Pride & Joy Child Care Curriculum
At Pride and Joy Childcare we follow the Early Year’s Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is the mandatory curriculum for children within the Early Years. At Pride and Joy Childcare we believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life and a child’s experiences within their early years have a major impact on their future potential. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards that us as a nursery must meet to ensure children learn and develop and are kept healthy and safe.
The EYFS has four overarching principles which we use to guide high quality practice at Pride and Joy Childcare. These are as follows:
- Every child is a unique child that is constantly learning, who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
- Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
- Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers
- Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The EYFS framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
The EYFS has seven areas of learning and development; three prime areas and four specific areas. Each area of learning shapes the educational experiences provided for the children in our care. We strongly believe all areas of learning are of paramount importance and all areas of learning are inter-connected.
The three prime areas of learning support the individual child to build their capacity to learn, form relationships and develop enthusiasm and curiosity to learn. The three prime areas are as follows:
- communication and language – children can access an environment rich with language experiences supporting them to develop their confidence and express themselves, so they can listen and speak in various situations.
- physical development – At Pride and Joy Childcare we provide opportunities for children to be active, develop their co-ordination skills, control and movement. We also introduce children to healthy eating and the importance of good hygiene and physical activity.
- personal, social and emotional development – together we can support children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others. This supports young children to build positive relationships with adults and peers as well as respect for others. We also support children through this area of learning to manage their own feelings and understand appropriate behaviours.
The three prime areas hold specific importance for children under 2 years of age and supports their early development. Two years old and above includes all seven areas of learning in their development and progress.
The four specific areas encourage the three prime areas to be strengthened during the child’s learning journey at Pride and Joy Childcare. These are as follows:
- Literacy – we encourage children to link sounds and letters and support them to begin to read and write. Children have access to a large variety of reading materials at all ages and an environment rich with stories, poems and rhyme.
- Maths – we support children with providing opportunities to improve their skills in counting, understanding numbers and number problems as well as to describe shape, space and measure.
- Understanding the world – through play and planned activities we support the children to make sense of the world around them, their communities and provide opportunities for children to explore and observe people, places, technology and their natural environment.
- Expressive Arts and Design – we enable children to explore and play with a range of media and materials were children are encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through various activities including art, music and movement, role-play, design and technology.
The EYFS continues to the end of your child’s reception year at school. Therefore, we aim to support your child’s transition from nursery to reception to be as smooth as possible. Your child’s key worker will prepare them for this exciting new journey and will ensure they are ready for a new formalised way of learning.
Together, with parent contribution, we plan for each child’s individual needs and consider your child’s interests to support their achievements. Your child’s key worker will plan various daily opportunities for children to learn, develop and achieve.
We strongly believe partnerships with parents is the most important part of implementing the EYFS at Pride and Joy Childcare. Your contribution to your child’s learning supports them to flourish in our setting and we can ensure their individual needs are met and the unique child is celebrated throughout their learning journey at Pride and Joy Childcare.
At Pride and Joy Childcare we strongly believe how children learn is just as important as what children learn. This can be observed and planned for through the Characteristics of Effective Learning.
- Playing and Exploring – children begin to investigate and explore the environment and objects around them and experience ‘having a go’ at new things!
- Active Learning – children begin to concentrate and keep on trying when they face challenges, showing a can-do attitude and enjoying their own achievements
- Creating and Thinking Critically – children begin to develop their own ideas, making links between their experiences and ideas and developing their own way of doing things.