Our Approach

          We provide a fun, caring and stimulating environment where each and every child is valued as an individual

       and supported to achieve their full potential.  Our practice is strongly influenced by the key principles

       outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage. 

Aims

  • To provide excellent play based learning opportunities within a rich stimulating environment.
  • To  build strong relationships which enable children to thrive through the Keyperson system.                
  • To work closely with families to build home learning opportunities and to support children's development.
  • To encourage all aspects of children’s learning and development through the implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • To value and respect all children as individuals and to provide fully for their needs.

 

                                                                                                                      Rationale

 We recognise that each child is a unique individual loved by God and strive to offer a Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) where everyone feels happy, secure and valued. This enables everyone to thrive and grow, learn and develop and making the most of their abilities and talents

                                                                                                                      Objective

This will be done by:

Recognising that each child is unique and offering them opportunities to build confidence in themselves and their ability to do things, and value their own achievements.

Promoting positive secure relationships with staff, families and other children

Providing an enabling environment where each child is safe and able to learn

Supporting Children to progress in all seven areas of development building a positive approach to learning and finding out about the world and themselves.

 

Unique Child

We recognise that every child matters, and that each child is unique. Therefore we recognise that every learning journey will be different as children and will learn and develop at different paces.

To ensure sure that each child’s learning and developmental needs are met each child is assessed when they start and at regular intervals through discussions with families.

Staff will take a genuine interest in children encouraging their interests and endeavours.

Each child is assigned to a key worker and children’s progress is monitored regularly through observation and recording.

Information is shared by staff and families so that together, children may be offered opportunities to learn and develop as individuals.

Positive Relationships

Children learn best when they have strong loving relationships with families and Early Years Foundation stage staff. All staff will get to know children well and each child will have a key worker to work with more closely who will show particular interest and encourage a child’s development

Staff all undertake training in early years development to support children to build confidence in themselves and to take manageable risks in play.

Parents and children will be involved in the planning to ensure that activities are appropriate for children’s development and interests.

An atmosphere of mutual respect, friendliness and kindness will be nurtured in all relationships between families and staff.

Enabling Environment

Children are provided with plenty of space both inside and outside to set up activities and to encourage energetic play.

There is a wide selection of equipment and resources. Learning is structured to challenge and interest children  enabling them to explore, play and talk in this way they progress spiritually, socially, intellectually, physically emotionally and creatively.

Equipment and resources are rotated regularly and that can be used in a variety of different ways. The space and all equipment is regularly risk assessed to ensure that the environment is safe.

Time, opportunities and resources are provided to encourage children of differing abilities and disabilities to learn and develop at their own pace.

Opportunities will be sought for visits and outings working with other agencies and  schools to prepare for transition.

Learning and Development

Play and Exploration

Children learn best through play.  Children will be offered opportunities to experience a wide variety of individual play, with other children and with adult involvement.

Active Learning

Children learn actively through physical and mental challenges. They will be offered opportunities to explore and investigate things that interest them, involving people, objects ideas and events.

Creativity and Critical Thinking

Children’s creativity and critical thinking develops with open ended activities and from opportunities to move equipment around both inside and outside to make new connections. Children will be encouraged to explore and try out new ideas sharing their thinking with other children and adults to improve their understanding.

Areas of Learning and Development

There are six areas of learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage,  all are interlinked and equally important. As a Catholic setting we have the added the area of Spiritual and Religious development. Children will be offered a variety of toys, games and activities each day that will give them a chance to practise the skills, knowledge and experience needed to learn and develop.

These Areas are:

1. Personal social and emotional Development                                                         

2. Communication Language and literacy Development                                                       

3. Problem solving reasoning and numeracy                                                                          

4. Knowledge and understanding of the world.                                                                             

5. Physical Development                                                                                              

6.  Creative Development

7.Spiritual and religious Development