Learning and Development
“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and five have a major impact upon their future life chances.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (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 children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives a broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life”
At Poplars, as we follow the EYFS, we commit to ensuring that our provision, daily activities and resources not only meet, but go above and beyond the statutory requirements to provide the best possible learning experiences.
The learning and development requirements are met by providing an exciting and stimulating atmosphere in which children develop with enjoyment and enthusiasm. We plan for children’s needs with the clear principle that “every child is unique” and this remains at the forefront of our thinking when planning for a child’s learning. We have a detailed, but comprehensive planning system in place to support children’s play and exploration both in and outdoors.
We ensure that learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult led and child initiated activity. Our staff are enthusiastic and excited about developing children’s skills. They regularly share ideas and successful ways of working, activities and provision amongst one another. Our enthusiastic team impact positively upon the children’s levels of motivation and the atmosphere is one of fun, creativity, exploration and engagement.
Our educational programme ensures that the 7 areas of learning and development are provided through an effectively balanced planning system of both adult led and child- initiated activities. Staff are highly skilled in being in tune to the individual interests and needs of the children and through effective observations, they use the information gathered to inform, assess and plan for the next steps in the individual’s learning. A comprehensive plan covering the areas of learning is evaluated daily and then re- evaluated and enhanced, based upon the children’s interests, in preparation for the next day. This means that the provision and the environment is always current, stimulating and reflective of the children’s wants and needs. Staff understand each child in their care and they know how they learn. They guide children towards learning whilst engaging in play or social activities. The children are regularly encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas regarding provision. This is done through a variety of methods such as brain storming sessions, circle time activities and individual discussions, placing value and importance upon children’s input.
Learning Journeys are a documented record of your child’s progress, successes and achievements. These records capture your children’s progress and ultimately depict the journey they have made in their learning. Information is gathered from purposeful activities, daily monitoring and generally observing their play. Staff use their professional judgement and extensive knowledge about the EYFS to assess learning outcomes.
These very comprehensive recordings are then logged in their individual on line learning journeys which are shared with parents via a digital app. Staff input into these with photographs and short videos and make comments about what has taken place. Staff make links to the Areas of Learning about the outcomes and achievements and plan the child’s next steps accordingly. This kind of recording format allows us to share information and update parents on the learning and progress that is being made
We recognise and value the input of our parents in this process and welcome any information which supports or extends their child’s learning and development. We love to hear about children’s successes at home, activities and experiences that they have enjoyed and new skills they are acquiring. With parents sharing this information through the app, the Learning Journeys, in turn become another useful tool for staff to provide activities and resources that are relevant, purposeful and of interest to that child. Like wise, with the ongoing access and updates for parents, activities and themes can be extended at home, creating a cycle of continuous learning and development And……. what nicer way than to learn and develop through play.