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Sarah Howard

Learning through the EYFS

At Table Hall, we support each child’s natural curiosity as they become learners through play and we develop their skills and knowledge across as many areas of learning as possible. The principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage are embedded into our practice- national guidance for working with children from birth to five, and children learn the wide range of experiences available and plenty of positive interaction with well-trained, professional staff.

Play helps young children to learn and develop through doing and talking, which research has shown to be the means by which young children learn to think. Our setting uses the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance to plan and provide a range of play activities, which help children to make progress in each of the areas of learning and development. In some of these activities, children decide how they will use the activity and, in others, an adult takes the lead in helping the children to take part in the activity. In all activities, information from 'Development Matters' the Early Years Foundation Stage has been used to decide what equipment to provide and how to provide it.

We encourage the children to make use out of the outdoor facilities as often as they wish. We operate a policy of free access. There are staff members constantly outside to support learning and exploration. We have an extensive garden and encourage the children to use the outdoors in all kinds of weather, believing that there is no such thing as ‘bad weather’ only ‘inappropriate clothes’. Once again, we encourage children to make their own choices regarding going outside. Our aim is to create and support an active lifestyle and instil a sense of wonder of the outdoors!