Early Years learning plays a vital part in laying the foundations that will support children throughout their education. There is evidence that 85% of brain development occurs before the age of five, and so it is crucial that the brain is stimulated and interconnections are made for all future learning within this period of time. This must be formed through a supportive, loving, caring, inspiring and happy environment encompassing both children’s home and school lives.
We want children to be as independent as possible, but encourage them to ask for help when they need it. When a child says “I can´t do it” we will always reply, “You can’t do it yet, but let’s work together to find out how you can”.
An important element of Early Years education is to support children in the development of fine and gross motor skills. As well as learning balancing, catching and manipulation in all activities, regular sessions learning Circus Skills helps children in this development.
General emotional wellbeing in children has been recognised to have depreciated in recent years. The reasons for this may be many – not enough time sitting round a dining table with face to face communication, perhaps, or increased reliance on screentime. We recognise that children in our care need more help with recognising and responding to each other´s physical or verbal responses.