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Summer term ends 20th July for funded and term time only children. Autumn term starts 3rd September.
Reminder! – Please can we remind all parents to bring in sun cream and sun hats as the weather is getting warmer.

My little girl’s first day at Childsplay was at the age of 5 months and she leaves in a couple of weeks to start her big school journey! There is no doubt in my mind that she is more than ready for the next phase of her journey, she will be starting school in September and is capable of counting to 50, writing her own name and can recite the full phonetic alphabet, Childsplay have played a massive part in her journey and I cannot thank them enough!

The girls at Childsplay have been amazing each and every step of the way, from weening, to potty training to moving house – the transition from home life to nursery life has been seamless and is the main reason I chose to keep my little girl in this nursery despite now living in Leeds. It’s a big decision to return to work full time as a mum but knowing that my little girl has been so happy to attend nursery has made the mama guilt much easier to take!

Thank you all so much, I know my child is going to miss you lots! 🙂

Sam

At Child’s Play we work towards the curriculum called EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) We cover the seven levels of learning which are;

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

We promote the EYFS continually throughout the children’s play. Each child has an individual EYFS folder which has a unique collection of children’s observation which we can use to monitor the child’s growth and development.

personal_social_emotional_development

Children are able to express feelings throughout their play within a stimulated nursery setting; we encourage children to socialise with other peers. Children have a strong bond with staff as each child has a key worker who cares for them and monitors their development through the use of the EYFS development file.

communication and language

The children have many opportunities to develop language skills, many children have learnt English as a second language through communicating at Child’s Play. To promote communication and language we do circle time twice a day, the activities during circle time vary and include Singing, Action Songs, Storytelling and Jolly Phonics.

physical_development

Part of the EYFS states we should have stimulating outdoor provisions. At Child’s Play each room has their own garden to promote physical development. Each garden has UV protection shelters to keep the children safe from the sun when playing outside.

Understanding of the World

We offer lots of trips out to local areas such as Dewsbury Library and Crow’s Nest Park. This is for the children to experience the wider environment and offer children new experiences, We also take an annual trip to Hepden Bridge.

We also have many construction bricks available for children to use to develop early science and technology skills. Child’s Play also helps meet this area of the curriculum by offering opportunities to small world role plays such as Cars & Garage, Farms, Jungle and Trains & Track.

Literacy

We focus highly on the importance of reading and writing. We encourage children to learn to recognise their names by having initial letters on all labels. The children have a self registration traffic light where they have to find their own initial and place this on green. This is the earliest sign of children reading, the labels are all the same and the children have these on all personal items too.

Mathematics

We continuously promote children to learn shapes and numbers from an early age, this includes Number Songs, Jigsaws, Counting, Shape Sorters and Treasure Baskets. In preschool we focus on a number a week, this is so that the children learn to count to this number in sequence, to form the number correctly and understand the number value. The children are really enjoying this way of learning mathematics. In each room there is continuous access to number cards and counting objects, the children often choose to play with the cards and enjoy learning their numbers.

expressive art and design

Children learn through play and make believe so at Child’s Play we promote children to have an active imagination. We offer different opportunities such as role play areas which change monthly depending on topics that children are learning. Staff join in on role play situations, children enjoy copying adults and act out situations around them and this helps to children to learn about the ‘real’ world.

Other opportunities this area of EYFS offers to children is the chance to be creative. We have a designated room for the preschool children to be messy and creative and activities include;

  • Cutting & Sticking
  • Painting
  • Mark Making
  • Sand & Water
  • Pasta Play
  • Shaving Foam
  • Cornflour
  • Collage Making
  • Playdough
  • Clay and much, much more!