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Learning Through Play at Scallwags

Learning Through Play

From starting the adventure of pre-school to your child moving into school, Scallywags will provide all aspects of learning through play. We implement The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is a comprehensive statutory framework setting the standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five to ensure each child will receive a quality experience that supports their care, learning and development. (For further information visit www.everychildmatters.gov.uk ) Our curriculum policy is carefully planned by our team of qualified and experienced early years workers. This enables your child to learn through the six areas of development and prepare your child for The National Curriculum.

Areas of development

3 Prime Areas - Personal Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language.  4 Specific Areas - Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World, Expressive Arts and Design.  At Scallywags we encourage children to develop by learning through play. Here are some examples of the activities we share with your child:-

Painting & sticking

The process of changing basic materials into something of their own involves a great deal of learning and achievement.

Constructional Play

Playing with Lego, jigsaws, bricks, junk modelling, threading, develops hand-eye coordination skills and the ability to match shapes and colour. Using such toys children learn a great deal about mathematical ideas such as size number shape etc..

Natural Materials

First hand experience of the natural world is vital for children in handling sand, water, clay, leaves etc.. They learn what such materials will do, e.g. dry sand pours, wet sand moulds.

Pretend Play

Children love to dress up and be someone else. Their imagination can be stretched whilst playing in the home corner, post office, hospital, green grocers, hairdressers etc..

Discovery Books and stories help to develop imagination and extend the child's experience of the world. We will encourage your child to participate in activities such as dancing, playing musical instruments, story time and circle time. Children will discover new ways to express themselves. The pre-school is visit regularly by the mobile library. New smells and tastes are encouraged by our cooking activities.

Active Play

Healthy children have lots of energy and need the opportunity to dance; climb and balance to help bones and muscles develop. Your child will be able to play outside in our fabulous fun play area which has a bubble maker, see-saw, train, xylophone and lots of tricycles.