We base our learning on child initiated and adult led activities, we cover all areas of learning as set out in the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage guide lines (2012). Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first these are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and language
- Physical development
These prime areas are the most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Each child within the setting is allocated a key worker who will keep a record of your childs development and progress in the form of a learning journey, this includes observations and photographic evidence of their learning through play. Parents / carers are welcome to look at this at any time, we hold a parents evening once a term to discuss the learning journey in more detail.
At some point after your child turns 2, the professionals working with your child must give you a written summary of how your child is progressing against the 3 prime areas of learning. This is called the progress check at age 2.
What are we learning January – February 2021 ??
- Chinese new year
- Shrove Tuesday
- Valentines Day
- Life skills
- Looking at numbers, counting and estimating
- Exploring ice – cause and effect – Arctic animals – exploring the environment
- Mark making
- Helecopter stories
Giving children a solid foundation at Little Teapots.
When we are providing our care for the children we want to give them the best foundation for their physical health, making sure they get enough water, food, exercise and sleep. We want to teach them to tell us when they are not feeling well and identify what part of their body is hurting if they fall over. Emotional health is no different , children don’t come into the world knowing how to care for their emotional health any more than their physical it is up to us to teach them.
Emotional health is so important
At Little Teapots we want the children to identify how they are feeling, showing their emotions is a positive step, making it part of their regular routine at home and in the setting , making it a fun everyday experience.
What we have done to enhance well being in the setting
Talking about our emotions on a daily basis.
We have made an emotions board – When they sign in the morning they put their name card on which emotion they feel at that particular morning. We discuss why they are feeling happy, sad etc. and monitor throughout the morning. Sometimes the children have changed their card depending on how they feel and discuss it with them whether it is from happy to sad or sad to happy.
Emotions stones – The children can carry it around with them during the session and change it whenever they feel like it.
Dinosaur Feet – Angry feet – If the children are feeling angry or frustrated they can jump on the feet on the floor to let out their feelings.
Books – How are your feeling today, How about you, best friends etc.
Emotion Dice – Different faces, happy, sad, excited and crying.
A child that is aware and can express their emotions are better prepared for challenges that may occur thus helping them develop, learn and grow.