Children learn as they play. Learning as they play helps children learn skills, such as exploring new objects and activities, developing and applying new skills, developing communication skills, learning to work with others and developing imagination and creativity.
At TCCL children will be engaged in different activities throughout their session based on their interests, events in the world and levels of development, both inside and outside. Children will play by themselves, with an adult or in a small group.
Practitioners will set up activities for children to explore and use and children can also chose their own activities and resources independently. Each base room has their own daily routine which includes activities such as Circle time, Music and Movement, Messy play, Creative play and much more.
The EYFS (2014) curriculum is based around seven areas of learning and development. For children under two, we concentrate on three Prime Areas:
- Communication and Language
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
These areas cover the knowledge and skills required to form the foundations of formal learning. The Prime Areas develop through effective relationships and experiences, supporting learning in all others areas and remain fundamental throughout the EYFS.
The four Specific Areas of learning and development grow from the Prime Areas and provide important opportunities for extending knowledge:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
At TCCL we use regular observations of children as they play, learn and socialise to highlight their current interests and learning or development aims. These observations inform the children’s individual planning and help us to track their progress as well as identify specific needs. Planning is displayed inside the base rooms and used by the staff to map out a set of weekly activities focussed around children’s next steps and interests.
Each child’s progress is individually assessed and recorded on a regular basis through observations and additional assessments, and these are freely available for parents to see at any time in their learning journals on their child’s Baby’s Days account.
The Staff are fully aware of the importance of making learning fun and we endeavour to incorporate the children’s learning in a relaxed atmosphere. We present a wide range of activities, which promote your child’s physical, intellectual, emotional and social skills as well as language development. These skills will be developed through both organised and free play, which stimulates initiative, intuition and imagination.
Each day the children participate in some form of physical activity such as movement to music, dancing or singing games. We encourage creativity by offering a different activity each day. These include painting, gluing, cutting, and drawing, thereby allowing your child to explore and experiment with a wide and varied selection of materials. The children participate in cooking and gardening, which forms part of our seasonal curriculum. Story-telling and singing are everyday occurrences thus encouraging language and intellectual skills and enhancing your child’s confidence and ability to communicate.