LEARNING AT RAINBOW
Rainbow Nursery endeavours to plan a curriculum rich in play opportunities. This curriculum is known as the Early Years Foundation Stage which is a balance of child-initiated and adult led experiences.
We have established and sustained a: safe, welcoming, purposeful and encouraging environment where children feel confident and secure, and are able to develop and learn. As a positive community nursery, it is our ultimate aim to create an environment where partnership with families and parent/carers at home and in the setting, nurtures children and helps them to develop and improve their outcomes for learning.
The nursery follows the Early Years Foundation stage framework (EYFS). At Rainbow, we have made this a bespoke play based curriculum which holistically embraces the 7 areas of leaning as well as acknowledging different theorist within our approach.
Within the EYFS Framework practitioners provide activities and make assessment judgements based on the seven areas of learning:
3 Prime Areas and 4 Specific Areas:
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Involves children being provided with the opportunity to experience a language rich environment; develop confidence in expressing their wants, needs and feelings and being able to speak and listen in a variety of contexts.
Involves children being encouraged to be interactive and active in their learning and develop control, coordination and movement. They are supported in understanding the importance of physical activity and how to make informed healthy choices at meal times.
Involves supporting children in developing a strong, positive sense of themselves, and of others; form strong attachments and relationships and develop respect for others to develop their social skills and learn how to effectively manage their feelings. This area also supports the children in understanding appropriate behaviour and develops confidence in their own abilities.
Encourages children to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest.
Encourages opportunities to develop and improve counting skills, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, space and measures.
Involves supporting children in making sense of the world around them and their community by providing opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
When planning and guiding activities practitioners will reflect upon the different ways that children learn and ensure they utilise this within their practice.
The Characteristics of Effective Learning are:
Supports children’s engagement and investigation and to experience things through being willing to ‘have a go’
Supports children’s motivation to learn by helping develop their concentration, ability and will to keep trying when challenges occur and celebration of completing a task.
Supports children’s thinking skills through developing ideas, making links between differing ideas and create strategies for completing a task.