Foundation Stage - Nursery & Reception
A building needs a firm foundation to stand tall and last. Equally, each child needs a firm educational foundation to grow and develop. We believe that at Chase Lane, our values and commitment to each individual child, helps to provide that foundation. Each child is unique and we aim to provide a learning experience that builds on each child’s strengths and interests. This is achieved in an amazing learning environment where children are able to learn effectively, stay safe and build positive relationships.
It is important for us that our children are able to learn mostly through play and first hand experiences. By providing open-ended challenges and a range of activities, children can interact with each other in purposeful play to create meaningful learning experiences. There is an excellent balance of child-initiated and adult-led activities to ensure the children are not only consolidating previous learning but are also taking the next step in their learning journey. In addition, we encourage all children to become independent and creative learners. This involves developing their skills in problem solving and critical thinking.
We provide a wealth of first-hand experiences for our children to enjoy and learn from. We regularly take walking trips into our local community: sharing books in the local library; shopping for ingredients in Sainsbury's or just walking around the park, observing the changes in the seasons. We host interactive drama workshops where children are able to immerse themselves in a story or play. We even have an annual visit from the zoo!
These experiences enrich each child’s learning journey with us and provide a springboard for further development. We work closely with the families of our children and it is important for us that we listen and learn from each other.
We work with each child, talking to them and observing them in play so that we can better understand their interests and learning needs and then plan activities to help them develop even further. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework which sets out the requirements of the Early Learning Goals and the stages that need to be met in order to achieve them. The requirements of this document can be found by clicking on the link below.