Learning Through Play

 

Play underpins all development and learning for young children. Through play, children develop language skills, emotions and creativity, social and intellectual skills. At Happy Tots, we provide well planned learning experiences around the needs and interests of each child, to ensure they have the opportunity to experiment, take risks and build friendships as they play together, think creatively, share concepts and solve problems.By observing and listening to the children, our staff can help them to further develop their ideas. Children learn to express their ideas and experiences to others in many ways. Opportunities for building, constructing, den making and roleplay encourage social development, language and communication as well as physical development, exploration and discovery.

We welcome involvement from parents / carers as we understand the importance of your role and value your ideas and suggestions.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Every child deserves the best possible start in life. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances.

The EYFS statutory framework sets the standards that all early years settings must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure that children are ready for school and offers a broad range of knowledge and skills that provides the right foundation for good future progress through school and future life.

There are seven areas of learning and development – all areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas are called the prime areas. We must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.

 

Personal, social and emotional development   (prime area)

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.

Communication and language

(prime area)

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

(prime area)

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.

Literacy

(specific area)

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

(specific area)

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

(specific area)

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

(specific area)

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.