At Saint Panteleimon Nursery School, our environment is organised around the Seven Areas of Learning and Development of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) and the Characteristics of Effective Learning (COEL).
Prime Areas of the EYFS
Communication and Language
Developing this involves the child being provided with opportunities to experience a rich language environment in order to develop their vocabulary as much as possible. Their confidence and abilities when expressing themselves should also be developed as should the child's ability to speak and listen in various situations.
This involves ensuring opportunities are provided for young children to be physically active and to develop their co-ordination, body control and movement. Children should also be assisted to understand the importance of physical activity and healthy choices in relation to food so as to understand the connection between these and a healthy lifestyle.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others. They should also be assisted in forming positive relationships and developing respect for others, developing their social skills and learning how to manage their feelings. Children should be develop confidence in their own abilities and appropriate behaviour in groups.
Specific Areas of the EYFS
Expressive Arts & Design
Development should involve encouraging children to link sounds to letters and beginning to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest.
Development should involve providing children with opportunities to improve skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction and describing shapes, spaces and measures.
Development should involve guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe, interact and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Development should involve enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance role-play and design and technology.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
Playing and Exploring
Children investigate, experience things and "have a go".
Finding out and exploring
Playing with what they know
Being willing to have a go
Children concentrate and continue to try even when faced with difficulties and obstacles. They enjoy achievements.
Being involved and concentrating
Continuing to try
Enjoy achieving what they set out to accomplish
Creating and Thinking Critically
Children develop and have their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies for doing things.
Having their own ideas
Choosing their own ways to do things