Early Years Curriculum

Our daily routine is focused on a balance of adult led and child initiated activities with regular ‘free-flow’ access to our fantastic outdoor area, using the principles set out in the EYFS framework.

Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

Each child is encouraged towards attaining the goals set out in each area of the curriculum by the time they leave the pre-school.

These areas are:

  • Prime Areas
    • Communication and Language
    • Physical Development
    • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Specific Areas
    • Literacy
    • Mathematics
    • Understanding the World
    • Expressive Arts and Design

    See also: http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/eyfs-statutory-framework/

    Our daily routine (subject to change for special events or outings):

    8.45 – 9.00am Welcome and breakfast

    9.00 – 9.15am ‘Wake up shake up’ and planning in key groups

    9.15 – 10.00am Free-flow play including the ‘Blast Language Programme’ for children aged 3 years

    10.00am Tidy up time in preparation from small group activities

    10.15 – 10.30am Small Group Time (age/stage)
    Boo Group’ – Promote Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language skills using activities ‘on the mat’. Continue with this early learning using ‘home boo bag’ activities to share with parents/carers

    Phonics Group – Phase 1 Phonics https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/190537/Letters_and_Sounds_-_Phase_One.pdf

    Maths Group – Early maths skills with active maths programme

    10.30 – 10.45am Whole group story time with singing and counting rhymes

    10.45 – 11.10am Recall/Snack time in key groups

    11.10 – 11.40 Whole group outdoor play with tidy up time

    11.45 – Home Time

    What is BLAST?

    BLAST is Boosting Language Auditory Skills and Talking.

    BLAST 1 is designed for all children in nursery aged from 3-4. There are 30 consecutive sessions fully planned and resourced to deliver to a group of 4-8 children. All the setting needs is a trained BLAST user to run the group, a CD player and the pack! BLAST works on the underpinning skills for language, communication and literacy – turn taking, discrimination, listening, attention and social communication as well as developing basic language skills both receptively and expressively.
    For more information: http://www.blastprogramme.co.uk/

    Other Programmes used by the Pre-school

    The ECAT programme.

    What is ECAT? ECAT is an acronym for “Every Child a Talker”. The Pre-school uses the programme to monitor the development of speech. It is a national programme that aims to develop the language and communication skills of children from birth to four years old. The programme works together with the Early Years practitioners, giving them a framework they need to help with the identification of children at risk of speech, language and communication delays, so they can be supported as early as possible. We currently carry out language screening using one-to-one listening, understanding and speaking activities with children aged 3 years and above, although any concerns are discussed with parents/carers so that relevant referrals can be made at any stage before this.

    ‘Boo Bag’ and Child Development Programme Home Learning Links

    Families are encouraged to try a new initiative called BOO which stands for Basket of Opportunities to stimulate language learning, as well as physical and social development in two-year-olds. The approach used by South Tyneside Council encourages families to use a basket of resources provided by the pre-school and local authority. These baskets include threading beads, building blocks, a jigsaw, a ball, a chalk board and a nursery rhyme book and other activities that parents/carers can use with their child. “By encouraging youngsters to talk about things in a descriptive way, they can expand their knowledge of words, as well as their social skills, in a fun, interactive way.” http://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/22788/Say-BOO-to-Language-Learning

    This learning is then followed by The Child Development Programme which has recently been introduced by the Pre-school using Early Years Pupil Premium Funding. The Child Development Programme is a learning resource ideal for practitioners and parents of Pre-school children at the Early Years Foundation Stage – specifically ages 3 – 5 years.
    For more information: http://mentisxl.org/mportwood.asp