Children learn by exploring the world around them. At Honeybear, we offer each child the chance to play, learn and develop their experiences and all round development. Learning through play is embraced throughout the nursery. There are opportunities for children to play both in large and small groups as well as individually. This helps to develop social skills and self-confidence.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The EYFS sets the standards that we must meet to ensure each child in our care learns and develops in a safe and healthy environment. The EYFS promotes teaching and learning to ensure that all children have a broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for future progress.
The EYFS principles, which guide the way we work, are grouped into four distinct but complementary themes:
- A unique child
- Positive relationships
- Enabling environments
- Learning and development
As a nursery we aim to deliver individualised learning, development and care to the children in our setting and every child is supported to make progress at their own pace.
There are seven areas covered by the Early Learning goals and educational programmes, these are:
1. Prime areas
- 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.
- Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
- Communication and language 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.
2. Specific areas
- Literacy 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 (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
- Mathematics 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.
- 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.
- 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 and technology.
We ensure that all our children are fully prepared for school and that they are happy and confident.
All children have a learning journey which begins from their first day. This follows your child’s progress with 3 monthly progress reports, development records, observations, photographs and children’s own work. We encourage parents to write comments in their child’s learning journey about how they are developing at home.
Each nursery has a Special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) who oversees the learning and development for any child in the setting with a special educational need. They work in partnership with the parent and child’s key worker in order to ensure that the child’s needs are fully met and appropriate learning opportunities take place.