Guide to the Curriculum
Parent’s Guide to…….The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
The first five years of a child’s life are crucial to their overall development. They provide the foundations that shape children's future development, happiness, growth and learning achievement at school.
In choosing a nursery for your child you are already ensuring your child has a good start. At Heaton House we provide a nurturing environment allowing children to learn important social skills and enhance their learning.
All schools and nurseries are required to follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum. This sets the standard of learning for children birth to five years old.
Each stage of development is set out alongside the milestones children are likely to achieve. We following this when planning activities for each child and track each child’s development in accordance to this framework.
Shaping your Child’s Education Through Play
Our parents often ask how play shapes their child’s learning. Play is pivotal to children’s learning. Play provides a fun, stimulating experience that engages children and helps embed learning. If we don’t play, we don’t try new things; we don’t explore and most importantly we don’t find out new things.
Good quality learning environments and experiences are key for children. At Heaton House play can take many forms. It can be:
- Child Initiated Play – A type of play that gives children the opportunity to play with what they wish, using toys and resources in many ways to fulfil their own agenda of play. This could be using a stick as a magic wand or simply choosing to play with their favourite toy. It’s a great opportunity for children to re-enact the experiences they have had or to use their imagination.
- Adult led – These are play opportunities organised and led by an adult. The adult, tailoring the activity to the individual children, will plan have used the child’s interests or learning style to engage a child in a particular activity. The activity builds on the knowledge the child already has however provides opportunity to learn new words, experience new things or gain an understanding of something new.
- Adult Initiated Play – Opportunities for play are set up by adults for children to explore and discover. Our nursery environment is a perfect example of adult initiated play. Our staff carefully plan the resources and activities that children have continuous access to ensure they challenge and engage children in their learning. Adults may also show this type of play by adding and building upon a child’s chosen play. Adults carefully add items or speak with the children during their play to build knowledge and share thoughts.
At Heaton House our environment and activities allow for all three types of play. We ensure children have ample opportunity to develop independence and have new experiences to enhance their knowledge and understanding.
In the words of Albert Einstein ‘Play is the highest form of research’.