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Birth to 1 year

From the moment a child is born they begin to learn. Physical development at this age is extremely rapid as they gain increasing control of their muscles. Skills are learnt that allow children to move their head, hands, feet and limbs, quickly allowing them to become mobile and able to handle and manipulate objects. Language is learnt from hearing people around them talking and even before their first words children become interested in their daily lives and anything that involves themselves. Secure attachments are formed with special people in their lives such as parents, family members and carers. A sensitive and caring approach to children’s growing understanding and emotional needs helps to build secure attachments.

Flexible routines help children to anticipate events and for them to gain a sense of order in their world. A wide and varied approach involving all of the senses is essential to encourage an interest in their environment and learning.

LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Both indoor and outdoor environments are equally important. For young children the indoor environment provides opportunities for eating, sleeping, rest and activities. Outside children can explore, use their senses and be physically active. Key carers work within both areas to support the child’s development.

Activities and resources for this age group include:-

  • Sensory play -  opportunities are provided to enable babies to observe objects and their movements and to play and explore
  • Messy Play -  to encourage fine motor skills using all of the senses
  • Imitation Play -  to encourage verbal, social and listening skills with the use of puppets, toys and simple everyday objects.
  • Family Books - to form a strong link between home and nursery, to encourage child’s own self esteem and promote positive self-image
  • Large movement area -  well planned areas to allow babies maximum space to move, roll stretch and explore in safety
  • Small movement area - to encourage exploration of objects to encourage fine motor skills using all of the senses.

 

Older Babies

1 to 2 years

Within a safe and interesting age appropriate environment, opportunities for exploration and exercise open up with the child’s increasing mobility. Children’s developing curiosity in their environment contributes to the development of both their coordination and physical abilities. It is at this time that children start to relate to other people and to learn the beginnings of self-control. Positive attachments are the bases upon which social and mental skills are developed. Communication skills and a sense of self begin to develop along with the ability to express their needs and feelings. A few simple words relating to everyday objects and people are leant alongside non-verbal communication. These skills grow very rapidly with encouragement and positive interaction with carers.

Self-confidence is built with exploration and simple self-help. Boundaries are leant along with handling frustrations. Problem solving skills develop using a variety of toys to explore space and shape. Pretend play provides opportunities to use their skills and explore concepts and ideas through their representations. Throughout this time adults play an important part in the security and comfort for the child.

LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Activities and resources for this age group include:-

  • Sensory and Heuristic play -   to encourage all aspects of sensory development, exploring objects, develop hand-eye co-ordination and make simple choices and preferences
  •  Messy Play -  to encourage fine motor skills using all of the senses
  • Pretend Play -  to encourage verbal, social and listening skills with the use of puppets, toys and simple everyday objects.
  • Family Books -  to form a strong link between home and nursery, to encourage child’s own self-esteem and promote positive self-image
  • Large movement area - to encourage large movements such as crawling, tumbling, rolling and climbing.
  • Small movement area - to encourage exploration of objects to encourage fine motor skills using all of the senses.
  • Book play - to encourage a love of books sharing them with a caring adult
  • Sand and Water Play -  to encourage exploration of objects using a child focused approach.
  • Toddlers

2 to 3 years

At this time children’s language is developing rapidly and many begin to put sentences together. Children learn from conversations with other children. New ideas, new things, past, present and future are all concepts that they begin to explore. Praise from new achievements helps to build self-esteem. Self-help and independence in eating, toileting and dressing emerges with support from caring adults.  Developing physical skills mean that children are usually able to walk, run, climb and play with other children experimenting with equipment and participating in active play.  It is an important time to explain safety to the children and for them to learn about dangers and safe limits.

LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Well maintained and accessible resources which are age appropriate are contained within the toddler room. Outside opportunities are provided on a large scale and with opportunities to do things in different ways.

Activities and resources for this age group include:-

  • Sensory and Heuristic play -   to encourage all aspects of sensory development, exploring objects, develop hand-eye co-ordination and make simple choices and preferences
  • Messy Play -  to encourage fine motor skills using all of the senses
  • Pretend Play -  to encourage verbal, social and listening skills with the use of puppets, toys and simple everyday objects.
  • Family Books - to form a strong link between home and nursery, to encourage child’s own self-esteem and promote positive self-image
  • Large movement area -  to encourage large movements such as crawling, tumbling, rolling and climbing.
  • Small movement area - to encourage exploration of objects to encourage fine motor skills using all of the senses.
  • Book play - to encourage a love of books sharing them with a caring adult
  • Sand and Water Play - to encourage exploration of objects using a child focused approach.
  • Creative Play - to develop forms of expression through a variety of materials

Pre-School

3 – 5 years

Important social skills of sharing and co-operation are learnt through joint play such as construction, role play and shared games.  Children learn about helping adults in everyday activities and find the balance between independence and complying with the wishes of others. Healthy choices in both eating and exercise are encouraged with the support of carers. Communication, language and mathematical skills can develop rapidly with the support of a wide range of activities and interesting materials.  Language is now more complex and conversations with adults become a source of information, guidance and reassurance.

LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Age appropriate and planned indoor and outdoor spaces allow all children a child focused flexible approach in their learning across all areas.  Outside leads to first hand contact with the weather, seasons and the natural world.

Activities and resources for this age group include:-

  • Messy Play -  to explore a range of materials, tools and media to develop a child’s imagination, understanding, manipulation, control and spontaneous expression and creativity.
  • Role Play and small world play – to use available resources to re-enact children’s own life experiences, interacting with others and developing social skills as they do so.
  •  Family Books – To make connections between different part of the children’s life experiences helping them to talk freely about their home and community.
  • Large movement area –  to enhance and improve the children’s co-ordination ,control manipulation and movement skills
  • Small movements area – to  develop fine motor skills using all of the senses.
  • Book play – to develop early reading skills, handling boos, retelling stories, listening skills, discussion skills and love of books
  • Sand and Water Play -  to explore sand and water capabilities and quantities through scientific, mathematical and imaginary, sensory and manipulative experiences.
  • Construction area -  to join, build and balance with a variety of construction materials, sometimes building with a purpose in mind.
  • Mathematical  – Resources are available to allow for children's mathematical development as they seek patterns, make connections and recognise relationships through finding out about and working with numbers and counting, with sorting and matching and with shape, space and measures.
  • Communication and Language - Games and resources  focus on the children's language skills. Fun games, rhymes and songs enhance the children's communication skills raising their self-esteem, confidence and social skills with others. In this area the children also explore with mark making and emergent writing to communicate.
  • Physical Development - Every environment indoors and out has a place for children to be active or rest and reflect. Physical activities encourage a progression of skills to promote confident movement, health and bodily awareness as well as control in using physical play equipment