Children start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by Sevington Playgroup helps children to continue to learn by providing children with interesting activities that are right for their age and stage of development.
The curriculum at Sevington Playgroup is based on the 'Early Years Foundation Stage' framework (published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families).
This is divided into the following four themes and principles;
- A Unique Child - Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be capable, confident and self-assured.
- Positive Relationships - Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and / or a key person.
- Enabling Environments - The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning.
- Learning & Development - Children develop and learn in different ways and at a different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.
- For each of these themes there are early learning goals which set out the expectations for most children to reach by the end of their reception year in school. There are three prime areas and four specific areas covered by the early learning goals and educational programmes;
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
By the end of the "Early Years Foundation Stage" some children's progress will have advanced to beyond the set goals and some children, depending on their individual needs, will still be working towards them. At Sevington we are continually tracking each child's progress to enable us to provide the right play activities to help the children move towards their individual achievements.
Play helps all young children learn and develop. Here at Sevington when we plan play some of the children decide how they will use the activity and in others an adult takes the lead in helping the children to take part. If you would like to know more about either the 'Early Years Foundation Stage' or the early learning goals then please see any member of staff who will be happy to show you the relevant documents. You can also read more on the government website; www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/eyfs