From birth children are social learners, learning to give and take, to interpret signals from others and to initiate responses from others. Playing and problem solving provide rich opportunities for developing skills in collaborative learning (turn taking, parallel play, negotiating and sharing) and for recognising that the views and feelings of others need to be considered. Adults can help children to explore ideas of fairness, tolerance, forgiveness, sharing, dependence, and independence through play and everyday situations as well as carefully chosen books and stories.
Communication, Language & Literacy
Language is an essential meaning of communication. Children learn language through listening, talking, imitating, repeating, practising and playing with sounds. Language enables children to plan, discuss and understand what they have learned, it plays a valuable part in living with other people, making it possible to share experiences and negotiate arguments. With the right resources children can be encouraged to imitate such actions through play. Mark making from an early age is an essential foundation for writing.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Children need to understand about other people both now and in the past, how and where they live. Every day activities like cooking, washing, etc, help develop scientific investigation. Intervention of an adult in activities can help build on children’s experiences, encourage and develop particular skills, concepts and attitudes. We will provide equipment for the children to use such as videos, remote controls, calculators, keyboards, telephones, electronically operated toys and computers. Taken in account the different age ranges, it is important that children have opportunities to play safely with this technology and incorporate it in their play. The children will be encouraged to explore and discover the natural things in their environment such as plants, insects, weather patterns, etc.
Many of the activities, which give young children pleasure, are a source of mathematical understanding. A young baby moves and explores the space and shapes around. Early awareness of size and shape is based on what can be reached and fitted into the mouth or hand.