Play & Learning Groups
What is our approach to Early Learning opportunities?
We believe that involving parents in their children’s play activities is crucial for their children’s early learning and development.
Whilst, having children can be one of the most rewarding periods in parents’ lives; it can also be a stressful time when there are additional worries such as money or housing problems (Beckley, 2012).
The Children’s Centre is a place for parents to share any concerns so that appropriate support can be given, or sought from other agencies.
We encourage regular attendance of chosen groups so that children can build on their previous play experiences with other children and adults, to extend their learning and development, and parents can take to do with their children at home.
Careful planning of the sessions ensures that they are outcome driven, we have a rigorous evaluation and reporting process that supports our practitioners to ensure that we are continuously developing and challenging children who attend the centre. The EYFS framework is imbedded in our practice and is used as a guide to plan appropriate activities according to children’s needs and stages of development. This is further complimented with the Five to Thrive approach in parenting. Further information on this can be found here: http://www.fivetothrive.org.uk/
What do we do to promote Early Learning?
In order to improve educational attainment, we need to understand how young children learn and provide opportunities to support their individual needs. We set out a range of activities in readiness to welcome children and parents/carers on arrival. This offers the opportunity for children to choose an area of interest for play. We do this because we may have different children attending; we often have a them for the sessions and clear focus activities and outcomes that we wish to achieve in the session. Practitioners will be readily available to feedback and share with you how what your child is gaining from activities and how you can replicate this at home.
We provide a range of activities which are advertised in our quarterly timetable which include the following and much more:
- Stay & Play
- Singalong & Stories
- Music & Movement
- Baby Signalong
- Messy Play
- Early Communication Programme
- Bookstart Corner
- Baby massage