Our aims at Uley Playgroup

 

If a child’s school days are the best days of their life, we want to help them develop a secure
foundation so they are ready to make the most of them from day one! This is also known as their
“school readiness”. Working in partnership with their parents, we aim to provide a high-quality
early learning environment with opportunities to awaken their curiosity, nurture their thirst to
know and do more, help them to develop a strong sense of themselves and what they can achieve
as well as the ability to forge meaningful relationships with adults and their peers.


The learning opportunities will ensure an equality of opportunity so that each child is able to
progress at their own pace within a secure environment where they feel safe and known. All
activities and learning opportunities will meet the learning and development requirements of the
Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2021.


The Framework defines what all settings must do, comprising of the seven areas of learning and
development which must shape activities and experiences; advice on how to help children work
towards the early learning goals that children should reach at the end of their Reception year; the
assessment arrangements for measuring and reporting children’s progress to you and asking for
your input to ensure we have an all-round view of a child, and the safeguarding and welfare
requirements that settings must take to keep your child safe and to promote their welfare.


There are three prime areas of learning as they have been identified as being crucial to children’s
ability to develop and share their curiosity and enthusiasm for learning (Communication and
Language), to enjoy being active and learn how to look after themselves (Physical development)
and getting to know themselves and how to build friendships with others (Personal, social and
emotional development).


They are supported and supplemented by four specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics,
Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. These help settings to broaden the
range of activities or opportunities available to children and in which they can apply their
knowledge or understanding of the prime areas.


It also describes four guiding principles that we (along with every Early Years settings) should
embed in our practice:


Every child is a unique child and our key workers will encourage their key children to
explore opportunities to learn, and to develop their ability to be resilient, confident and
self-assured;


Positive relationships with our staff and with their peers will, in turn, help children in our
care to learn how to be strong and independent;


Enabling environments with teaching and support from adults who, by responding
to children’s interests and needs, will encourage them to play an active part in their
learning and development by challenging themselves to try something new, to have
another go or even try to do something better.


Learning & development can mean different things to different children as they can
develop and learn at different rates, or may have additional needs. Our experienced staff
will always take the time to get to know each child in order to understand where they are
in their development and how best to support their progress including working with you
and other agencies such as speech and language therapists.

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