In line with its statutory obligations Ladybirds Nursery delivers the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS). It is based on seven subject areas that combine together to make up the skills, knowledge and experiences that babies and children acquire as they grow, learn and develop. The prime areas are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language. These are vital because they underpin development across the other four specific areas – literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design. The specific areas grow out of the prime areas and provide important contexts for learning.
The developmental statements in these areas help practitioners to identify and plan for the children’s individual interests and abilities.
At Ladybirds Nursery learning and development are underpinned by the three characteristics of effective learning:
1.Playing and exploring – engagement
Finding out and exploring
Playing with what they know
Being willing to ‘have a go’
2. Active learning – motivation
Being involved and concentrating
Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
3. Creating and thinking critically – thinking
Having their own ideas
Choosing ways to do things