the children. This allows children to make their own choices and decisions and to play with materials in their own way - solving problems and using their imaginations.
Staff work with children individually and in groups, offering ideas and suggestions and introducing new language and concepts to extend children’s learning.
Enjoyable play-based activities ensure that we support the characteristics of effective learning and cover all the areas of learning identified in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
The characteristics of learning are:
- Playing and Exploring
- Active Learning
- Creating and Thinking Critically
The areas of learning identified in the EYFS are:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical development
- Communication and language
- Understanding the world
- Expressive Arts and Design
We take a holistic approach to learning, recognising that children often cover lots of areas of learning in the course of doing one activity.
The areas of provision on offer include:
Sand – wet and dry sand offer different experiences to learn about the properties of natural materials and to dig, pour, mould, and make marks.
Water – children love water, pouring, splashing, floating and sinking sailing boats, filling and emptying.
Malleable Materials – clay and play dough offer opportunities for tactile and imaginative play.
Mark Making – although we have a specific area for crayoning, emergent writing and drawing, we also make ‘mark making’ materials available around the nursery so that children can write in other areas – for example making shopping lists in the role play area or drawing maps in the construction area.
Paint – children can create works of art using paint with brushes, sponges and string. We will display some of these on our walls - and you can take some home for your walls!
Creative Workshop – lots of materials are available for children to make collages and junk models. We may ask you for empty cereals boxes and cardboard tubes from time to time, to keep this area stocked up!
Role Play – children can dress up and pretend. Whether it’s a home or a hospital they can take on different roles.
Large Construction – block play develops children’s ability to problem solve and their spatial awareness. It provides physical play which enhances co-ordination.
Small Construction – duplo, sticklebricks and other resources help to develop children’s fine motor skills.
Books and Puppets – children can read and tell stories themselves or sit and listen while an adult
ICT – children are introduced to technology, using digital cameras, light boxes, overhead projectors and computers.
Investigation and Exploration – broadly covering science, nature, problem solving, reasoning and numeracy. Children have the opportunity to examine, enquire and experiment.
Small World – model animals, vehicles and people are available in most areas; sand, water, construction to allow children to use their imagination to make up and tell stories and scenarios.
Literacy and Numeracy are supported throughout the room using number and alphabetlines, posters and environmental print. Children’s pegs are labelled and they are able to register themselves when they arrive at nursery.
We make learning fun so that our children feel positive about learning and feel confident and competent, as this will enable them to succeed at school and beyond.