How we learn in Early Years

Progress in Early years takes the form of purposely planned play-based learning and hands on experiences.

The children are very much involved in developing the curriculum for the termly Theme of Investigation leading the direction of inquiry. There are opportunities for children to work in both indoor and outdoor classrooms taking advantage of the wide variety of resources available to enhance their play. Loose parts and opportunities for open-ended imaginative play are always available and form the basis of life in Early Years.  Children love to be outside where we have lots of fun activities for them to choose, like gardening, creating special meals in the Mud Kitchen or letting their imaginations run free with the large construction blocks. In Early Years daily writing and number work is interwoven into the children’s play and discrete lessons develop overtime.

The prime areas of learning:

  • communication and language;
  • physical development; and
  • personal, social and emotional development.

The specific areas of learning:

  • literacy;
  • mathematics;
  • understanding the world; and
  • expressive arts and design.

Characteristics of effective learning:

  • playing and exploring;
  • active learning; and
  • creating and thinking critically.