Our Early Years key aim is to continue and extend the education which you, as parents/ carers, have begun at home to enable your child to foster a love of learning that will last a lifetime.
In September 2012, a new framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage was introduced to all Early Years settings from birth to five years. There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in Early Years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. The three Prime areas are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
Children in Early Years are also supported in four Specific areas, through which the three Prime areas are strengthened and applied. The Specific areas are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
At Quinton, we plan learning experiences considering both the children's individual needs and achievements as well as a range of learning experiences that will assist them to make progress. Well planned play is a key way in which children learn with enjoyment and challenge during the Foundation Stage. Children deepen their understanding by playing, talking, observing, planning, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating, reflecting and responding to adults and to each other.
Our learning environment is made up of areas which reflect all areas of the curriculum. Here children can make their own choices, encouraging them to play and explore. They can be active learners and are able to create and think critically. We operate an indoor/ outdoor learning experience for our young children, where they can move freely between both areas. Links are made between both learning environments, to ensure that all children receive a rich and varied curriculum that supports their learning and development.
We would like to welcome you and your family on the next step of their exciting learning journey.