As officially recommended, we base our service on the Early Years Foundation Stage Principles.
We understand that children develop rapidly – physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially, and therefore, we ensure that all children in our care feel included, secure and valued. No child will be excluded or disadvantaged.
We build on what children know and can do, rather than focus on what they can’t yet achieve, we work in consultation with parents and carers and provide a well-planned, well-organised learning environment; Above all, we aim to provide high quality care and education.
Our curriculum and pedagogy are guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage. This document highlights 7 areas pf learning which are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Maths, Understanding the world, literacy and Expressive arts and design.
Our curriculum is delivered through a play based approach that includes both child led and some adult led learning activities.
We offer a curriculum area designed for children aged 2 years up until 4 years old.
At St Albans the delivery of this curriculum is based around play activity. These activities include outside play with balls and hoops; music and rhyming games; group reading and role play; sand, dough and water play; creative art and construction; early writing practice and letter recognition; early counting and number ordering.
We offer a curriculum area designed for three and four year-olds to engage in focus activities relating to language and communication, numbers and problem solving , this area gives the children the best opportunities for effective learning in a quiet environment.
The children are encouraged to have fun and enjoy their learning through a variety of activities and experiences that are carefully planned to meet their needs. These activities will include such things as painting, making models and playing with sand and water – messy as well as fun. Because of this it is better if the children are dressed in comfortable clothes, ones that they are free to play and experiment in. They are observed regularly to assess their development and progress which is recorded on their learning wall and evidence of learning is shared on our online baby days system, allowing us to provide suitable and challenging next steps for the children to work towards and share more easily this learning with parents.