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Educational Aims and Objectives

Personal, social and emotional development
  • to establish constructive relationships with children, parents and practitioners

  • to offer activities for children to carry out alone, in small and large groups

  • to encourage children, to help them develop a positive sense of themselves and have confidence in their abilities

  • to offer children time to focus on activities and develop their own interests

  • to plan activities that promote emotional, spiritual, moral and social development.

Communication and language
  • to use communication, language and literacy in every part of the curriculum

  • to offer an environment rich in print and opportunities for communication

  • to offer opportunities to speak and listen in a range of situations

  • to develop the children's confidence and skills in expressing themselves.

Physical development
  • to provide opportunities for the children to be active and interactive

  • to offer activities to develop their co-ordination, control and movement

  • to help children understand the importance of physical activity

  • to help children make healthy choices in relation to food.

  • to encourage children to link sounds and letters, in order to begin to learn to read and write

  • to give children access to a wide range of reading material to stimulate their interest

  • to give children the opportunity to develop and improve their counting skills

  • to promote understanding and using numbers

  • to encourage children to work out simple addition and subtraction problems

  • to encourage an awareness of shapes, space and measures.

Understanding the world
  • to offer children practical activities where they can experience a range of new and exciting opportunities

  • to guide children to make sense of their physical world and community

  • to encourage exploration, observation and finding out about the people, places, technology and environment surrounding them​.

Expressive arts and design
  • to provide a stimulating environment in which creativity, originality and expressiveness are valued

  • to enable children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials

  • to offer children the chance to work alongside artists and creative adults

  • to encourage children to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a range of activities (eg. art, music, role play).

Characteristics of Effective Learning

We encourage the children to learn in the best way for them.

The characteristics of effective learning can be summarised as follows:


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
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