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Foundation Stage

"We believe that the well being and happiness of each individual child is vital to their learning and development, therefore we strive to provide a secure and happy learning environment where children can grow."

At Maytree the Foundation Stage comprises of a 40 place Nursery and 3 Reception classes. The Foundation Stage uses the High/Scope approach.

This is a way of working with children based on the idea that children learn best from active learning experiences which they plan and carry out themselves.

In this way, they learn that they are capable, able to make decisions and solve problems.

Active learning is what children do when they play and it is the way that babies, toddlers and young children learn best.

Daily Routine

In the Foundation stage every session is carefully structured and the routine is the same everyday enabling children to learn through play. This gives children the security of knowing what will happen, making them more independent and able to learn with confidence. It also gives the children opportunities to carry out all of the curriculum.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is for all children aged between 0-5 years old and is the foundation of what children need to become good learners. It comprises of six areas of learning, which are all of equal importance. We believe that the well being and happiness of each individual child is vital to their learning and development, therefore we strive to provide a secure and happy learning environment where children can grow.

Ingredients for active learning

Children need:

Materials

Having lots of interesting materials.

Manipulation

Children are free to handle and explore the materials in many different ways.

Choice

Opportunities to make choices about what materials they want to use and how to use them.

Language

To choose their words and express themselves in their own way.

Support from adults

Role of adults to encourage children’s efforts, talk with them, join in their play, help them to solve problems and sometimes introduce new activities.

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