Welcome to Ashmead EYFS!
Ashmead EYFS consists of Nursery (morning and afternoon sessions) and Reception.
From September 2017 we will have two Reception classes. Also from September 2017 we will be facilitating the new government 30 hours funding initiative in Nursery. If you want to see the admission policy, including the eligibility criteria for a ‘full time’ place at Ashmead, it is under the Policies tab and also here: Nursery Admissions Policy 2017-18
At Ashmead our vision is for every child to leave us feeling ‘loveable and capable’.
Our Child Led Curriculum:
At Ashmead we plan our EYFS curriculum in a way that completely reflects what the child are interested in and what they want to learn more about. Learning in this way promotes optimum engagement, high levels of interest, sustained concentration and development and progress.
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The importance of play:
“Children’s play reflects their wide ranging and varied interests and preoccupations. In their play children learn at their highest level. Play with peers is important to children’s development.”
(Early Years Foundation Stage, Department for Children, Schools and Families, 2007)
At Ashmead we do not distinguish between work and play. We support children’s play and learning through planned play activities, through observation of child initiated or adult led play activities and then provide the most effective learning opportunities. Adults ‘play partner’ with children to support their learning through play, carefully intervening when appropriate, getting involved with the play and modelling by example to extend the play.
Please see the EYFS Meet the teacher slide here eyfs-parents-meeting-23-09
Well planned play both indoors and outdoors is one of the key ways in which children learn. It is the process through which children can explore, investigate, recreate and come to understand their world. It is not just imaginative and role play but includes spontaneous, self initiated lines of inquiry and exploration. Play is a vital part of children’s lives. It is an important way skills are developed and practised. Play is essential for physical, intellectual, linguistic, emotional, behavioural and social development.
At Ashmead we acknowledge that the environment plays a vital role in supporting and extending the children’s development. We aim to create an attractive, welcoming and stimulating learning environment which will encourage children to explore, investigate and learn through first-hand experience. We also aim to make it a place where children feel secure and confident and are challenged to develop their independence. Activities are planned for both the inside and outside environment. Children have the freedom to move between the indoor and outdoor classroom throughout the day.