Our activities are planned to promote a good standard of learning through Adult Lead and Child Initiated activities, for example:
Adult Lead learning takes the form of teaching phonics, handwriting, reading skills and circle time activities.
Child Initiated learning takes the form of role play in free play activities e.g. the role play area, the sand or water play activities and also in problem solving activities e.g. puzzles. The staff at King Fishers are committed in giving the children space to develop their own unique character.
Purpose and Aims
The aim of using the Early Years Foundation Stage is to help all children achieve the five ‘Every Child Matters’ outcomes of staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well being.
A Principled Approach
The Early Years Foundation Stage states that ‘All children, irrespective of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties or disabilities, gender or ability should have the opportunity to experience a challenging and enjoyable programme of learning and development”.
The Early Years Foundation Stage principles which guide the work of all practitioners are grouped into four distinct but complementary themes:
A Unique Child
Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self assured.
Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending childrens development and learning.
Learning and Development
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
We plan activities to meet the six areas covered by the early learning goals and education programmes. We aim to provide activities appropriate to each child’s individual development and to meet the needs of each child through careful assessment and planning.
In addition to the comprehensive learning programme already available at Kingfishers, we are also able to offer extra classes:
- French classes – children learn quickly and introducing another language is an ideal opportunity to start laying the foundations they will build on for future learning.
- MAD Academy – Fun,Funky, physical and packed full of singing, dancing, music, games, props and of course laughter.
- Multi-Sports – on rotation is football, hockey, tag rugby, tennis and cricket.
Qualified instructors will visit the nursery once a week to conduct these classes.There is an additional charge for these classes.
The Areas of Learning Are
Communication and Language
This 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.
This 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.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This 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.
This 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.
This development 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
This development 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
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.