My thoughts on early years from the Manager
I believe that first and foremost children should be motivated and confident. Our role is to ensure they are challenged but supported, encouraged and praised not for reaching their goals but for the journey to reach their goals. Children are unique, special little people who learn in a variety of ways. Each deserve time, patience and support to ensure they become the best that they can be. Giving children a voice and a choice builds self-esteem.
I feel strongly about building these skills along with independence to enable them to become confident learners. Children learn through first hand experiences and these experiences are what makes play interesting and informative.
I also feel strongly about the items we give them, Plastic toys have certainly got their place, but are very one dimensional. Where as Loose parts/Open ended resources open a huge world of imagination, discovery and thinking skills. Give children wood, a sheet, pegs and watch them turn it into a fantastic den. Through this they learn about concepts, sizes, safety, team work, language development and well the list is endless.
Counting and writing at a table is not a constructive way for children to learn, but counting steps outdoors, writing their names in sand, counting stones, shells and other natural materials during play is a far more fun way of doing things.