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OUR CURRICULUM


Our curriculum draws the best from many and not only one, early years’ doctrine, combining the elements that have stood the test of time and provide a sound learning scaffolding on which your child’s school career can be built.  We seamlessly integrate care and learning, paying attention to the all-round well-being of your child.

 

In order for your child to benefit from all that the First Place curriculum provides we offer a platinum package which incorporates our extra- curricular activities there by giving a broad early years’ experience. As your child progresses through nursery, we will ensure that they are challenged and fulfilled. We provide tailor made packages to help them settle in, prepare them for assessments and moving on to school.


The revised Early Years’ Foundation Stage (EYFS) introduced into all nursery settings in September 2012, does not require us to work differently from the way we always have; the way that has guaranteed future success for our ‘graduates’.  We share its principles, which are already embedded in our practice.  We take time to stay up to date with research and developments in the early years, adopting a continuous review-evaluation-development cycle for continuously improving our programme.


The principles of the revised EYFS which guide the work of all early years’ practitioners are grouped into four themes.  These four themes work together to underpin effective practice in the delivery of the EYFS.


A Unique child – every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, 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 Environment – the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.

Learning and Development – children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally and inter-connected.
The EYFS is made up of seven areas of Learning and Development.  These include three prime areas of learning which are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development and four specific areas of learning which are Mathematics, Understanding of the World, Expressive Art and Design and Literacy.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development
At First Place children are provided with experiences and support which help them to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others; respect for others; social skills; and a positive disposition to learn.  We support the children’s emotional well-being helping them to know themselves and what they can do.

 

Communication and Language
At First Place children’s learning and competence in communicating, speaking and listening, is supported and extended.  We proved opportunity and encouragement for the children to use their skills in a range of situations and for a range of purposes, and we support the children in developing the confidence and disposition to do so.

 

Physical Development
At First Place the physical development of babies and young children is encouraged through the provision of opportunities for them to be active and interactive and to improve their skills of co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement.  We support the children to use all of their senses to learn about the world around them and to make convections between new information and what they already know.  We help them to develop an understanding of the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices in relation to food.

 

Mathematics
At First Place we support the children to develop their understanding of mathematics in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn and practise and talk about their understanding.  We provide the children with opportunities to practise and extend their skills in these areas and to gain confidence and competence in their use.

 

Understanding of the World
We support the children in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world.  Their learning is supported by offering opportunities for them to use a range of tools safely; encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real-life situations.  They undertake practical ‘experiments’; and work with a range of materials.

 

Expressive Art and Design
At First Place a child’s creativity is extended by the provision of support for their curiosity, exploration and play.  We provide opportunities to explore, share thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of art, movement, dance, imaginative and role play activities and design and technology.  Through continuous improvement our carefully structured and well-balance curriculum has delivered the best outcomes for a successful start at school.

 

Literacy
At First Place children’s literacy skills are developed by being read to regularly, exploring books independently and by being supported and extended when children are beginning to read and write.  We proved opportunity and encouragement for the children to use their skills in a range of situations and for a range of purposes, and we support the children in developing the confidence and disposition to do so.