Learning and Teaching in our Nursery

Schools and early years providers have to follow a structure of learning, development and care for children from birth to five years old. This is called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and it enables your child to learn through a range of activities.  

The earliest years of a child’s life are about helping children to become effective learners 
Playing and exploring - children find out about the world by exploring and playing, both inside and outdoors. They develop their confidence and are willing to “have a go”. Challenging equipment helps them to learn about weighing up risks. The children are kept safe, whilst being encouraged and supported to challenge themselves in their development.
For example: all children take part in  cooking, and learn about the safe use of the equipment. When it rains, they can go outside in all-weather clothing and boots - they can experience all kinds of different weather. 
Active learning - children learn hands-on, following their interests and setting their curiosity on fire. This helps them to develop their concentration and to keep on trying if they find things difficult. When children have done something by themselves, they will feel very pleased with themselves. 
For example: children learn about life-cycles by planting seeds, caring for plants, and looking after caterpillars and watching them change into butterflies. 
Being creative - children are encouraged to develop their own ideas. They have time to think creatively, finding their own solutions to problems and getting ideas from other people. 
For example: children showed their ideas about buildings through drawing, painting and making models. They had to work out how to fix their models together using glue, sellotape and paperclips , or how to balance structures using blocks.
Three things you can do to help your child’s learning 
There are lots of things you can do to help your child’s learning - here are three that are especially important: 
Share a book, a story or a song with your child every day. 
Make time to listen and talk to your child. Have times when you keep your mobile  out of sight so that you can talk together! 
Make time for your child to play every day, inside and outdoors. Join in if you enjoy that, or help brothers and sisters play together, or arrange for other children to come round to play, or meet in the park.

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