The Early Learning Goals
PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Children are given the opportunities to develop personal and social skills in a variety of ways.
Mealtimes are a time when children sit with their key carer in 'family groups' they assist
setting the table and we support independence by encouraging them to serve themselves
from bowls or tureens in the centre of the table. They are also encouraged to take the
needs of others into account by passing things to each other and helping others to serve
Children are encouraged to develop independence and learn personal hygiene in the
bathroom and when dressing and undressing either to go into the garden, to prepare for a
physical activity or when playing with the dressing up clothes. At key times during the day
we hold discussion period when staff and children share 'life experiences'. This promotes
the child's confidence in developing talking and listening skills and staff encourage children
to put forward their own views and to respect those of others.
Drama, role-play and small world activities are provided on a daily basis in order to promote
imaginative skills and to help children recognise and deal with emotions such as love,
excitement, frustration, fear and anger. Board games etc. are provided throughout the
week in order to encourage turn taking and a respect for the needs of others. Books that
explore emotions are used to help children understand & express their own feelings and
those of others.
LANGUAGE, LITERACY AND COMMUNICATION
As well as discussion times throughout the day, children are encouraged to talk about their
experiences within the nursery. When appropriate, staff sit with the children at certain
activities, asking open questions and introducing language related to the activity.
The constant use of songs stories and rhymes within our daily curriculum promotes
confidence and fluency in language. Children's work is labelled with their names and relevant
language and children are encouraged to use equipment that involves letters and words to
extend their experience in this area. We find the free expression area a successful way of
encouraging children's early literacy skills as do children's writing patterns and phonics
Story times are well planned and sometimes linked to theme work or to an individual child's
experiences. Children are encouraged to discuss the words, pictures and events that they
observed during the story and join in with familiar lines to favourite stories. In order to
support children with delayed language we provide regular language groups and activities
The Nursery is well equipped with a variety of mathematical equipment, staff arrange
activities that extend children's mathematical language, problem-solving skills and help
them to experience and gradually achieve mathematical concepts. Staff also use
messy/aesthetic play to extend children's mathematical experiences e.g. sand and water
with volume/ weighing equipment or dough to discuss size and shape.
Staff are also very aware of the mathematical opportunities available with many other
activities offered throughout the nursery day e.g. spatial awareness during music and
movement activities. Everyday discussion e.g. comparing numbers of children attending to
number of drinks or looking at different heights of children support children's knowledge
and understanding of math’s in everyday life.
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD
Staff use a variety of resources to extend children's knowledge and understanding of the
world e.g. outings to local places of interest (parks and library) or outings linked to theme
work e.g. local markets, farms or airports.
Books and activities that extend children's knowledge of other countries and cultures are
used as part of the nurseries regular programme of activities. Children are encouraged to
discuss their own life experiences and themes such as "Homes" help children gain an
awareness of the area in which they live. Projects such as "Growing" are used to encourage
children to explore and recognise features of living things and help them to learn to
observe, compare and exchange ideas about why things happen and how things work.
Construction toys, cause and effect equipment and junk modelling are offered regularly to
give children experience and confidence in design and technology. Computer programmes
encourage children to work by themselves or with adults and other children to gain
experience in the various learning areas.
Themes such as "All about me" encourage children to make observations about physical and
human features and our daily exchange of 'News' helps children to recount events that are
happening within their own lives and those of others. Many of our themes allow the
opportunity to explore aspects of the past, present and future.
Our plans allow daily opportunities for children to use resources that encourage them to
learn to move confidently and imaginatively. Dance sessions help children to gain increasing
control and co-ordination. Music and movement promotes and awareness of space and others
and small and large equipment is offered throughout the week to encourage children to gain
increasing skill in the use of balancing and climbing apparatus.
Fine motor equipment such as puzzles, construction toys threading etc. and malleable
equipment such as dough, clay, pasta etc. used in conjunction with various tools and
equipment is provided daily to encourage hand-eye co-ordination and the ability to handle
tools (e.g.scissors) with safety and increasing skill. Carefully planned garden activities
support and encourage children's physical, social and emotional development.
Staff are extremely skilled at providing a variety of resources to promote the exploration
of colour, shape and space. As well as our free expression area, staff offer a variety of
activities to extend children's creative skills including various types of painting, collage
work and model making opportunities, which give children the experience, and opportunity to
explore space in two and three dimensions.
