Long term plan for the early years

Foundation stage

The practitioners at Kinderworld will use the Early Years Foundation Stage document as a key stepping stone in ensuring that they are assisting the children in their care and education, by helping them to develop and grow to meet their full potential through extending their thinking and nurturing their ideas.

A unique child

We are focused on ensuring that each child’s development, wellbeing, safety, and health are well catered for, as our aims are to ensure each child is treated as individual and are resilient, capable, competent self- assured learners.

Positive relationships

We will be promoting a calm and caring environment where each child has a key person who they and their family can develop a respectful relationship with the aim for them to be strong and independent.

Enabling environments

The children’s achievements and individual needs will be monitored and recorded so as they can be shared with the parents and if necessary with other professionals, in assisting and supporting the child’s development. We will provide a variety of activities and support to help children feel comfortable and secure when in transition, in to and around the nursery. We will also be encouraging them to feel part of the wider community by when possible; taking part in walks around the local area and inviting visitors in to the nursery.

Learning and development

Each child is treated as an individual in the recognition that all children learn and develop differently. This will be supported by the key people in the child’s life at nursery through planned and unplanned activities covering the seven areas of learning in The Early Year’s Foundation Stage:

Prime Areas:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children will have the opportunity to explore a range of activities to promote emotional, spiritual and moral development within social situations, and express their thoughts and feelings. We provide activities that will help the children to build confidence to try new activities. All staff working with children with behaviour or communication difficulties will be knowledgeable in how to help them in their development. Staff will be encouraging positive behaviour and support the children in transitions to the next group and school.

Physical Development

We will provide the children with a range of equipment, tools and materials, enabling them to develop their small and large motor skills with increasing control, confidence and co-ordination. Through doing this we will develop their sense of safety for themselves and others, also developing their awareness of their bodies; needs and changes. The adults will also encourage the children to participate in making healthy life style choices by providing nutritious food and opportunities for exercise and rest.

Communication and Language

We will encourage the children to communicate through a range of media to include speaking, listening and develop their ability to communicate through their use of their body such as facial expressions. We will encourage them to use their imagination to make sense of experiences they have had and to develop their own ideas and views. We will use lots of singing and stories to encourage listening and attention and speaking.

Specific Areas:

Mathematics

We will use Numeracy in lots of different activities to encourage counting, awareness of different shapes, size and measurements in the environment indoors as well as outdoors in both spontaneous activities and planned. We will promote calculating by looking at groups of different numbers, adding objects together and taking objects away. Through developing the children’s knowledge for Numeracy we shall be developing vocabulary and encouraging the children to begin to solve problems.

Understanding the World

We will encourage children to discuss, explore and explain familiar events from the past, present and for the future. The adults will support them to be interested in their own and others environments, families, cultures and beliefs. We will provide the children with the opportunity and guidance to build friendships through play. Children will be provided with the opportunities to explore and investigate objects to include ICT equipment such as computers and toys as well as construction techniques and materials.

Expressive Arts and Design

During the child’s time with us we will provide opportunities and resources for each child to explore a range of different media, materials and music. We will encourage imaginative play, and help them to respond to experiences through expression and communication in a variety of forms, physically and orally. The children will be guided and supported by practitioners through the encouragement of the child’s independence, confidence and imagination.

Literacy

During the children’s time here we will provide them with plenty of opportunities to become interested in books and rhymes and encourage them to become aware of the structure of stories and sounds. We will give them the opportunity to make marks and provide them with time to think about and discuss these.

The practitioners within the setting are continuously reflecting on practice and how children learn to provide the children with the opportunities to:

  • Play and explore
  • Be active learners
  • Think critically and be creative

Read more about Kinderworld activities:

Daily routines
Role of the key person

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