At the ESF Language & Learning the children grow up to be confident and independent with the help of a creative environment full of love from our qualified staff who observe and listen carefully to the children’s interests and understand how children learn in order to plan activities that are real and meaningful in their lives.
The EYFS sets the standards that all early years’ providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.
It promotes teaching and learning to ensure 'school readiness' and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
During the academic year teachers plan the children’s learning around different themes. During school hours, children are involved in a range of creative activities – singing, dancing, painting, printing, collage, cutting, threading…etc. There are plenty of opportunities for free and structured play such as puzzles, role-play, modelling with play dough or clay.
From the age of 2 children are ready for more challenging play. They have bags of energy and are keen to try out new activities.
From 0-2 the focus has been on the 'prime' areas of learning, but at this stage practitioners will build on new skills that your child is developing. Activities will be set up (often on a theme) and independent play will be encouraged to focus on the 4 'specific' areas of learning:
Our 2-year old rooms have cosy book corners, both inside and out (on indoor play area), for children to relax and enjoy reading when they feel like it. Our practitioners are also on hand to read aloud to them.
In this age group the children are involved with a lot of activities that are important for the development of their fine motor skills. For this we have special pre-writing skill activities for every child. Classrooms are planned for mark making activities, both indoors and on our indoor play area, including chalkboards, paint, sand and mud.
Each session contains circle time, when the children come together to sing new songs and rhymes. These are repeated until children come to recognise and join in with them. Musical instruments, parachutes and vividly coloured scarves are used as props to enhance the activity and encourage movement and dance.
Each session will end with a good bye circle and tidying away at the end of the day becomes part of the activity, bringing in social responsibility and an awareness of others.
In numeracy the children can count reliably up to 5 objects independently and also understand what “one more” or “one less” from group of up to five objects. All the other areas of development fall according to the activities.
Tables are laid out in the Pre-K room for children to sit down and draw or paint, or use play dough for modelling. They can also make marks on walls and floor area.
Other areas and activities are set up for role play activities, with kitchens indoors and on the play area, play houses, café/dining areas, dressing up clothes, feeding and sleeping areas for dolls, hairdressing salons etc.
Themed play introduces children to their world. The learning is also taking place everywhere in the Centre, with areas laid out for planting and digging; messy play in sand or with water; bells, chimes, pots and pans for music making; toys for stacking or construction.
All the time your child's key person will continue to make observations and record individual progress in their learning journal. We hope that you will share your own observations with them too, so that activities can be planned to build on new stages in their development.