Children are individuals who develop and learn in different ways and at different times. All areas of learning and development are equally important and interconnected. Here at Cottontails we promote children's independent thought, self confidence and self esteem through strong bonds with key workers, our learning environment and stimulating activities that enhance the children's learning through the Early Years Foundation Stage framework (EYFS).
This framework supports children from birth to the end of Reception year in primary school. The framework encompasses seven areas of learning. There are three prime areas the children mostly develop first, these are ; communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development. As your child develops and grows they are introduced more and more to the four specific areas which are; literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design. These areas are developed through playing, exploring, active play as well as through creative and critical thinking that takes place both inside and outside.
Our team provide planned experiences both indoors and outdoors based on the individual child's interest and EYFS requirements. The children are supported to learn with enjoyment, challenges and creativity. We have a balance of child initiated and adult led activities with additional support provided by our fully qualified teacher. Observation of the children are important to assess their learning needs and inform future planning which allows us to provide a variety of learning experiences that not only build on the child's interest but also on what they know.
Each child has their own Learning Journal which contains all the evidence to show the progress they are making. Each journal will document your child's development using photographs, learning stories, pieces of art work etc. You or your child can view their Learning Journal at anytime and it is a wonderful keepsake for when your child graduates from Cottontails.
We cater for all children as individuals and provide specialist resources and any additional training for the team. As a result every child's individual needs can be met in one inclusive environment, something we and the whole team are hugely proud of.