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Learning through Play

Play is important in all aspects of learning and development. Through play children build up knowledge that enables them to problem solve, ask and answer questions, reason, think and explain.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a statutory framework for all children from birth to five years old.

There are seven broad areas of learning and development and characteristics for effective learning. All are important and interconnected.

  • Communication and language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design
  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

At the Rocking Horse Day Nursery we refer to this framework to ensure children make good progress.

Children at the Rocking Horse Day Nursery are active participants in their own learning and are enabled to pursue their personal interests by exploring and experimenting through play and making choices.

Our environment offers the security needed for children to safely and confidently explore, experiment, challenge themselves and take the risks needed to accomplish their personal goals that lead to self-belief and positive self-esteem.

Muddy tea time

Children are supported by sensitive adults working alongside, partnering them in play, actively listening to their ideas, extending their thinking, offering challenge and addressing individual interests and needs.

Our routine elements support this by offering a welcome circle time, opportunity to plan-do-review (work-time), participate in small and large groups and be outdoors.

The routine is flexible to suit the ever changing needs of the individual and group.