Education and Care Tree Tots Day Nursery – Leicester

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The EYFS is the period from birth to the end of a child’s first year at school and is based on a set of principles which are grouped into 4 themes.

ThemePrinciples
A Unique ChildEvery child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Positive RelationshipsChildren learn to be strong and independent from a base of a loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
Enabling environmentsThe environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning.
Learning and developing Children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and inter connected.

The EYFS uses the theme Learning and Development to describe how learning takes place and this is split into 7 areas that are divided into 2 further areas; PRIME and SPECIFIC. THE prime areas are important because they lay the foundations for children’s success and all there learning and are the main focus for children under 2.

The prime areas of learning are:

  • PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  • PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
  • COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE

The specific areas of learning are:

  • LITERACY
  • MATHEMATICS
  • UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD
  • EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND DESIGN

The specific areas develop through an understanding of the prime areas.

The above areas are all seen as linked, they are inter-related and this is an important element. Central to the EYFS is a flexible, child-centred, play-based approach to learning.

Observation and Assessment

At Tree tots we observe, listen and assess that we can gain an insight into children’s likes, dislikes, development, learning and abilities and provide children with meaningful learning experiences and opportunities. Assessment through observation allows monitoring of progress and informs future planning and development. Further information can be found on the government standards site www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/eyfs/site/index.htm

Outdoor Play

Children relish the opportunity to be outdoors; splashing in rain puddles, digging for dinosaur bones, making daisy chains, watching a spider spinning its web or playing chase. With these early childhood memories in mind we place great value on outdoor play and see it as crucial and necessary part of learning. At Tree Tots day nursery we have a large secure front and back garden. The front garden is a place where children can sit and share books, observe the daily movements on the street or take shade under the giant tree. It’s also a great spot for parents to stop off for a rest before the journey home!

The back garden is a haven for children of all ages; the garden is divided into different zones to provide a space that allows maximum learning and play opportunities;

BABY ZONE

A separate sectioned area for babies so that they are not overwhelmed by the fun and games that older children enjoy!

GREEN ZONE

Here you will find raised flower beds, a ‘growing area’ for children to plant and grow vegetables, flowers and plants and a separate digging corner to simply get mucky!

PHYSICAL ZONE

Larger play equipment for example swings, slides and climbing frames and also larger outdoor toys for example bikes and scooters.

QUIET ZONE

A little hideout; somewhere to rest, talk, share books or just relax, it comes complete with benches and a table!

ACTIVE ZONE

Here children will be engrossed in a variety of activities for example painting, role play, sand/water, play-doh, drawing, puzzles, construction and other topic related activities.