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Learning Through Play

How does your child learn with us?

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, a framework developed by early years experts and parents to support playgroups and all those providing care for children from birth – 5.

The framework sets out welfare standards that we must meet to ensure your child is safe and their welfare is our priority during their time with us.  In addition it focuses on 7 areas of learning, a summary of which is outlined below, but it is important to note that the underlying principle to the framework, and to the care and service which we provide at Milton mount, is FUN.  Children learn best through play and experience, so your child’s keyworker will ensure that your child has the tools around them to continue their journey in a happy, safe and fulfilling environment without pressure or undue restriction on their own creativity.


The 7 areas of learning

The below lists the areas of learning, and an example of how we use play to meet your child’s goals.  Every child is unique, and will develop at their own pace. We support and nurture this individuality by adapting play in response to their needs.


• Communication and language:
• Physical development:
• Personal, social and emotional development
• Literacy:
• Mathematics
• Understanding the world
• Expressive arts and design

You can get more information on how we work with the EYFS by speaking to a member of staff, downloading our parents guide, or visiting http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/parents/.


How you can help your children

All the little things you do with your child – like every day conversations, make-believe play and reading together make a big difference to their development.


The ‘Hungry Little Minds’ campaign provides lots of ideas that can help boost your child’s learning.  You can slot them into your routine and your children with love them, for example:


    • Play ‘I-Spy’ with them on the bus and you will see their imaginations light up
    • Talk to your child about what has happened so far in the day, for example, “We went to the shops this morning, didn’t we?  We bought some apples”
    • Talk about what is going to happen next, for example, “After lunch we’ll do the washing up”
    • Look at picture books together.  With each new page give your child time to point out things to you and talk about what they can see


Go to ‘Hungry Little Minds’ (https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk) for simple tips and activities, or to find out what’s available where you live, and set them up nicely for school!

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