At Lauriston, we aim to provide the highest quality care and education for all our children thereby giving them a strong foundation for their future learning. We believe that the early years are absolutely vital for children’s development. We strongly believe in learning through structured play activity as well as focused learning on communication, social and emotional skills. We create a safe and happy environment with motivating and enjoyable learning experiences that enable children to become confident and independent. We value the individual child and work alongside parents and others to meet their needs and help every child to reach their full potential.
At Lauriston we believe:
- Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
- Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
- Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers
- Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates
We plan an exciting and challenging curriculum based on our observation of children’s needs, interests, and stages of development across the seven areas of learning to enable the children to achieve and exceed the early learning goals.
All the seven areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children's curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
These three areas are the prime areas:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children are also supported through the four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.
The specific areas are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Please see each individual subject area to see how the EYFS Curriculum links to the National Curriculum.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
We believe that children become lifelong learners from a strong start to their school career. We focus on the process not the outcome. Practitioners constantly refer to the characteristics of effective learning when planning, playing and resourcing our Early Years setting.
- Playing and Exploring - Engagement
- Finding out and exploring
- Playing with what they know
- Being willing to ‘have a go’
- Active Learning - Motivation
- Being involved and concentrating
- Keeping trying
- Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
- Creating and Thinking Critically - Thinking
- Having their own ideas
- Making links
- Choosing ways to do things
Observation and Assessment
As part of our daily practice, we observe and assess children’s development and learning to inform our future plans. We record our observations in a variety of ways. For example, in individual learning journey books, which include work samples, observations, photographs, and comments. Everyone is encouraged to contribute to these, and both the child's and adult's voice is included. Parents are encouraged to contribute to their child's learning journeys and observations through parent voice speech bubbles and 'I can do at home' cards.
Children’s safety and welfare is paramount. We create a safe and secure environment and provide a curriculum, which teaches children how to be safe, make choices and assess risks.
We value all our children as individuals at Lauriston, irrespective of their ethnicity, culture, religion, home language, background, ability or gender. We plan a curriculum that meet the needs of the individual child and support them at their own pace so that of our children achieve and even exceed the Early Learning Goals.