At Rainbow we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first as follows:-
- Communication and language;
- Physical development; and
- Personal, social and emotional development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas as follows:-
- Understanding the world; and
- Expressive arts and design.
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it’s suitable for very young children, and it’s designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s unique needs and interests.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. To find out more visit the EYFS website – www.foundationyears.org.uk/early-years-foundation-stage-2012
We have a very play based outlook at Rainbow and feel the children need to have lots of fun, interactive activities available inside and outside to ensure they are busy and happy! All rooms have a reading area with access to books all day long, children have access to role play, small world such as farm yards and dolls house, puzzles, construction, number games and literacy games, ICT, mark making area and creative area. We love everything messy….painting, gluing, sticking, foam, gloop, baked bean play! Outside we have climbing equipment, a pirate ship, slides, role play, trains, books, mark making and a vegetable patch and 2 bunnies.
We also love getting out and about at Rainbow. We often visit places in the local community such as the park, Byron’s Pool, Waitrose and the library. We also take the children out to the seaside, Shepreth Wildlife Park, Wimpole and have a family picnic at the Botanical Gardens.