How we learn at Big Teds

Each session we provide activities such as play dough, painting, construction and role play.  All children are encouraged to explore and use the resources in an individual way.  Children are encouraged to build on their own knowledge and understanding which is achieved by staff providing an appropriate environment and support that enables children to ‘have a go and find out for themselves.  This helps children to develop a confidence in their own opinions and ability. 
We find that generally children are often curious and enjoy using familiar resources and activities  and those that are of challenge.  Staff each session ensures that each child’s learning is supported through their own interests, where by children are encouraged to selected resources and develop their own ideas. We also provide an adult led activity each session this supports a particular area of learning such as mathematics or skill such as cutting.  Each activity is adapted to meet the needs of each child.  In both instances staff ensure that opportunities are of challenge to children therefore keeping the play and opportunities that we provide exciting and interesting.
Staff focus on the enjoyment and learning that is gained throughout the child’s play rather than a specific end product, therefore often the work children produce is interesting and individual with one  child’s work often looking different to another child’s.
Having fun at making marks
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Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
Communication and language;
Physical development; and
Personal, social and emotional development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
Literacy;
Mathematics;
Understanding the world; and
Expressive arts and design.
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.