Our objective is to enable every child at Thameside early years to achieve their full academic potential and develop their talents, ideas and interests in a caring community which fosters a love of learning.
This is supported by offering an educational programme that is delivered by using the Early Years framework guide, 'Development Matters'.
There are 7 areas of learning and development that shape the educational programme in Early Years settings. All areas are equally as important and are interconnected.
"We believe that through play, care and creativity young children will discover their identity, gain their independence and unleash their potential. By working together we will provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment that will meet, challenge and develop each child's individual needs"
In both Nursery and Reception,the children follow the phonics programme, Read, Write Inc. This supports in developing early literacy skills, to enable children to become confident readers and writers with good comprehension skills as they progress through our school.
In Reception classes we also conduct a daily guided reading session called, 'Reading Through Play'. Children read daily in a small group with an adult, supported by fun play activities.
Mathematics in the EYFS focuses on concept building with children engaging in active learning experiences, laying the foundation for abstract thinking.
We encourage children to access all learning envionrments within the settings, which supports their creative side by offering role play experiences such as 'Thameside Cafe', 'International Post Office' and 'Garden Centre', to name but a few! Each class offers chldren a 'creation station' whre they have continuous access to arts andc rafts materials.
The children also have open access to an outdoor envionrment and free flow between classes. Outside has a large astroturf area where a range of outdoor learning opportunities take place. We have a developing mud kitchen and are also in the process of creating a mini allotment and bug habitat!
At Thameside we believe that every child is unique. We therefore tailor activities to allow children to develop skills and learning at their individual pace. We achieve this through observations made by the early years' teachers and LSAs, who observe the children at play and during planned activities so as to monitor each child's development and provide learning opportunities that will extend and stimulate them according to their abilities and needs. Children are encouraged to gain independence and to build on the skills on which they are confident, whilst being supported in those areas of learning where they still need to develop further.
We feel children learn best when they are listened to, asked their opinion and have an input in their learning and environment. We adhere to the ethos, 'Learning through play' and believe in presenting a child with a range of activities and allowing them to experience them in their own way. We encourage independence in a caring and nurturing environment and thrive on a strong sense of community. We acknowledge that parents are children's first educators. Good parent-teacher communication is crucial at this stage in a child's education and the effectiveness and joy of early learning is enhanced when home and school work successfully and cooperatively.
If you would like any more advice or information on our EYFS provision, please do not hesitate tocontact us.
Understanding EYFS teaching:
Here are some free sites to help teach the basics of reading, phonics and maths games:
Below is a list of useful websites, which will aid you in working with your child at home.
Early Years Foundation Stage