How I will meet the needs of the individual children and help them to progress in all areas of development
Children are competent learners from birth and develop and learn in a wide variety of ways. I will, therefore, look carefully at the children in my care, consider their needs, their interests and their stages of development and use all of this information to help plan a challenging and enjoyable experience across all the areas of Learning and Development.
The Childcare Act 2006 provides for the EYFS learning and development requirements to comprise three elements:
Early learning goals – the knowledge, skills and understanding which young children should have acquired by the end of the academic year in which they turn five
Educational programmes – the matters, skills and processes which are required to be taught to young children
Assessment arrangements – the arrangements for assessing young children to ascertain their achievements
The early learning goals are followed in our day to day activities and plans, and start very young, so that by the time the child reaches the end of the foundation stage these are well established. They are organised into seven areas of learning:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Working in a home environment, I am able to provide a relaxed and caring atmosphere. In this atmosphere, children will be encouraged to work towards Early Learning Goals, developing their natural curiosity and sense of fun, their confidence, self-esteem, independence, appropriate behaviour and their relationships with others.
Communication and Language
Using both the daily routine and specific activities such as books, toys, rhymes, videos and games, children will be encouraged to work towards early learning goals. I will provide opportunities to develop children’s communication and language skills involving, listening and attention, understanding and speaking.
This area of learning can be achieved by giving the children the opportunity to develop physically, by encouraging them to use climbing equipment, bats and balls, bikes and pushchairs. Children can learn about their own bodies by doing physical things, they can feel heartbeat, recognize the need for food and drink, changes in their body when they are hot or cold. Using pencils, paintbrushes, and scissors for craft activities, knife, forks and spoons in preparing and eating food, all this will help develop their fine motor skills.
Understanding the World
During activities in the home as well as taking the children out and about, every child in my setting will be encouraged with their progression in working with technology, understanding the world around them and seeing how the people in their lives and those in different communities work.
Reading and writing is a major part in all of our lives, I will encourage the children’s development in this area through reading together in groups as well as giving each child individual time, using the world around us to learn new words and relate them to what we see in books, with writing opportunities using different media and materials.
I will encourage children to work towards the early learning goals by providing opportunities for them to take part in a variety of activities involving counting, sorting, simple maths, and recognising shapes and numbers.
Expressive Art and Design
Giving children a variety of craft materials will help them develop confidence and skills to explore and create their own work using colour and texture. Encourage their imagination with the use of role play materials such as dressing up clothes, activities and areas, play-dough, and construction toys will help them express themselves and communicate ideas. Introducing music and dance and singing songs will develop rhythm and memory.
None of these areas of Learning and Development can be delivered in isolation from the others. They are equally important and depend on each other to support a rounded approach to child development. All areas must be delivered through planned, purposeful play, with a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities.
Ongoing assessment is an integral part of the learning and development process. I will ensure that I am observing children and responding appropriately to help them make progress from birth towards the early learning goals. Assessments should be based on my observation of what children are doing in their day to day activities. I will report progress and achievements to parents throughout the time the child is in my care, I will use observations and assessments to identify learning priorities and plan relevant and motivating learning experiences for each child.