"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
For our two year olds, we believe that their learning should be play-based and child-led. We have created an environment where children can chose their own resources and activities to help develop their independence and become life-long learners.
We particularly try to create learning opportunities for two year olds to develop their
skill in three prime areas:
Communication and language skills - opportunities to describe, explain,
discuss, learn new words and share experiences
Personal, social and emotional wellbeing - opportunities to take risks,
experiment, explore, be imaginative, play with others, take turns, have
fun and being engaged.
Physical development - opportunities to be active, move with their whole
bodies, refine hand control, explore sensory experiences, be messy, begin
helping with self care.
Each child has a key-worker who acts as their secure base; they can return to them if
they need reassurance or to recharge their emotional batteries. We actively encourage parents/carers to play an active role in their child's learning and development, alongside the key-worker. They are the people who know their children best! We receive vital information from the parent's when filling out the 'All About Me' sheet on registration and we use this to ensure our two-year olds enjoy and look forward to coming to preschool.
Parents are regularly involved and informed of their child’s progress through informal discussions with staff and their Two-Year Progress Check. This check is a written summary about the child's strengths and any areas where the child’s progress is slower than expected. If any are highlighted, a targeted action plan will be created to help close this gap.
3-4 Year Olds
Learning for three and four year olds is made as engaging and stimulating as possible. Taking into account the interests of our children, staff ensure that they create rich learning opportunities through play and play-based teaching. Our environment makes sure that children develop independence in deciding what they want to play or use and staff are always on hand to support children take risks and to explore.
As well as ensuring our children are secure within the prime areas (communication and
language, personal, social and emotional wellbeing and physical development), we also
focus on specific areas which include essential skills and knowledge. These areas are:
Literacy - children are encouraged to foster a love of books, describing
stories and enjoying rhymes. We focus on helping children identify letters
and their sounds and expanding their widening vocabulary.
Mathematics - children are exposed to numbers and their sequence,
understanding and using words such as 'more' or 'less. Children will also be
encouraged to compare and categorise according to properties.
Understanding the World - children will be encouraged to talk about their
families and own friends, noting differences and similarities. They will note
features of their environment and talk about some of the things they have
Expressive Arts and Design - children are given an environment to explore
and sounds and art using different mediums and materials. They are encouraged
to be imaginative and to use resources as props in their games.
As with our two year olds, children who are three and four also have a key-worker assigned in order to record, plan and adapt new activities to their needs. Key workers will also support children before they join a Reception class to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible. This includes activities and role play about their new 'big' school and transition records being created for their new class teacher.