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Planning and Activities
It is a legal requirement to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage EYFS with all children under 5, I do this by carefully planning activities following children’s individual needs and interest, in a well resourced, safe and caring environment. This will include indoor and outdoor play, visits and outings.
Areas of Learning
The EYFS has three prime areas of learning and development and four specific areas.
Communication and Language Development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Literacy Development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
For young children, the prime areas will be the main focus, and then, as children learn and develop, the specific areas will become more relevant and gain equal importance.
Indoor Play - I provide a wide variety of age appropriate toys for indoor use.
With the playroom it is easier to tidy away one toy before getting the next one out. This helps children learn how to tidy up which is an important part of social development.
Outdoor Play - I have a fully enclosed garden with a variety of ride on toys, games and a trampoline with safety enclosure. I also have three rabbits which the children enjoy feeding, watching and holding. Other activities include walks, playground and other trips.
Free Play - It is important for each child to experience free play, this gives them the opportunity to make their own choices of what they wish to play with.
Story Time - I have a good selection of books for all ages. I sit and read to the children and we look at books together. Children can also choose their own book from the book corner and sit independently and read.
Music Time - I have song time for the children where each child can join in by singing, dancing and learning the actions to the song. I also provide musical instruments for the children to use during music time.
Role Play - I provide role play for children this helps to extend a child's imagination. I have dressing up clothes, shopping facilities including shopping till, kitchen with saucepans, apron, plate and cups.
Messy Play - I have many fun activities including, water play, sand table, play dough, gluing/sticking, painting and cooking.
Outings - I attend the local toddler group and I am a member of the Kings Hill Childminding Group. I also take the children on outings during the school holidays for example Groombridge Place, Leeds and Hever Castle, Museums, farms and picnic at various local parks.