Goldstone Valley Nursery and Preschool follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which is a statutory document drafted by the government. The guidance details the seven areas of development and breaks them into two categories, the primary areas and the specific areas.
Primary Areas of development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language Development
- Physical Development
Specific Areas of Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
The environment is carefully designed to spark the child’s interest and provide the child with endless opportunities to develop in the seven areas of learning. The role of the staff member is to be the link between the child and the environment. We have been inspired by ‘The Curiosity Approach’ which has influence from Reggio, Steiner, Te Whāriki and Montessori.
You will notice when entering each of the rooms at Goldstone Valley Nursery and Preschool that the children have access to real objects and the use of plastic in the environment is limited. The children learn that we need to care for and respect the environment. The resources also encourage imagination and allows the child to extend their play. For example, a plastic phone has a single use, however a wooden block could be a phone, a brick to build with or even money in a shop game!
Staff encourage the child to be independent and to explore and engage in the environment. We believe in helping the child to help themselves. Practitioners demonstrate vital skills for the children such as learning how to blow their nose or how to stand in a queue. These are essential lessons but often it is taken for granted that children will just pick up these skills.
Cultural Capital is the new ‘buzz’ term in Early Years, simply put, it is all the experiences a child needs to best prepare them in their life. Think of it as a puzzle, each experience is a piece of the puzzle that a child needs for the next phase of their learning and development. These experiences can be a trip to the beach, grocery shopping with a parent/carer or a trip to the library. We work closely with each family at the setting to ensure that each child has the ‘pieces to complete their own puzzle’.