As a child’s learning needs develop, a greater degree of structure is introduced into their daily routine. The children are given the opportunity to mix freely and offered free-flow where they can move between the room and garden as they wish. All areas of the EYFS are reflected in the room and garden in set, labelled places to ensure stability and continuity
Activities for this age group are varied, providing ample learning opportunities based on the curriculum and appropriate for the range of ages in the room. Topics are based on the children’s interests, keeping parents informed of our projects and how they can contribute to their child’s learning at home.
At different times throughout the day the children are divided into small groups for structured activities usually lead by their keyworker. This helps develop relationships and concentration skills; getting older children ready to start school.
The toys and materials are kept at child height, readily accessible and clearly labelled to encourage independence in choice and in tidying up. This promotes children’s learning in a fun and stimulating way, providing a balance between child and adult-lead tasks.
Independence is extended even further within this age group as staff aim to develop children’s self-help skills; giving them time and support to do things, such as dressing, for themselves. Children are encouraged to develop good personal hygiene for example washing their own hands and brushing their teeth with appropriate adult support.

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