Little Fishes follows the new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework devised by the government to bring more emphasis to the 3 Prime Areas which underpin a child’s self-esteem and provide the building blocks for confident and successful growth. This is still based around our core ethos, which focuses on the importance of child-centred play carefully planned to maximise teaching opportunities, and staff planning is extended to meet the needs of each individual child.
All staff are mindful of the 4 overarching principles when planning opportunities and carrying out activities with the children.
Little Fishes children can often be seen taking walks with staff in the local community; making use of the local facilities such as the library, post office and museums, feeding the ducks and exploring local woodland and beaches. Within the nursery, toys and equipment are used both traditionally and with a twist ~ for example sand & water play giving opportunities for weighing and measuring, may run alongside messy play with spaghetti and baked beans for more creative exploration!!
All opportunities, whether planned or spontaneous, are used to extend the children’s learning experience – with staff using careful questioning and explanation to teach and support the children’s natural curiosity.