The Early Years Foundation Stage
Paddock Early Years Unit is a happy and exciting place to learn! Children join us with a wide range of knowledge and skills and our role is to value what they can already do, assess their needs and help them progress over their time with us.
Parents or carers are children’s first educators and we believe that by working together we can guide children to develop personally, socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically, creatively and intellectually to their full potential. We do this through various means:-
- informal chats on arrival or collection where appropriate;
- daily workshop sessions on arrival (Nursery Oaks);
- half-termly Literacy and Numeracy workshops;
- reports and Parent Days where we can talk in greater detail about a child and their progress.
In addition, we try and support parents when needed and can always arrange a meeting if issues have to be discussed more formally.
Our curriculum is very creative and we encourage children to become independent learners using the skills and knowledge we have taught them. Underpinning any academic learning is their Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language and Physical Development.
Reception children have daily Literacy and Mathematics sessions which are relevant and meaningful to their stage of development. We accomplish this by a mixture of teaching whole class and small ability based groups at an achievement appropriate level. We introduce children in Nursery (Oaks) to early Literacy skills by planning from the Letters and Sounds Phase 1 document for group activities. Basic Mathematics skills are also introduced during carpet sessions. We use the continuous curriculum for all children to support the development of their linguistic and numeric skills and will help develop these as we play and talk alongside them.
We aim to support all children to become independent learners who work with other children and can take turns and share resources. The early year’s education we offer is based on the following principles:-
- To provide a happy, safe, stimulating and challenging environment and programme of learning and development as they begin their journey through school;
- To provide a broad, balanced, relevant and creative curriculum that will set in place firm foundations for further learning and development in Key Stage 1 and beyond - a curriculum which enables choice and decision making and fosters independence and self-confidence;
- To offer a structure for learning that has a range of starting points, content that matches the needs of young children and activities that provide opportunities for learning both indoors and outdoors;
- To provide a caring and inclusive learning environment which is sensitive to the requirements of the individual child including those who have additional needs, one which ensures no child is excluded or disadvantaged.
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Children move to the Oaks room when they are 3. Look at some of the fantastic things they learn to do......