Preschool Activities

 

Our activities are aimed at creating moments for children to gain new and enriching experiences. Varying from Adult-led activities to child-initiated play, children are introduced to new skills, explore themes and can express themselves.

Within the Early Years Framework there are seven areas of learning and development.

We devise our days around this; ensuring children have a diverse and interesting experience each and every day! Many of the areas interlink and an activity can often cover more than one. This illustrates the freedom within our daily routine; as children can steer their own learning and development by whatever interests them.

 
We are part of the Enfield Early Years Development Childcare Partnership which links us with local schools and preschools. This also provides us with teacher involvement within the group and regular training opportunities.
 

EYFS Areas of Learning and Development

 
Communication and Language

We develop children's language through a variety of activities from small group discussions to describing the feel of our messy play gloop! Our children develop confidence in their skills of expressing themselves verbally and also understanding the importance of being a good listener; asking questions and responding to each other.

 
Physical Development

Children are given a range of physical activities and opportunities to develop their big and small motor skills; from climbing and balancing, to threading and weaving, to sliding on their tummies pretending to be caterpillars – we do it all! We encourage and promote being healthy and making the right choices to keep ourselves in good health; regularly discussing foods that are good for you, doing exercise like Yoga and looking at good hygiene practices such as brushing your teeth properly.

 
Personal, Social, Emotional Development

Our children learn and develop key personal and social skills through positive interactions, relationships and experiences. An integral part of our positive behaviour focus is on children understanding 'why'; E.g. Why we should share; why we should be kind to each other. We encourage children to be independent, make choices, to be confident and proud of their achievements.

 
Literacy

We just love literacy at our pre-school! We have mark-making (early writing skills) in every area to encourage children to express themselves through the marks they make. We also provide a range of varied opportunities for children to explore in this way, E.g. putting felt-tip pens with playdough or making-marks in coloured sand. Children also greatly enjoy access to a vast range of books; which often become a theme where we explore the story and the characters.

We follow the National Strategy Phase 1 Letters & Sounds – promoting children's speaking and listening skills, hearing the sounds around us, recognising rhyming and alliteration and the enjoyment of sounds and words. This then lays the foundation for children to begin reading.

 
Mathematics

Activities such as physical counting games, where children count each other in groups provide opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting and understanding and using numbers. Opportunities in weighing, measuring and calculating can be provided by playing with scales in the home corner or when baking cup-cakes.
 
Understanding the world

This involves children making sense of the physical world and their community. If a child arrived one day, particularly interested in the police force, for example, we would spontaneously improvise a role play activity within a police station, exploring the various roles, responsibilities and uniform. This will help them put this into a context and explore their interest.
Our outside area is also a great place for children to explore and discover at their own pace. Alternatively, a teacher-led activity could involve us growing our own vegetables or looking after the plants.

 
Expressive arts and design

A variety of activities involving art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.
Messy play, making collages, moulding or designing a picture on our computer; there are endless ways for children to express themselves at our nursery.