The Early Years department at Elleray Park follow the Eyfs curriculum which is based upon the Development Matters document. The children's progress is recorded in incremental steps that they achieve as they develop through age bands from 0-12 months to 40-60 months and where applicable, the early learning goals.
The curriculum is based on the 7 areas of learning which fall within two categories - Prime and Specific.
The prime areas are -
The specific areas are -
In order for learning to take place we have to embed Attention, Engagement and Enjoyment. At Elleray Park we use a range of strategies to support children's access into learning -
Our Curriculum includes -
Learning through play
Children's play activities are specific to the children and are skill based, ensuring their learning continues throughout.
Enhancements are built into each area of learning to promote skills and thinking. These can be linked to a topic or specific skill and are designed to challenge the children in the play areas.
Some of the play areas that we use are - blocks/construction, malleable, sand water, small world, fine motor, writing, computer/smart board, role play, paint, maths, outdoor provision and book area. Although they are always available in class, they are rotated periodically.
We promote turn taking/sharing skills, exploration of new materials and tolerating parallel play with others.
Why is outdoor play so important?
Our curriculum is child centered and specific to each child's needs, abilities and interests. Much of our learning is experiential, sensory and hands on which ensures we are fully involved and engaged. We work hard on developing concentration skills and developing attention from starting school to provide our children with the skills for life that they will need to make great progress on their individual journeys throughout school.