At Bo-Peep and Little Bo-Peep we ensure that we apply the EYFS subjects in interesting and innovative ways.
Every child is a unique individual with their own characteristics and temperament. Development is a continuous, complex interaction of environmental and genetic factors in which the body, brain and behaviour become more complex. Children mature at different rates and at different times in their lives.
Early relationships strongly influence how children develop and having close relationships with carers is very important.
A Competent Learner
Play and other imaginative and creative activities help children to make sense of their experience and 'transform' their knowledge, fostering cognitive development. Language, thinking and learning are interlinked; they depend on and promote each other's development.
What children can do is the starting point for learning.
Children learn better by doing, and by doing things with other people who are more competent, rather than just by being told.
A Skilful Communicator
Children are sociable and curious, and they explore the world through relationships with others and through all their senses.
Children develop their competence in communicating through having frequent, enjoyable interactions with other people, in contexts that they understand.
Children learn to communicate in many ways, not just by talking, but also in non-verbal ways such as gestures, facial expressions and gaze direction, in drawing, writing and singing, and through dance, music and drama.
Challenges & Dilemmas
How to meet the differing and competing needs of every child, while being fair about time spent with individual children.
Listening carefully and waiting for a child who gets excited or pauses a lot when they are trying to communicate, so that they can complete what they wanted to say.
Recognising and praising effort as well as achievement so that all children develop positive attitudes to themselves as learner.
Communication, Language and Literacy
In both small and large groups, children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking and listening and by hearing and responding to stories, songs and rhymes. Children are helped to understand that written symbols carry a meaning. A well stocked book corner gives every child the opportunity and encouragement to become familiar with books and know how to handle them. Early introduction to books will keep the children in good stead for the rest of their lives and futher more there have been many recent studies on the profound effect stories and 'book talk' can have on future writing skills. Therefore this is something we value tremendously at Bo-Peep.
Personal and Social Development
Within a nurturing environment, children are individually supported in developing confidence, autonomy and self respect. They are encouraged to work and concentrate independently and to take part in the life of the group, sharing and co-operating with the other children and adults. Through activities, and conversation they learn acceptable ways to express their own feelings and have respect for the feelings of others.
A range of equipment and opportunities, both indoors and outdoors, allows children to develop confidence and enjoyment. A very high level of supervision enables children to create and meet physical challenges, developing increasing skills in control in moving, climbing and balancing. At the same time, children are supported in the development of their fine motor skills required to use tools, including pens, pencils and scissors and to handle small objects with increasing control and precision.
Problem solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
Through practical experience, children become familiar with sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting activities that form the basis of early numeracy. They learn to identify objects by shape, colour size and number. Songs, games and books help children become aware of number sequences and when they show readiness, we use simple mathematical operations such as adding and taking away.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
A safe and stimulating environment allows the children to explore and experiment with a wide range of natural and manufactured materials. This enables them to extend their technological understanding, using simple tools and techniques to achieve their intentions and solve problems.
Children are encouraged to use a wide range of resources in order to express their own ideas and feelings. Art equipment, including paint, glue, crayons and pencils as well as natural discarded resources, provides for open- ended exploration of colour, shape and texture and the development of skills in painting, drawing and collage. There are many opportunities for imaginative role- play, both individually and as part of the group.
We aim to introduce each child to basic computer knowledge using age and stage appropriate equipment thus supporting and extending all areas of their learning. The ICT programmes are varied and provide added value in reinforcing many Basic English language learning skills. Specific language and literacy skills can be tackled in an entertaining and motivating way. We are equipped with 3 Laptops that have 8 different, exciting and educational and interactive programmes installed, a printer, a tape recorder, headphones, digital camera, a talking album, story headphones and other programmable toys.