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Prime Areas of Learning and Development

Personal Social and Emotional 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. "

At Little Explorers staff are aware of the importance of attachment in relationships. All staff support children to develop confidence, autonomy and self-respect. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for themselves and are given time to pursue their learning without interruption. Through activities, non-verbal communication and spoken language children learn acceptable ways to express their own feelings and to have respect for the feelings of others. The learning environment and structure of the day provides consistency, ensuring that children feel safe and secure.

Communication and Language 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."

At Little Explorers children are provided with opportunities to share and enjoy a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, rhymes, music songs and stories from all cultures. Puppets and other props are used to encourage listening and responding when singing a familiar song or reading a story from a story book. Daily group times provide regular periods when individuals listen to others, sharing an experience or describing something they have done.

Physical Development

" involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and to movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food."

At Little Explorers staff encourage children to be active and help them develop fine and gross movement skills through providing play resources including small world toys; construction sets; threading and posting toys, malleable and cooking activities. Mealtimes provide the opportunity to promote children's understanding of hygiene and healthy eating and allows them to pour their drinks and serve their food. The garden offers children the space and time to be outdoors with the freedom to explore and be physically active in a variety of ways using a range or equipment.

Specific Areas of Learning and Development

Literacy 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 to ignite their interest."

At Little Explorers the environment is rich in print providing children with the opportunity to learn about words and language. Staff provide activities for children to experiment making marks, write for a purpose and begin to use conventional script. Opportunities for literacy are offered in both the indoor and outdoor learning environment through a variety of activities.


" 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."

At Little Explorers staff support children by ensuring that a range of mathematical resources are readily available both indoors and outdoors. Daily opportunities are provided to investigate number, shape space and measures through everyday routines, sand and water and songs and stories. Children are encouraged to problem solve in their play and are provided with activities to develop mathematical concepts and vocabulary. Collections of natural resources are readily available for children to sort, order, count and label in their play.

Understanding the World

" 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."

At Little Explorers the learning environment, indoors and outdoors, includes a wide range of resources, books and activities to stimulate children's interests and curiosity and help to develop their enquiring minds. The outdoor environment is used to allow children to become familiar with the natural world and the changing seasons. Staff support children in using a range of ICT equipment incorporating technology resources that children recognise into their play.

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 technology."

Staff value children's own ideas and support them in expressing and communicating their thoughts. A wide range of materials, resources and sensory experiences are provided to enable children to explore colour, texture and space. Opportunities to develop imaginative play are provided indoors and outdoors and support the different interests of children. Songs, rhymes and music are experienced daily through play and planned group times. The use of CD's, ribbon sticks and musical instruments encourage children to respond spontaneously to different types of music.

If you have any questions about the Curriculum, please contact us on 01359 232111 and we will happy to discuss them with you.

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