Little Learners 2020 - 2021
Welcome to Little Learners!
We are extremely privileged to support children at the very beginning of their learning journey at Grove Street. We provide 15 hours per week of high-quality care and education, with a focus on learning through play. To see if you meet the eligibilty criteria for a funded place beginning the term after their second birthday, please click here.
Meet the team:
We are a friendly and dedicated team that are commited to providing the best possible experiences for both children and parents. The room is led by an experienced early years graduate and supported by skilled teaching assistants specialising in early years.
Mrs McCarthy - Room Leader
Miss L Gore - Teaching Assistant
Miss M Gore - Teaching Assistant
Our session times are as follows:
Morning session: 8.45am - 11.45am
Afternoon session: 12.15pm - 3.15pm
We value our parent partnerships and are always available to chat about achievements or concerns at the beginning and end of sessions. If you feel you would like a more private discussion, please make an appointment with one of our team.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the national curriculum for children aged five and under. There are three prime areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language Development
- Physical Development
There are also four specific areas of learning:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive art and design
Your child will be assessed in each of these areas during their play to enable us to understand how we can best support them in the next steps of their learning journey. We will complete a Two Year Progress Check to identify your childs strengths and any areas that they may need support in. When appropriate, we will seek advice from external agencies and work closely with them to ensure that we are achieving the best level of support for our children from the start. We understand the importance of early intervention and how making it our priority can improve the outcomes and future success of the children in our care.
"The work of education is divided between the teacher and the environment." Maria Montessori
We recognise how critical the first few years of life are in a child's development and work closely with parents to provide personalised learning opportunities, enabling them to fulfil their potential. We offer a fun, calm and nurturing learning environment that challenges children according to their stage of development, recognising the significant difference between a child that has just turned two and an emerging three year old. We use our knowledge of children's interests/schemas to plan engaging learning experiences that underpin the characteristics of effective learning, ensuring children are empowered to become confident and creative lifelong learners. These characteristics develop as they learn to do new things, acquire new skills, develop socially and emotionally, and become better communicators.
Our learning areas include:
- Block play area
- Creative/malleable area
- Small-world area
- Loose parts
- Reading/sensory area
How children learn:
"Schemas are patterns of linked behaviours, which the child can generalise and use in a whole variety of different situations. It is best to think of schemas as being a cluster of pieces which fit together". Bruce 1997
Does your child enjoy tipping out the toy boxes, lining things up or throwing things? Schemas could be the explanation! Schemas are often seen when young children are given the opportunity to lead their own play. They are patterns of repetitive behaviour that help children develop and deepen their understanding of concepts.
Common schemas we often see in Little Learners are:
Trajectory: A child may be interested in how themselves and objects move. The may run around, throw things or be fascinated by running water.
Enveloping: A child may enjoy covering themselves, others or objects up. This can include using dressing up clothes, blankets, paper and paint.
Connecting: A child will be interested in joining thngs together and separating them. This may involve enjoying a range of construction toys, joining train carriages together or taking them apart and joining dots together when drawing.
Enclosure: A child may enjoy creating enclosed spaces or being in them. Examples include building enclsures with bricks and placing things inside, making dens, putting cars inside the garage or drawing a line around their picture.
Positional: A child may enjoy stacking or lining up toys and objects, threading or balancing objects on their head.
Rotational: A child may show fascination when watching the washing machine or fans. They may show particular interest in toys with wheels and cogs or drawing circles.
Tranforming: A child may like to see, manipulate and explore changes with wet/dry materials or mix sand and water.
Orientation: A child may enjoy looking at themselves, objects and the world around them from different angles. The may show interest in hanging upside down on climbing equipment, look through their legs or climb up to see things from a different angle.
To find out more about schemas and how you can support your child at home, please click here.
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