Little Wombles follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. The EYFS framework details how and what children should be learning from birth to five years of age.
As the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage states:
"The EYFS sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children's 'school readiness' and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life."
There are seven areas of learning and development in the EYFS:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
These seven areas are used to plan the children's daily activities and learning experiences at Little Wombles. Our children are encouraged to have enquiring minds and to learn through play, exploration, physical and creative activity. The curriculum is implemented through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities.
Every child is an individual and therefore each child at Little Wombles is encouraged to learn at their own pace. Through careful observation and planning, children are given individual 'next steps' for their development and learning.
Each child is assigned a Key Person (a named member of staff) who is responsible for a small group of children. The Key Person helps those children in the group to settle quickly and feel safe and cared for as well as supporting their emotional and physical needs. Your child's Key Person is accessible and available as a point of contact for parents and carers and builds a relationship with the family. Records of development and care are created and shared by the Key Person, parents and child.
The children are also given regular access to learning activities on Ipads.
Throughout an average day at Little Wombles your child will engage in a wide range of activities such as some of those listed below:
- Problem solving
- Reading / Story time
- Messy play
- Role play / Dressing up
- Nature walks
- Sand and water play
- Gluing and sticking
A new topic is introduced each month e.g. Seasons, The Seaside, The Farm, and the Early Years Foundation Stage is incorporated into these topics.