Your Child's Development
- Through a range of suitable equipment, small and large, indoor and outdoor to enable development of gross and fine motor skills, physical control, mobility and co-ordination
- Gross motor skills will be developed through access to supervised, safe, suitable open spaces where children can run, jump, skip and climb
- Fine motor skills will be developed through the use of crayons, scissors, brushes, construction materials, pegs and boards etc.
- Technological skills will be enhanced through the exploration of natural materials including sand and water.
- Staff will encourage children to learn through a variety of equipment enabling children to understand concepts, encourage problem solving and improving memory and concentration skills
- Children will be helped to reflect on their experiences and encouraged to learn from them
- Sand, water and bricks aid development of concepts such as volume, weight, size etc., other less tangible concepts such as time will be introduced
- The use of natural materials will be encouraged to aid development of an interest in science, technology and math.
- At Jolly Tots we recognise that children’s language develops at different rates and will encourage a variety of activities for language
- Staff will engage in meaningful exchanges, giving children opportunities to practice listening and speaking
- The provision of shared experiences through outings and visits should encourage conversation and understanding
- Staff will encourage speech using verbal and non-verbal prompts e.g. a nod or a smile
- Development of concepts such as under/over, before/after etc.
- Staff will encourage conversation on a one to one, small group and whole group basis
- Staff will help children play with words using rhymes, songs and stories.
- All aspects of the curriculum assist in the emotional development of the child though the following have been identified as more specific to this area
- Children will be helped to identify, name and explore their feelings, both positive and negative within a relaxed and secure environment
- Children will be encouraged to express their feelings to help them gain more self-control and should lead to sensitivity to the feelings of others and an awareness of responsibility for their own actions
- This emotional growth should encourage growth in self-esteem and self-confidence thereby enhancing their relationships with other children and adults.
- Children will be provided with opportunities to play together in settings that encourage them to learn to negotiate and co-operate, make concessions, assert themselves and fit in as part of the group
- Children will be allowed to develop their play without unnecessary interruptions from adults
- Development of social skills will be encouraged through the use of make believe play, poems and stories, music, outings and group projects.