Our vision for EYFS is for the children to have the best possible start in their school journey, in a place where they feel safe and confident to explore a wide range of learning opportunities. We will provide an exciting and stimulating continuous provision that fosters children’s independence and curiosity, building on their own interests. Children will be surrounded by a language-rich environment and will participate in meaningful interactions, which improve their communication and language development – a corner stone to their success.
Approach to Learning
At Lessness Heath, we strike a carefully-considered balance between child-led and adult-led learning to ensure children are engaged, supported and appropriately challenged at all times. Inspired by approaches and pedagogies such as Reggio Emilia, Hygge, Froebel, Montessori and the ‘Curiosity Approach’ amongst others, we place the child at the centre of all we do. Children are encouraged to follow their own interests: to explore, experiment and create in order to become independent and critical thinkers. In addition, we provide opportunities to promote the 'characteristics of effective learning' in order to guide and support our children to become effective learners. Essential communication and language skills are also developed through high-quality and meaningful interactions. Through our use of Makaton, we support and promote communication for all learners in our provision. Led by skilled practitioners, it is also essential that children develop the key knowledge and skills required to establish solid foundations in their learning, all within our CAN curriculum.
Our learning environments create a welcoming, safe and nurturing space, which enables children to learn effectively. Through careful planning and consideration, which is driven by child interest, the environment plays a central role in inspiring, supporting and extending children’s development. Both our indoor and outdoor areas have very neutral tones with natural resources, some recyclable materials and real-life objects. This helps to create a peaceful, inviting environment in which children can explore, create and engage in open-ended learning opportunities.