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The Playgroup aims to provide a varied and stimulating curriculum which will help to develop the interests and knowledge of each individual child and to build on their existing knowledge.
Whilst attending playgroup all children will have many opportunities to learn and develop skills in the following areas.

Language Development

  • Able to follow simple instructions
  • Enjoy listening to stories and have conversations
  • Be able to recite rhymes and sing songs
  • Talk about their own experiences, ask questions and respond to questions
  • Learn that the printed word has meaning and recognise their own name via symbol
  • Use resources (pens/pencils/brushes) to make marks and represent their ideas

Physical Development

  • Enjoy taking part in physical play
  • Hold resources appropriately
  • Have an awareness of space and themselves in it
  • Move confidently with co-ordination
  • Develop and refine gross motor skills (running, jumping, kicking balls and occasionally skipping)
  • Use small tools effectively (hole punch, stapler, scissors)
  • Understand the rules to simple games (Simon says, jelly beans)
  • Learn how to play safely indoors and when using outdoor equipment (climbing frame, trikes, scooters, bikes and play park apparatus)

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Become independent in their own personal hygiene
  • Learn how to cope with rules and routines
  • Become familiar with their peers and staff
  • Enjoy the company of other children
  • Know when to seek help and become confident in their own abilities
  • Form friendships with others
  • Learn how to share resources and co-operate with others
  • Be able to express their feelings (in words rather than actions)
  • Demonstrate acceptable behaviour
  • Develop concentration and be able to persevere with a task
  • Be able to show pride in their achievements

The Arts

  • Be able to express their ideas using a variety of media (paint, junk art, collage, drawings, models in clay/playdough)
  • Play imaginatively by themselves and with others (developing ideas and role play situations using costumes/face paints and props)
  • Enjoy listening to music and making music using a variety of materials and resources
  • Enjoy making sounds and singing to nursery rhymes/songs
  • Enjoy building models and deconstructing them
  • Enjoy exploring a range of artistic materials (flour/dough, sand, water, glue, rice, lentils, shells, pebbles)

The World Around Us

  • Actively use their senses to investigate everyday objects and events
  • Learn about and show care for living things (animals/insects/plant life)
  • Explore natural and manmade materials
  • Opportunities to meet people from the community and talk about their jobs (fire fighter/policeman etc.)
  • Learn about the weather and observe changes to it via the seasons

Mathematical Development

  • Able to talk about the daily routine
  • Talk about number and begin to count in sequence (1-5) and (1-10)
  • Beginning to use and understand a range of vocabulary associated with size and quantity
  • Able to make comparisons using appropriate language and use positional language to describe
  • Enjoy building models using a variety of materials
  • Be able to sort and match objects/resources according to criteria i.e. colour, size, pattern, shape
  • Begin to copy and repeat patterns
  • Problem solving
  • Recite number rhymes and songs

Key Worker System

A key worker is a member of staff who supports your child when they first come to playgroup and throughout the year. The key worker talks to each individual child about their family, pets, likes, dislikes in order to reassure them and help with the transition to playgroup. The key worker will make observations, there are used for parent interviews and to help plan for each child's development and progression.

Observations, Record Keeping and Confidentiality

In order to plan, prepare and organise for quality pre-school education, staff need to observe children at play, review and evaluate the curriculum regularly and maintain systematic records as stipulated in the Curricular Guidance for Pre-school Education (1997) D.E.N.I.
All observations/records/assessments are confidential. This information is only shared with parents/carers during parent interviews. Parents and playgroup staff can then work together to promote and encourage each individual child's learning in both the playgroup environment and at home. On some occasions information may be discussed with the EYS or Link Social Worker only to clarify best practice.