Aesthetic/ messy activities are used to create an awareness of the sense of touch, smell
and sight. Cooking and taste experiments are used to encourage discussion and sensory
experiences. Musical tapes, singing, dance and musical instruments are used to extend
children's creativity with sound and movement.
Our curriculum and routines for all ages are regularly reviewed and developed to ensure
that we are providing high quality early years care and education and that we are meeting
individual needs. Within the company we have an under threes team who meet regularly to
review provision for this age group and to plan future provision this team is also responsible
for highlighting any equipment and training needs. We also have a curriculum team who meet
regularly to share and exchange ideas and to review and plan provision for the three to five
year olds this team also has responsibility for highlighting training and equipment needs for
the three to five year olds and the staff who care for them.
LONG ROOM SPECIAL TIME ACTIVITIES
SARA’S GROUP AMANDA’S GROUP MICHELLE’S GROUP
MON News Books I can do Books Letter of the Week
TUES Number work Letter of the week I can do Books
WED Dancing with Dancing with Dancing with
Polly Polly Polly
THU Fun with Tumble Tots Musical
FRI Letter of the week Nursery Rhyme
Crystal Childcare Individual Learning &
Name: Robert Brown Date of Birth: 13.04.99 Key worker: Lorraine
Nursery Name: Crystal Days of Attendance: FT Current Theme: Water
Date of Plan: April 03 Key workers signature: Parents signature:
Reflections Aims & Foundation Opportunities Parents Ongoing
of previous objectives stage stepping offered to comment and comments and
term / for stones support needs feed back observation
initial forthcoming (Learning and learning
observations term. intentions) intentions
Robert To encourage Show confidence Lots of Mrs Brown 12.06.03 R has
settled well Robert to in linking up with imaginative play would like R to been looking
into nursery & have the others for initially with have confidence after a new
has built good confidence support and adult joining in to join in-group child in the
relationships to develop guidance. Have and gradually play and are nursery he has
with his key relationships emerging self- backing off as going to try enjoyed helping
carer he with his confidence to appropriate. inviting some of & having a new
enjoys peers and speak to others Drama activities the children friend.
watching join in their about wants and and ring games. from the
children play play. interests. nursery to come
and & play at home.
He spends To build on Show an interest Introduce water Mrs B was
long periods his in how things wheels, siphons unaware that R
of time enjoyment of work and why. funnels whisks was so
playing at the water play to etc give Robert interested in
water tray. encourage the opportunity water play. Will
him to to try them out encourage this
experiment and discuss at home.
Robert is able Encourage Investigate Offer a variety Rs will be 19.05.03 R made
to join him to build construction of construction getting a new a huge model
together Lego on this materials. equipment bike which will out of junk the
bricks to ability and Manage body to introduce o help him to learn glue spreader
form detailed introduce create intended model making to use the skill.
models. new movement. using wood and peddles however
materials. junk. Make sure space at home is
Robert is able Encourage he has the small so it will
to sit on a him to use opportunity on a help if the
bike and push the peddles regular basis to nursery also
it along with on the bike. play on give him this
his feet. tricycles. opportunity.
CRYSTAL CHILDCARE EARLY LEARNING GOALS
NATURAL & CREATIVE LANGUAGE. KNOWLEDGE A PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT MATHEMATICS
SCIENCE DEVELOPMENT LITERACY. UNDERSTAND
CONST/TECH GROSS MOTOR
Animals in Aeroplane Stickle Bricks Garden Play
straw Helicopter & News Books Dressing Up Counting
Alphabet Clothes Large Lego Garden Play
Hot Air Balloon Wheels
Mobiles Teacher On vehicles
Paint Easel Farmyard &
Magnetic Magnetic Garden Play
TUESDAY Sea life animals Animals
in blue water Paint Easel Fisher Price Garden Play Number
Make a Word Construction Puzzles
French Hats & Bags Small Lego Tessellation
Noodles & Forks Collage Dance &
Word Pool Play mobile Big Builder Bingo Bears
Story Board Spaceship Star shapes Garden Play Shape
Slime Jumping Jim Picture lotto Office equipment vehicles
Wooden bricks Garden Play
Aqua play & Drawing pictures Letter j Pots, pans & Garden Play Magnetic
FRIDAY Boats Water & of forms of Handwriting Cooker Polydron Numbers
Volume transport from Garden Play
around the Spell & learn Train track Poly M Multi-links