Play and the Early Years Foundation Stage
Play and the Early Years
Play is not only fun, it gives the children the opportunity to develop strategies for future learning. But there is more to play than meets the eye. We provide secure indoor and outdoor environments and the adult support so you child can learn through play.
This enables them to:
- Explore, develop and represent learning experiences that can help them make sense of the world.
- Practice and build ideas, concepts and skills.
- Learn how to control impulses and understand the need for rules.
- Be alone, be alongside others or cooperate as they talk or rehearse their feelings.
- Take risks and make mistakes.
- Think creatively and imaginatively.
- Communicate with others as they investigate or solve problems.
- Express fears or relive anxious experiences in controlled and safe situations.
Early Years Foundation Stage at The Buchan Nursery
Our main objective is to ensure the children are welcomed into a caring and nurturing environment which is adapted to suit their own individual needs. We are committed to providing an excellent standard of care comprising of nurture and encouragement.
Children develop at different rates and in different ways. Through careful observation, understanding developmental milestones and carefully following the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) we can monitor this development within the nursery. Staff at the nursery are highly trained and experienced. We ensure that children who require more challenging activities are identified and are provided with stimulating and challenging activities. Our nursery staff work closely with the teachers at The Buchan School to ensure the sharing of resources and opportunities. We aim to make the transition from nursery to Pre-Prep or Reception as seamless as possible.
The Early Years Foundation Stage applies to children from birth to the end of the Reception year. It is based upon four principles:
A Unique Child – At the Buchan Nursery we recognise that every child is a competent learner and we endeavour to support children in becoming resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. We value the diversity of individuals and recognise that children develop in individual ways and at varying rates.
Enabling Environments – We understand that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development. Our learning areas are organised to allow children to explore and learn, and to locate equipment and resources independently. We have an enclosed outdoor area which is designed to have a positive effect on children’s development. It offers children the opportunities to explore, use their senses and be physically active and exuberant.
Positive Relationships - We recognise children learn to be strong and independent from secure relationships. We aim to develop caring, respectful and professional relationships with children and their families. We recognise the role that parents play in educating children and we value the contribution you make.
Learning and Development - This is divided into the 7 areas of learning following the EYFS.
3 Prime Areas:
- Personal, Social & Emotional Development
- Communication, Language & Literacy
- Physical Development
And 4 Specific Areas:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design