At The Children’s Workshop we follow the Statutory Framework for the early years foundation stage (DfE, 2017).

Its four overarching principles guide our practices:

  • Every child is Unique
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  • Children learn to develop in enabling environments
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates

 

The document identifies seven different areas of learning and development which all Early Years settings must shape their ‘educational programme’ around.

The Three Prime areas are the crucial building blocks for strong, sustainable, long lasting learning and development:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language Development
  • Physical Development

 

From these, stem the further learning and development within the specific areas of:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive art and design

 

The most important word at The Children’s Workshop is

‘PLAY’

The vehicle that enables children to reach their full potential!

In PLAY a child is always above his average age, above his daily behaviour, in play, it is as though he were a head taller than himself’(Laong, 2001)

‘When involved in playing, children’s concentration and application to the task are much greater than academically directed activities contrived by teacher’ (Palmer, 2004)

A carefully planned, stimulating environment (indoor and outdoor) together with supportive, caring adults nurtures children into self fulfilment of their absorbent minds.

It is a statutory requirement that we operate a Key Person system, whereby every child is allocated a member of staff.  The Key Person is responsible for collating information about the child, developping his/her learning profile, referred to as the ‘Learning Journal’ and keeping an overall view of their progress and development in all areas of learning. Above all, the Key Person is someone who aims to form an attachment with your child and the whole family where trust and shared understanding of a child and family’s needs are at the forefront.

Reference:

Department for Education (2017) Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage, DFE, London

Leong D. And Bodrova E., (2001) ‘Pioneers In Our Field: Lev Vygotsky – Playing to Learn’, THE STACKS, Scholastic (Online), Accessed Nov 2010, July 2017

Palmer, S. and Dolya, G. (2004) ‘Freedom of thought’, The TES (Online), Accessed:  20, November 2010)