Child Care

Child Care in Bolton

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The ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically – underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.  At Canterbury’s we place a great deal of emphasis on helping children to develop these characteristics and become strong, independent and ready for future learning.

Development Matters - Areas of Learning

The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas.  The prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout the EYFS.  These are:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development

The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas, and provide important contexts for learning. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design.

Observation, Assessment and Planning – on-going formative assessment is at the heart of effective early years practice.

Practitioners

  • Observe children as they act and interact in their play, everyday activities and planned activities, and learn from parents about what the child does at home (observation)
  • Consider the development matters points in the EYFS, observing what children can do’ to help identify where the child may be in their own developmental pathway (assessment)
  • Consider ways to support the child to strengthen and deepen their current learning(planning)

At Canterbury’s, activities and experiences are planned on 4 levels;

  1. Based on the child’s interests and what they like to do and want to do (wants)
  2. The child’s needs, based on any gaps in the EYFS (needs)
  3. Parental wishes and comments
  4. Anything we are covering using the natural calendar (seasonal)

Each child is allocated a key person who is responsible for the child’s well-being and their all-round progress and development. The key person will document all progress and development in a child’s learning journal and share this with parents regularly.

For more information about the Early Years foundation Stage, look at their website

Observation, Assessment and Planning – on-going formative assessment is at the heart of effective early years practice.