The Guidance Divides Children’s Learning And Development Into 7 Areas
Children learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by Laugh n Learn helps children to continue to do this by providing all children with interesting activities that are right for their age and stage of development.
The curriculum we follow is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which sets the standards for the learning, care and development of all children from birth to 5 years. You can be confident that we are committed to delivering the quality of education that your child is entitled to.
Personal, Social & Emotional Development
- Having a positive approach to learning and finding out about the world around them.
- Having confidence in themselves and their ability to do things and valuing their own achievements.
- Being able to get on, work and make friendships with other people, both children and adults.
- Becoming aware of, and being able to keep to the rules which we all need to help us to look after ourselves, other people and our environment.
- Being able to dress and undress themselves, and look after their personal hygiene needs.
- Being able to expect to have their ways of doing things respected and to respect other people’s ways of doing things.
Communication & Language
- Being able to use conversation with one other person, in small groups and in large groups to talk with and listen to others;
- Adding to their vocabulary by learning the meaning of, and being able to use, new words;
- Being able to use words to describe their experiences;
Getting to know the sounds and letters which make up the words we use;
- Listening to and talking about stories;
- Knowing how to handle books and that they can be a source of stories and information;
- Knowing the purpose for which we use writing;
- Making their own attempts at writing.
- Gaining control over the large movements which we can make with our arms, legs and bodies, so they can run, jump, hop, skip, roll, climb, balance and lift.
- Gaining control over the small movements we can make with our arms, wrists and hands, so they can pick up and use objects, tools and materials.
- Learning about the importance of their bodies and how to look after themselves.
- Building up ideas about How Many, How Much, How Far, and How Big;
- Building up ideas about patterns, the shape of objects and parts of objects and the amount of space taken up by objects;
- Starting to understand that numbers help us to answer questions about How Many, How Much, How Far, and How Big;
- Building up ideas about how to use counting and to find out How Many;
- Being introduced to finding the result of adding more or taking away from the amount we already have.
- Getting to know the sounds and letters which make up the words we use
- Knowing how to handle books and that they can be a source of stories and information
- Listening to and talking about stories
- Knowing the purpose of which we use writing
- Making their own attempts at writing
Understanding Of The World
- Finding out about the natural world and how it works;
- Finding out about the made world and how it works;
- Learning how to choose and use the right tools for a task;
- Learning about computers, how to use them, and what they can help us do;
- Starting to put together ideas about past and present and the links between them;
- Beginning to learn about their locality and its special features;
- Learning about their own and other cultures.
Expressive Arts & Design
- Using paint, materials, music, dance, words, stories and role-play to express ideas.
- Becoming interested in the way that paint, materials, music, dance, words, stories and role-play can be used to express ideas and feelings.
Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children think.
Laugh n Learn uses the early learning goals and their stepping stones to plan and provide a range of play activities which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development.
In some of these activities children decide how they will use the activity and, in others, an adult takes the lead in helping the children to take part in the activity.
In all activities information from the early learning goals and stepping stones have been used to decide what equipment to provide and how to provide it.