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How will my child will be learning?

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.  Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first.

These are: 

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development; and
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.

These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world; and
  • Expressive arts and design.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.

Partnership with parents

Our setting recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. We aim to support parents and encourage them to:

  • Be involved in their child's development records by exchanging knowledge about their children's needs, activities, interests and progress with the staff.
  • Help at sessions of the setting.
  • Share their own special interests with the children.
  • Help to provide, make and look after the equipment and materials used in the children's play activities.
  • Get involved when we organise fundraising activities.
  • Coming along to events that we hold during the year.
  • Build friendships with other parents in the setting.

As a parent, how can I help with my child’s learning?

All the fun activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development, and have a really long lasting effect on your child’s learning as they progress through school.

Even when your child is very young and is not yet able to talk, talking to them helps them to learn and understand new words and ideas. If you make the time every day to do some of the following things with your child it will make a real difference to your child’s confidence as a young learner.

We have a range of resources that families and carers are free to borrow to support learning at home.  Pop in and speak to one of the team if you would like to find out more.