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Curriculum
Play, Learning and the Curriculum

The Department of Education has issued a Statutory Framework, known as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The framework sets out the requirements for the care of young children relating to Learning, Development and Welfare.

The EYFS framework below sets the UK standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five.

A Unique Child + Positive Relationships + Enabling Environments = Learning and Development

Parents are kept informed of the development of their child's progress within the four principles the EYFS framework through regular dialogue with their child's key worker and through the individual Learning Journey folder of each child. The areas of learning and development are implemented through planned, purposeful play with a mix of adult-led and child initiated activity. Play is essential for child to develop, build confidence as they learn to explore, think about problems and relate to others. There is an ongoing judgement made by the team at Little Stars as to how each child is developing as they grow older and as their development allows. It is expected that the balance will gradually over time shift towards more activities led by adults to help children prepare for more formal learning, ready for Primary school reception and Year 1.

Below are four principles on how Little Stars pre-school adopt:

A Unique Child
At Little Stars we focus on how children develop; we recognise they are all different, but should be treated equally. Positive relationships and good communication are vital. Children need to learn about risks and safety, how to make good choices and how to stick to boundaries. We make every attempt to provide full opportunity for each child to do their best and we achieve this by ensuring their physical and emotional needs are met during their time with us.
Little Stars Emotional Development

Positive Relationships
We support children in learning to manage their feelings and build relationships. We respect all kinds of families and aim to develop a positive two-way relationship with parents. We will support, listen and work with the children at Little Stars to help them learn. Each child has a key person during their time at the setting to support and comfort your child during their time with us, and to build profiles and support play and learning.

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Enabling Environments
We plan and check on each child's progress and make every attempt to involve parents and the local community. We ensure that inside and outside spaces of the nursery are safe, interesting and engaging. We support children in their transitions by working with families and other settings: working as a team to help children succeed.
Little Stars Emotional Development

Learning and Development

Little Stars focuses on ensuring young children learn through play and exploration, with support for each individual. We encourage children to develop imagination, to get actively involved in learning and to make decisions. We make every attempt to develop children's creative and critical thinking, balancing the need for both the children and adults to lead the learning.

We work towards the following specific goals to help us all work within the EYFS framework:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development, helping to build confidence, concentration, independence and respect. This helps build positive sense of themselves and others and develop social skills and behaviour in groups.
  • Communication, Language, developing speaking and listening skills and begin to express themselves with a range of experiences encountered.
  • Mathematics, focusing on number work to develop skills in counting, understand using numbers, describe shapes, spaces and measures.
  • Understanding of the World, helping children investigate and think about their place in the world. Provide opportunities to explore observe and find out about people, places and the environment.
  • Physical Development, relating to developing co-ordination, control and movement and understand importance of physical activity as well as healthy choices in relation to food.
  • Literacy, encourage children to link sounds and letters with aim to begin to read and write using variety of resources to generate interest.
  • Expressive arts and Design , enable children to explore and play with range of materials with opportunities to share thoughts, ideas and feelings in engaging in activities like art, music, movement, role play and technology
Little Stars Knowledge and Understanding

Every Child A Talker (ECAT)
Little Stars Pre-School are part of 'Every Child a Talker' (ECAT) Programme. This programme is designed to strengthen all children's language development by ensuring we are providing a developmentally appropriate, supportive and stimulating environment in which children can enjoy experimenting with and learning language. We work in partnership with parents to determine next steps for individual children.

The setting has also introduced EARLY READING CONNECTS which looks at strengthening literacy development in children under the age of five. It emphasizes on the importance of early reading to children and parental involvement in this. As a result of this we have included books in most areas of the nursery which link to that particular area of learning and development and parents have also been advised about the importance of reading to their children. Every week the children are given a book to be taken at home to read with their parents which is returned back.
Little Stars Physical Development Activities
Phonics Sounds and Letters & Additional Activities provided
Little Stars Pre-School follow the Phonics: Letters and Sounds programme and plan activities to support and encourage children though fun activities that promote speaking and listening skills. In addition, there are other activities mostly in morning group conducted like cookery once a week, ICT, stretch and grow lessons or music and movement giving each child a varied experience developed during their time with use of outdoor canopy area for creative development.

Children's Centres
Harrow's children's centres provide services to meet the needs of children and families. They provide a central location where families can access information and services Little Stars Pre-School is affiliated to Whitefriars Children's Centre. For details you can Telephone: 020 8861 3036 Whitefriars First and Middle School and Children's Centre, Whitefriars Avenue, Wealdstone, Middlesex, HA3 5RQ
Computer Activity at Preschool

Little Stars Pre-School believe it is vital that parents understand that the pre-school years should be fun and exciting for all. Play and free choice activities will be considered to be very much part of the daily routine and allow the children to develop independence at their own pace.

 

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